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Beef Tomatoes

This week it is British Tomato Week 22nd-28th May which is launched by the British Tomato Growers Association to promote our own locally grown tomatoes.

British grown tomatoes are available in shops now, picked when they are perfect for eating and with only a short distance to travel to the shops they are super fresh, tasty, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Although many British growers produce tomatoes on a large scale they care about the environment, millions of bumblebees are used each year to pollinate plants, insects are used as a natural pest control and millions of gallons of water are stored from glasshouse roofs for irrigation.

Tomatoes are delicious fresh or cooked, they are very healthy containing Vitamins A, C and E, and Potassium and Calcium, they are low in calories and contain virtually no fat or cholesterol.

Store your Tomatoes at room temperature, keeping them in the fridge impairs their flavour.

Did you know?

  1. Tomatoes are fruits not vegetables.
  2. In Britain we each eat on average two tomatoes every week.
  3. Tomatoes originate from the Andes in South America, where they grow wild. They were first cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 AD.
  4. Tomato Seeds have been grown in space.
  5. The largest UK tomato glasshouse covers 26.5 acres, but is currently being extended to 44.5 acres, or 18 hectares. That’s the size of 25 international football pitches.

For more information and tomato facts have a look at the British Tomato Growers website and for a large selection of delicious tomato recipes click here.

So support our growers by buying British and local Tomatoes or why not have a go at growing your own it is a lot easier than you think and now is the perfect time to plant them, click here for a Guide to Growing your own Tomatoes.

Gill

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Beef Tomatoes

This week it is British Tomato Week 20th-26th May which is launched by the British Tomato Growers Association to promote our own locally grown tomatoes.

British grown tomatoes are available in shops now, picked when they are perfect for eating and with only a short distance to travel to the shops they are super fresh, tasty, healthy and environmentally friendly.

Although many British growers produce tomatoes on a large scale they care about the environment, millions of bumblebees are used each year to pollinate plants, insects are used as a natural pest control and millions of gallons of water are stored from glasshouse roofs for irrigation.

Tomatoes are delicious fresh or cooked, they are very healthy containing Vitamins A, C and E, and Potassium and Calcium, they are low in calories and contain virtually no fat or cholesterol.

Store your Tomatoes at room temperature, keeping them in the fridge impairs their flavour.

Did you know?

  1. Tomatoes are fruits not vegetables.
  2. In Britain we each eat on average two tomatoes every week. 
  3. Tomatoes originate from the Andes in South America, where they grow wild. They were first cultivated by the Aztecs and Incas as early as 700 AD. 
  4. Tomato Seeds have been grown in space.
  5. The largest UK tomato glasshouse covers 26.5 acres, but is currently being extended to 44.5 acres, or 18 hectares. That’s the size of 25 international football pitches. 

For more information, recipes, and facts have a look at the British Tomato Growers website and the Kid’s Tomato Zone for fun activities.

So support our growers by buying British and local Tomatoes or why not have a go at growing your own it is a lot easier than you think and now is the perfect time to plant them, click here for a Guide to Growing your own Tomatoes.

Gill

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If your tomato plants look like mine, they will be getting nice and tall, if not a bit unstable in their growbags.  But this year I have the perfect solution with these Cane Growbag Frames.

So simple yet so sturdy, they will provide all the additional support needed to keep the plants nice and stable as they begin to produce fruit.  The perfect solution to a perennial problem!

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If you are growing standard tomato plants keep an eye out for side shoots this month. 

Side shoots will take nutrients from the main plant and will reduce your crop of tomatoes.Pinch them out when they are around an inch or so long. 

For everything you need to grow your own tomatoes – from grobags to tomato grow houses, click here.

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The Vitogrow and Octogrow are amazing portable gardens, propagators and mini greenhouses all in one.  They are so simple to use and give extremely good growing results every time. 

Voted “Best Buy propagator” by BBC Gardeners’ World, they are perfect for serious gardeners, but their simple, effective design and their flexibility to be positioned just about anywhere also make them a good choice for schools and children’s nurseries.

The Vitogrow

With its clever self-watering systems the Vitogrow gives fabulous salad and herb crops every time.

Ideal for inexperienced gardeners and professionals alike, just keep the water reservoir topped up and the Vitogrow does the rest.  Clever Capillary Strips distribute water where it is needed whilst the Feeder Tray separates the water from the plants, meaning that plants are never stood in water (which could lead to rotting and suffocation).

Perfect for growing salad crops

Plants are healthier in a Vitogrow because they are provided with constant access to water and nutrients without the plants sitting in water

Crops can be cultivated anywhere and the kit is available in two sizes.  Vitogrow contains everything you need to get growing.  Just add compost and sow your seeds.  No experienced required.

The self watering system gives the plants perfect growing conditions

The Octogrow

..And if you want great crops of tomatoes, chillies, beans and peppers the Octogrow is definitely for you.  With automatic watering that uses a reservoir and clever feeding mechanism the system continually provides your vegetable plants with the water and nutrients they need. …So they quickly produce strong and healthy crops.

The Octogrow is designed by horticulturists and is easy to set up and use.  Simply add compost, your plants, water and the plant nutrients into the reservoir.  Then sit back and watch the plants flourish!

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