Last week, I wrote about the garlic that I’m growing in pots in my yard. This week, it’s the tomatoes’ turn. As I mentioned before, I got two tomato plants from Joan last year. I’ll admit, I was worried when she gave them to me that I’d kill them like I do most plants. However, luckily, they didn’t die and from those two tomato plants, I got bowls and bowls of sweet cherry tomatoes.
This year, for my birthday from Joan, I got a little packet of seeds and some growing instructions and I was on my own! I followed the instructions and in the days after Saint Patrick’s day, I sprinkled some seeds into some egg trays and put them in the windowsill. I watered them daily and tried to protect them from Ollie – I was mostly successful with this feat, but he did manage to upscuttle one tray on one occasion (and stick his paw in a tray on another occasion), but the tomato seedlings are hardy and they managed to sprout and grow.
I didn’t know how many seeds to sprinkle so I just went with a pinch for each tray and I’ve ended up with 45 little plants! Two plants last summer yielded enough tomatoes for sauces and everything so imagine how over-run I’d be with 45! I’ve already given some to my mother and grandfather and I’ll pass a few on to Joan and some other friends. If anyone is reading this and is close to Dublin 7, I’d be happy to give away some more – just get in touch!
The next question is what to do with the plants. Traditionally, tomato plants are held upright with canes. However, when I was discussing them with my grandfather (a great gardener), he mentioned that you can place the pots up high and allow them to grow downwards. I love this idea and I’m definitely going to try it with some of mine. We have a flat roof above our kitchen, so I’m thinking that I could line some pots up at the edge and allow them to trail down. It’d be like having a tomato curtain outside the back door!