Growing tomatoes can be touch and go, especially in Tassie. Most years Kerry and Nick have been in the red but this year it’s been a bumper crop. According to Tasmanian grenthumbs, the cut off to plant is by Hobart Show Day, which is late October.
In 2013, Kerry and Nick took a punt and planted their tomatoes in early December. They planted a number of varieties into their well composted vegie patch. The most abundant was the Ailsa Craig pictured above. Thank you to neighbours John and Mary, who have been successfully growing tomatoes in Tasmania for years. They gave these seedlings to Kerry and Nick.
Late planting meant a late harvest. In fact, it wasn’t until mid March 2014 that the green fruits blushed a passionate red and The Tassie Farm was boasting sweet, home grown tomatoes. Even today, Kerry and Nick are still harvesting and processing their tomatoes. So far they’ve made, chilli jam, tomato and sweet fruit chutney, semi sundried tomatoes in oil, tomato ketchup and their first batch of passata.
The best thing about growing tomatoes is that you don’t need a big patch – just a pot with some rich compost and the right variety for wherever you live. If you’d like to relish in more tomato stories, click here http://thetassiefarm.com.au/you-say-tomato/