Tomato plants and dish cloths

This is a lovely time of the year to be gardening in Brisbane. Yesterday morning was warm and sunny, a pleasant 25 degrees.  My first job of the day over at the allotment was to knock in more stakes to support the cherry tomato plant.  It is really hard to raise a decent tomato at the farm as it’s a case of ‘fruit fly rules’.

The only tomato that seems to be ignored by the fruit fly is the cherry tomato, and they are so prolific over at the farm they grow like weeds.  The seedlings pop up all over the place, and not necessarily where you want them, but I made an exception a while back when I found one particularly strong little critter growing on my allotment.

It has been providing me with a steady supply of tiny tomatoes for a few weeks now. And they are so sweet. But they do tend to go a bit rampant so I knocked in even more stakes to support this plant.

I needed something to tie the plant to the stakes and re-cycled an old chux dish cloth, cutting it into narrow strips. I have tried string in the past but it’s a bit harsh for the soft tissue of the tomato plant. It’s lifted the tomatoes off the ground, so hopefully I’ll be picking tomatoes for a while yet.  Does look like it’s wearing hair ribbons tho’.

Should have left the red tomatoes on the plant until after the photo but I had already picked them for my lunchtime sandwich, and a few more to go on top of my pasta dish for dinner.

Still plenty of green leaves in my little salad greens area, picked some leaves to go with the tomatoes for lunch.


I need to keep salad greens coming along so here are the new Drunken Woman lettuces filling out. They’ll be next. You can also see the tops of a row of harlequin carrots. I only have a small allotment, so I plant in small rows, but it also cuts down on waste.

Linda Brennan will be giving one of her interesting workshops at the farm this morning. More about that in the next post.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. promenadeplantings
    May 14, 2012 @ 19:17:47

    The dish cloths are a great idea, I like your thinking !

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  2. Allotment adventures with Jean
    May 15, 2012 @ 08:04:15

    Thank you for your comment. And now I’ve discovered your blog I love the photographs, especially the poppies. St Leonards on Sea must be a wonderful place to live, and being so far south I expect you get the warmer days earlier than your northern neighbours.

    Reply

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