Hello all, I'm looking for some practical advice..
So this time last year we finally moved to a new home with a garden. The previous owner was a big gardener and I'm lucky to have various veg patches, a green house and a small potting shed.
Although I had some success (Peas, bean and corgettes) the tomatoes just didn't seem to work very well. As a gardening novice I followed the basic instructions from this website (and others) and had them all in the greenhouse by May and it looked pretty good. They were all potted up, lots of water and they were basically basking in the hottest summer I can remember. However the actual tomato fruit growth was pathetic. I had loads of different varieties but had very little croppage (that's a real word)
Come middle of September I gave up and stopped watering and pinching out etc and decided to let them die a slow undignified death as some sort of weird revenge on my part. Only they didn't die, they kept coming and started producing (quite slowly) tomatoes from October until the middle of November
So any advice on what to do this year to get them going quicker and earlier. Any easy to grow varieties would also be appreciated. Finally one last point. We were on holiday in Greece last year and they were growing tomatoes like footballs in soil that was harder than reinforced concrete. The plants looked a mess but the tomatoes were fantastic.