Monday, 4 October 2010

I have officially given up growing tomatoes ...

About five years or so ago I first tried growing my own veg ... I didn't have a garden at the time, just a very small patio area. I had one large plant pot, a tomato plant, a courgette plant, a pepper plant, an aubergine and some basil. All in the one pot. My mum had seen an article in The Times called the "one pot garden" or something like that ... and I gave it a try. I had a whole summer of beautiful ripe tomatoes and other veg ....

In 2007 me and Mr Plum bought our flat with a garden! Yes ... A GARDEN! In 2008 Mr Plum bought me a greenhouse for my birthday ... and the growing began!

But .... I have not had a very successful time with my tomatoes .... here is most of this year's crop ... I still have a few more to pick.

If you look closely you will see three ripe tomatoes ...woopie!

Green tomato chutney, again, anyone?

No ... I couldn't face it again, either! I still have a fridge full of jars from last year! So I have chopped them up and stuck them in the freezer. I don't think that I will bother growing tomatoes next year!

4 comments:

VintageVicki said...

Too late for this year BUT next summer, put the unripened ones in a bowl with a banana - that helps ripen them nicely.

I didn't do that this year - my plants got attacked by blight. I salvaged what I could for GT chutney - is a good job MrVV loves the stuff!

Val said...

Our plants didn't do so well this year either....we ended up with enough for a few Italian sauces and 3 small jars of herbed tomatoes that I canned on Saturday. I've never had anything made with green tomatoes (they fry them in the American South) and can't say that I plan to change that anytime soon!

Kelly said...

Oh dear!! You could make the chutney for Christmas presents I'm sure its yummy!!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I've had the same problems (but unfortunately not this year as my plants died in June). But here's a list of ideas I posted once upon a time of things to do with green tomatoes. I highly recommend the yellow split pea stew—it's one of our favorites. We had it once a month until they were gone.

http://be-it-ever-so-humble.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-use-green-tomatoes-summary.html