British Tomato Fortnight

British Tomato Fortnight 2022
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Sow and Grow Your Own for British Tomato Fortnight 2022

To coincide with this year’s British Tomato Fortnight 2022, we take a look at:

  • Growing your own tomato plants from scratch
  • Transferring your seedlings and planting tomatoes in a grow bag
  • Interesting tomato facts

You can’t beat the flavour of a homegrown tomato so, to celebrate this year’s British Tomato Fortnight 2022, from 23 May until 5th June, we’ve got some great advice on how to grow your own, whatever your space.

Tomatos – Sowing the Seed

Growing tomato plants is a great way to discover the different varieties of tomato available. To get started, choose a suitable container, such as a seed tray, and lightly firm compost into the container with your fingers, placing the tomato seeds on top. Cover the seeds with about 0.5cm of soil, lightly water, and then label the pot so you know which variety is which. Be careful not to overwater but do keep the pots moist. Also, be sure to keep the pots at a temperature of around 21C, either in a greenhouse or on a window ledge. After about 7-10 days your seedlings should start to make an appearance, meaning it’s time to move your seedlings into a more spacious home. 

Fill larger posts with compost, water and make a hole using your fingers, or if you have one, a dibber.  The hole you make should be big enough and deep enough to fit the new seedling that’s moving in, along with its roots.  Once you’re ready, gently squeeze the tray to free up the plant with the soil and roots, making sure to hold it by the soil/root block but not the stem.  Place the seedling carefully into the hole and gently press the compost around the plant with the dibber.  Once you’ve completed the move, water your plants and pop them in a good spot to relax and enjoy some sunshine in their new home.

Transferring Your Tomato Plants

Once your seedling plants reach 4-5 inches tall, they’ll need to be carefully moved to more nutrient-rich soil. If you’re planting outside, compost and composted manure are great additions to the soil for tomatoes.

Whilst you’ll need to put the digging work in, we can at least make the transporting of the materials much easier with our Q Garden Poly Garden Dump Cart.  Featuring easy manoeuvrability, with large wide-profile tyres, which can be guided across your lawn without damage, an ingenious tipping mechanism also makes this cart a great way to transport heavy tomato grow bags, which is another option when it comes to the growing process.

If transferring your plants to a grow bag, give them a good watering first. Then, take your grow bag and give it a good shake to dislodge any compacted compost and distribute the air. Once done, lay your bag down, and cut three sections out from the top of the bag. To plant straight from the pots, dig a hole for the pot and cut the base so the roots are exposed, removing any lower leaves from the main stem, and placing them at a good depth. Alternatively, to plant straight into the compost, remove the plant from its pot, remove any leaves lower down, loosen the leaves, and plant.

Growing Tomatoes – Limited by Space!

If you don’t have access to a garden, allotment, or any other shared gardening space, why not plant your tomatoes in a hanging basket?

Growing tomatoes doesn’t have to be hard, it’s a fun activity that doesn’t have to be limited by space, you can even grow them on your windowsill! Nutritious and healthy, it’s also a great way to create ingredients for a series of mouth-watering recipes such as pickles and salsa.

Juicy Tomato Facts

  • Remove Tomatoes have been successfully grown in space
  • Tomatoes are technically fruit
  • In the UK, we eat 500,000 tonnes of fresh tomatoes every year
  • There are over 10,000 varieties of tomato
  • The first tomatoes were gold and considered an aphrodisiac

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