This year my tomatoes seem to be pulling through quite well, despite the blight. Some of my plants are looking a bit sparse because I have picked off so many blighted leaves, but I am still confident of a decent harvest.
One of the star performers is "Sungold", a very well-known variety, popularly reckoned to be amongst the best tomatoes of all time for flavour. Funnily enough this is the first time I have ever grown it, but I don't think it will be the last.
Sungold is a very prolific fruiter too. Look at the number of fruits on this one truss:
I have just one plant of "Roma", which I planted very late, as one of my Reserves. It has got some good-looking fruit on it despite having blight in some of the stems.
I have just harvested the first few of my large tomatoes - "Orkado". This foursome weighed-in at 341 grams.
I have already harvested loads of the little "Cherry" tomatoes though. This is "Losetto". Very similar to "Lizzano" which I also have. They both produce very small fruits. Come to think of it, they're about the size of a cherry!
"Losetto" and "Lizzano" are all very well, but it would take a lot to wean me away from "Maskotka".
But this is more like it (elsewhere on the same plant):
I have been pleasantly surprised to see that the blight-affected plants have managed to produce new foliage. This is most unusual. I normally reckon that once a plant is affected by blight it is almost certain to die very soon. Not this year, evidently. Maybe the weather conditions have not been conducive the the blight's spread?
|"Lizzano", with new leaf growth appearing.|
|New growth appearing on a blighted stem|
So, as you can see, a mixed result again. Next year I will probably revert to growing mainly the blight-resitant varieties, of which there are currently only a few available to purchase. [I have Ferline and Orkado, but I have also had Legend.] I usually do this the year after a major blight attack - and then of course we have a year without blight and I think I'm safe to go back to growing all sorts of different toms...!