Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:00
Nibsy, Dig out around six inches of greenhouse bed, put down a heavy liner and put your garden fork through it in several places. Now cover with pea gravel.
You will need to use 10-12 inch bottomless pots or rings made from stiff plastic, place them on the gravel, it is best to put some plastic or thin wood under the pot first, this keeps the compost in place until you compact it a little. Fill the pot about half way with good compost, you can use glow bag compost for this and then slowly withdraw the plastic or wood under the pot, let that settle and warm up keeping it slightly damp.
My way is to put the small pots the tomato is in untill it has set the first fruit (tiny green lumps behind the flower) into the rings on the gravel and let them aclimatise, a few days later drop the plant out of the small pot and into the ring, water in and leave.
When all around me had blight I had tomato's right up to October, they need a bit of care. The bottemless pot allows the water through to the roots in the gravel where it is needed though the main pot still needs to be slightly damp. When you have a few trusses set then top up the pot with fresh compost, do this a couple of times as the plant grows. Tie the plants to canes or strings with loose ties, take out the side shoots that grow from the leaf axle and when the first trusses are fully ripe then remove some of the bottom leaves. When it gets late in the year if you still have fruit remove the leaves on the sunny side so the fruit will ripen.
I hope this answers some of your queries but come back if in doubt, I have grown tomato's for many years mostly with success although saying that Money Maker are prolific but I do not grow them as I think they are not very tasty.