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Deciding on the Right Tomato Variety

2 Nov


Tomatoes come in many shapes, sizes, colours and flavours, and with more than 11,000 recorded varieties, choosing what to grow can be a little daunting! Here are some tips to help you get started. Jointed or Jointless Tomatoes Tomato varieties are either jointed or not jointed. Jointed tomatoes retain their stalk when picked, whereas jointless […]

Are Heirloom Tomatoes Worth the Hype?

2 Aug

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes were the norm prior to the 20th century. For centuries most families in our current first world countries grew their own vegetables and fruit, collecting seed and replanting it season after season. This meant that the tomatoes grown in different areas, and on individual plots, were often distinctly different, as the seed was […]

Why Home-grown Tomatoes Taste Better than Bought Tomatoes

3 Jun

Why Home-grown Tomatoes Taste Better than Bought Tomatoes

Researchers at the University of Florida say they have discovered exactly why the tomatoes we grow in our veggie gardens at home taste so much better than those sold in shops and supermarkets. Their findings published in the online version of Current Biology (24 May 2012) titled The Chemical Interactions Underlying Tomato Flavor Preferences, state […]

Choosing the Best Little Fruity Tomatoes

12 Jan

cherry tomatoes

Some of the most appealing little tomatoes on the market today come with names that make them sound ultra fruity and wonderfully tasty. And it’s not just plain cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes that fit the bill. Today they come in so many shapes and colours, it’s difficult to know what to choose. So next […]

All about Grape Tomatoes

7 Nov

Grape Tomatoes

If you’re looking for an exciting, tasting hybrid tomato plant to grow in your garden, now is the time to try out grape tomatoes. Originally developed during the 1990s, these dinky tomatoes have become hugely popular small-sized tomatoes. They have a slightly thicker skin than cherry tomatoes – more like the skin of yummy beefsteak-type […]

The World’s Smallest Tomato

3 Oct


People often get a kick out of growing the biggest vegetables possible. In fact there are competitions that farmers enter to show off their giant vegetables. And the biggest of the big sometimes even get into the Guinness Book of Records. Record-sized Tomatoes Certainly the world’s biggest tomato has made it into the Guinness Book […]

Choosing Which Cherry Tomatoes to Grow in Your Garden

16 Sep

Yellow Cherry Tomatoes

Tomatoes are amongst the most rewarding veggies to grow in your own home garden – although strictly speaking they are a true berry, and therefore a fruit. This is probably why so many different tomatoes have generically fruity names: for instance plum tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and of course, much-loved cherry tomatoes. About Cherry Tomatoes Native […]

Garden Fresh Tomato and Pepper Salsa

27 May

Tomato Salsa

Tomatoes and peppers are amongst the easiest vegetables to grow successfully in any garden. So if you plant them at the same time, there’s a good chance that you will get a good crop. You can expect to be able to bottle at least two litres of salsa from this recipe. Having said this, tomatoes […]

Why Some Tomatoes Grow More Successfully Than Others

13 May

Siberian Tomatoes

Deciding which type of tomatoes to grow can be as simple as buying whatever seedlings are available at your local nursery, to seeking out a specific variety you want to grow. Either way it is important to be sure that the variety or varieties you choose are suitable for your own garden. There are more […]

Growing Tomatoes – Heirloom Vs Hybrid Varieties

7 Mar

Tomato Varieties

Tomatoes from the grocery store shelves taste like-NOTHING! Why? Most of the tomatoes purchased from grocery stores have been harvested days before they reach the grocery, treated to turn red, and bred to stay firm and not bruise on the shelves. Plant breeding for the last fifty years has concentrated on producing a tomato that […]