Save $$’s and grow your own

If ever there was a reason to grown your own food it has to be these little darlings. Cherry tomatoes self-seeded and growing like weeds over at the allotment.

I harvested these yesterday. Picked with the warmth of the sun still on their skin these tiny fruits explode in your mouth in a burst of deliciousness.  They are selling similar tomatoes locally for $24 a kilo.

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Compare them with the small box of matches and you see just how tiny they are.

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I realise not everybody has a garden, or an allotment.  (At home I have a small balcony and I started by growing herbs and salad greens in pots.)  I’ll be writing more later about finding space to grow your own food if you don’t have a garden.

Happy gardening.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ruth (MrsW)
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:00:27

    They look so yummy! Lucky you getting to enjoy them 🙂 I love cherry tomatoes and can’t wait to get some into the garden this year.

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  2. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:16:01

    Thank you for visiting Ruth. It’s great to have these cherry tomatoes popping up all over the community garden.

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  3. tootlepedal
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:41:55

    There’s little to beat home grown tomatoes.

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  4. Maria
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:47:13

    I gulped when I read the price then realised those tomatoes are sold on punnets and that you had worked out the price per/k! Like you I have some self sown tomato plants and I’ve also had a bumper crop…nothing like homegrown is there?

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:57:34

      Hi Maria. You are right, they are sold in little punnets. But in common with lots of supermarket items the price per kilo was printed on a small sign under the display. I gulped too. And did I mention the individual container of thick plastic – don’t start me on the packaging!

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  5. Kathy
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:51:03

    Great that you are saving money on growing your own tomatoes. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Oct 08, 2014 @ 07:56:12

      I will be eating these cherry tomatoes in the summer months Kathy because the dreaded fruit fly don’t seem to bother them. Now the weather is really warming up it brings out this pest and it’s really hard to successfully protect full sized tomatoes from being stung.

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  6. brisigirl1945
    Oct 08, 2014 @ 19:05:42

    Hi Jean nice to see you back blogging. Seeing your tomato harvest has reminded me of just how many we have had this season. I finally talked Vic into growing small ones as well as the big tomatoes and they just keep coming. I’m hoping we continue to get a bit more warm weather so that the ones that are starting have time to mature. If I knew how to post a photo of them I would but there doesn’t seem an option here that I can.

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  7. narf77
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 04:25:06

    I recently read Lambley parks (Melbourne, arid specialist garden) newsletter about how we should all buy good quality tomato see for our gardens and almost died when I saw them selling some more interesting seed types at “5 seeds for $19.95”! That really doesn’t give much margin for germination failure now does it?! The tomatoes might have been half red, half black but is that the most important thing about a tomato?! I would rather have a delicious sweet cherry tomato that was easy to grow and that rewarded me with millions of them on one vine than a prissy UBER expensive weird tomato that was half black Russian (which I don’t like) just because it was unusual. Have we come to growing things because of the price rather than the results? I hope not. It would appear that the elitists are trying to hijack veggie gardening like they did with cooking. Next it will be “artisan vegetable gardening, SO much better for the planet” 😉

    For some reason I added a “Brisbane local foods” blog to my RSS Feed Reader. Not entirely sure why as most of what grows well up there would cark it down here but we can dream can’t we? ;). I wonder if this place is anywhere near you Jean and if you might like to attend?

    http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/profiles/blogs/open-day

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  8. Allotment adventures with Jean
    Oct 09, 2014 @ 04:41:35

    When it comes to seeds Narf I favour the idea of seed saving, if you find a veggie that does well growing in your own land then it’s gotta be good. I’ve been told to always sacrifice your best plant for the seeds (hard!). And then we get these self-seeding plants who just can’t wait to get growing again. How can you beat that.
    But on the other hand I get a bit excited when Judith at the allotment sent off for a few ‘interesting’ ones from the catalogue. We use a local seed company so at least we know we have a better chance of success, and they grow organically . BUT $19.95! I don’t think so. Not with my rate of germination success.
    Thank you for the link to Brisbane Local Food. I am a member and live within half an hour of the open-day event you mention.

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