Seven Months of Fresh Tomatoes: Mid-WInter Update

At first I was pleased with five months of garden-ripened tomatoes… and then I was thrilled with six months of garden-fresh tomatoes. But as of today, we actually have seven months of ripe home-grown tomatoes without a glass house. I’m speachless.

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It may not look like much, but they are still producing… and they still taste good.

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And the plants are still flowering.

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Apart from that, we have the usual winter veges growing.

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Especially lots of broccoli.

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Additionally, the rhubarb seems to be pumping.

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And we are getting our first real orange crop.

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Many of our native trees are putting on new growth.

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And others are flowering.

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I really love these purple hebes.

 

Peace, Estwing

4 thoughts on “Seven Months of Fresh Tomatoes: Mid-WInter Update”

  1. I always enjoy your garden updates – do you know the name of the beautiful purple hebe? I’d love one of these in my garden. 🙂

      1. Thanks a lot for your blog, which I find both entertaining and useful. And congratulations and many happy returns on your amazing tomato season, but- I’m puzzled- out in the open? you must have very little rainfall, perhaps? In my experience, after the first rainy week a tomato plant looks poorly, after one more ditto it is a stem with unripe fruit, after which it rots to a nasty dark death. I’m in the Netherlands, and though our summers seem to be getting both hotter and dryer, I should never consider planting tomatoes without some form of shelter-
        Best regards, Lucas.

  2. Thanks Lucas,
    Yes outside. We have a moderate/normal amount of rainfall – not like Australia which may have long rainless periods. There are a number of factors that may aid our long season: we plant a succession of plants starting 21st Sept; we prune off laterals to improve air circulation and concentrate fruiting; we live near the sea – salty air may discourage surface diseases and fungal growth; we keep space between the plants to allow air circulation.
    Peace, Estwing

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