Winter supplies

In Monty Don’s piece in the current Gardener’s World Magazine

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he talks about how it is unusual these days to grow crop quantities with the objective of supplying all one’s needs. A few speciality items being more usual.

Well, like him, our aim is to grow enough tomatoes to keep us supplied with cooking sauce through the winter. Last year’s crop was terrible – we blame the weather patterns.

This year we have had a lot more fruits on the plants

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But the slow process of ripening keeps us on tenterhooks through September… October… November?

Slowly we are getting there, day by day, trug

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by trug

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by trug

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Some for lunches

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but most to be chopped

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baked

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and bagged

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These are the varieties we grew this year

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As novices at this game we have only recently learned that tomato varieties can be categorised by “days” – from flowering to ripening. As ardent followers of Beechgrove,

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where they know about such things, we will be using that information to choose what we grow next year.