We always end up with more tomato seeds than we intend as after our orders come in there is an inevitable influx of free seeds that we just can't resist sowing. We set out with good intention to compare the fruits but somewhere along the line things become confused. I have created a couple of tables the first being a harvesting schedule.
It is difficult to compare yields as we had differing numbers of plants and also the fruits of some are naturally larger than others. If the number of plants was the only problem then I could work out an average harvest per plant but we had a problem in that towards the end of the season the plants especially those planted outdoors merged together and it was difficult to determine which plants we were harvesting from. Hence the row of unknowns.
Most of the varieties produced the small bite-sized tomatoes that we like. The yellow Sungold and red Gardeners' Delight are firm favourites.
It was difficult to assess flavour as I think the lack of sunshine affected this.
We grew tomatoes in three different locations, in the garden greenhouse, the plot greenhouse and outdoors. As a general observation the outdoor plants ripened first, then the plot greenhouse and lastly the garden greenhouse. Did the plants outdoors benefit from more light in what was a dullish period, did the smaller closed up plot greenhouse warm up more than the much larger garden greenhouse that usually had the door open? It's hard to say.
The plants were much healthier this year which we put down to the different Clover grow bags.
The biggest surprise was the from the tomatoes planted outdoors. These were really the leftover, weakest looking plants that would usually have been composted. This year we decided to risk blight and plant then in a bed on the plot.
It must have been some form of divine inspiration as we were blight free and the plants produced a really good harvest. Maybe another year the plants would be devastated but if nothing else it shows that if you have space it is worth planting some tomato plants outdoors especially if the alternative is to compost leftovers.
Next year we are mainly concentrating in small tomato and those claiming to be blight and other tomato disease resistant varieties:
We are trying to be restrained but no doubt some others will sneak into the mix.