After all the despair about the tomatoes because of the poor light levels, checking back I find that they are exactly where they should be! I’ve started picking them at exactly the same time as last year and the first three Brandywine added up to an impressive 772grams (1lb 7oz) in weight (that does not include the weight of the dish). So I’m back on my favourite lunchtime treat of walnut sourdough tomato sandwiches.
Brandywine & Sungold
The tomatoes in the greenhouse are providing us with pickings every other day. Just about enough to keep pace with my current lunchtime obsession – walnut sourdough bread rubbed with garlic and piled high with sliced Brandywine tomatoes, pepper and salt and basil and a drizzle of olive oil. I’ve eaten the same lunch for 10 days now and it tastes as good as on the first day!
The tomatoes are ripening apace and the delicious Brandywines are the star performers – huge and delicious. I’m currently addicted to tomato sandwiches. The turbo peppers from Suttons are also performing well – far better than the non-grafted varieties.
The tomatoes are romping up their supports with second or third flower trusses opening. Like last year, the Brandywine tomatoes are proving to be very leggy with a good 60cm between the trusses, so there’s a likelihood that they will hit the roof of the greenhouse before the third truss. If they weren’t so overwhelmingly delicious I wouldn’t grow them again. The peppers are planted in an old wine box and look very happy and the zinnias are coming on nicely. I’ll plant them out on my return. I’ve moved nearly everything else outside.