By my normal standards, this is pretty pathetic, but I am proud to announce that despite all the problems, I have at last managed to produce a few (a very few) ripe tomatoes!
Well, something is better than nothing.... These are the first useable specimens of "Orkado" (the big one), "Maskotka" and "Banana Legs" (obviously, the yellow one).
The Maskotka one was nice, with a good strong taste. Quite a decent tomato actually. The Orkado was rather dry, with a tough skin and a hollow centre with very little of the "jelly" you normally find around the seeds. And the Banana Legs one was insipid, almost completely tasteless. Now I am not saying that these tomatoes are representative of their varieties; far from it. Last year and the year before I grew Orkado and it produced some very fine specimens, so I think the poor quality is entirely due to the problems with the contaminated compost.
Some of the tomato plants are beginning to "grow out of" the weedkiller damage. Their newest foliage is looking slightly less contorted:
It's evidently not normal but it's not quite as bad as before. I think it will probably be too late in the season for the plants to set any more fruit on this new foliage, but at least it will help them to bring to maturity such fruit as is already there - i.e. not a lot!
For now, I'm placing my main faith in good old "Maskotka":
This is the only variety that looks like being even half decent this year.
So sad that you are having such trouble with your tomatoes. At least you have something though.ReplyDelete
"Banana legs" look more like a chilli than a tomato! Despite all these, I hope you still have a fairly good harvest.ReplyDelete
If professional gardeners didn't tend to make their own compost I'm guessing there would be an outcry about the quality and performance of commercial products.ReplyDelete
Let's start an outcry then!Delete
I'm trying - I've emailed the RHS about concernsDelete
Love the yellow one. You just needs buffalo now and you could make your own caprese salad!ReplyDelete
Dom, it would have to be a very SMALL buffalo then...Delete