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Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 11:32

Michael mpc : Try ILDI for the children, they're lovely, just like little yellow sweets. Dead easy to grow and the trusses are huge. They keep well too.

Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 11:28

I found Tommy Toe on Plant World Seeds website last night, here's a link if anyone's interested.


If you do grow it and like it, just save some seed on kitchen paper on your windowsill and once dried pick them off and put in a plastic re-sealable bag. It will keep very well for a good number of years.

Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 27/02/2016 at 01:25

Yipeee I've found some saved seed in by seed box for Tommy Toe    I grew it for four or five years but thought I'd ran out of seed last year but oh joy, I've found some lurking in the gloom at the bottom of my box ha ha.  Tommy Toe is an Heirloom variety often referred to as cherry but the fruit are bigger than that.  In my humble opinion it's a superb tomato and one I wouldn't like to be without. It's a nice size for slicing, it tastes very good and doesn't split like a lot of others.  It's a really strong grower and that's probably why it's very forgiving of my poor horticultural habits. The yield is good, it seems to be quite resistant and able to cope with the wild temp variations in my greenhouse as well as my rather "forgetful" feeding regime. I had one plant that I left in a quite small pot on the greenhouse floor but it sent roots out through the bottom of the pot and under a plastic sheet and it turned into a triffid ! It was huge, I could almost see it growing and when I cut it back at the end of the year I couldn't believe how little root there appeared to be just beneath the plastic.  It does well outside too, AND comes true from saved seed so well worth a go.  So my favourites are Tommy Toe for a slicing tom and ILDI a lovely yellow heritage pear shaped cherry, which has up to 80 fruit on each truss AND just for good measure also comes true from saved seed. The fruit keeps well too.   Can't wait for summer now, I sowed them today


Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 10:58

I grew Sweet Million last year and it tasted very sweet. Nice tom BUT it splits like the devil. By the time each one is ripe it's split.


Talkback: Top tomato varieties to grow

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 10:33
Gardeners delight's OK but not a large crop. Money maker I don't remember being anything special. I've never been able to grow Marmande well, even in a greenhouse, they need lots of sun and I've never never had a good yield from them. Golden Sunrise split at the drop of a hat. Shirley is OK and Tumbling Tom but I find ILDI wind hands down for me in the cherry tom dept. ILDI is a heritage variety so you can keep your own seed year on year and it comes true and it has huge trusses of lovely sweet yellow plum shaped toms, delicious.


Posted: 17/08/2012 at 16:59

Hi Phil, I have grown one called Key Lime Pie which are supposed to grow to 4 ft high.  They are a really nice pale yellow too.  The seed was from Thompson and Morgan but I did buy it in 2010.  They still germinated well though.  

High ther Dovie girl, I have grown Russian Giant too and had the same probs, tall but small heads, must be the weather.

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 19:14

Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa hahahahaha Sorry to disappoint, I'm cutting and running having scored game set and match I think.  

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 17:15
sotongeoff wrote (see)

Flowerpotty-have you seen Beechgrove?- that might be more to your liking.

No not heard of that one but will try anything at least once.  Thanks 

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 17:00

The SIMPLE version !  I think GW has been much much better than it now is with MD and at Long Meadow.  Who ever is responsible for content and situation is irrelevant, this is a personal observation and you don't have to agree with me.  Of course there is still some good content, I have never argued with that but anyone living in this century would agree that it's slow and not nearly as good as it was or should be.  Long Meadow is a poor setting because it's, boring, unrepresentative of most modern gardens and old fashioned. The show had strayed into content that has no place on GW and I think it needs a complete rethink.  That's it. AT is irrelevant in any genre.  Point made.   I'm off to do something interesting with my life.  Thanks for the entertainment, I havn't laughed so much on one of these bloggs in my life.  Enjoy your gardens.

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Posted: 15/08/2012 at 16:28

I don't think I suffer from confusion regarding your meaning Dove, and I never ever said that I particularly like AT in any particular genre, you simply assumed. When I responded to Maud who said bring back AT she and I both mean in his role with GW not ground force or any other such show.  I didn't know that he was bringing out another show until you told me so I have no idea what it's about.  As far as "some of us prefer a programme that is about plants and horticultural technique" Havn't you actually been reading what I've been writing?  Staggering


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