Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:19
Today, after a late planting, I tasted my first home grown tomatoes of the year picked from the lowest trusses of their vines.
The first one was cherry size, despite being Moneymaker and the others being larger. I ate it raw and it tasted a bit weak and watery, though it had a very natural and nice taste. Very different from supermarket tomatoes. The other was larger and I sliced it and grilled it on bread. The grill drying it out a bit concentrated the flavour and it was delicious! The skin was also incredibly thin, splitting around half the fruit just by washing it under the hot tap to rinse off tomato feed splashes.
I think the weak taste may be down to over feeding or over watering?
Either way, I'm looking forward to the rest ripening on the vines more than ever.
I also found a bit of blight toward the top of one vine, so I cut out that branch a couple of inches before the darkening. At the end of that branch were a few small green tomatoes on healthy vine, so I've stuck the end of the branch (after removing the diseased section) into the soil, hoping it somehow draws up moisture and nutrients and the tomatoes continue growing. I'm not hopeful though.