Those of you who follow me on my various different social sites will notice that I have taken a little time off lately. Ok, that’s a lie, I have taken a lot of time off. Somehow time has just sped past at such an alarming rate and all of a sudden we are at the end of January. I never meant to take such a long break from my blogging and vlogging (and indeed, a break from working the allotment too) but somehow it just happened.
Still, that’s in the past now and the important thing is I’m back and raring to go! The start of a new year inevitably brings the excitement and decisions of what to grow for the new season. The downside of this is that it brings so many choices that my wallet always takes a bit of a battering!
This year, my new love is heirloom tomatoes. Until last year, I had never had much success with tomato plants but I was determined not to give up. As although I (rather ironically) do not actually like raw tomatoes, I do enjoy the challenge of growing them. I hasten to add that I do actually love tomatoes when they are cooked into sauces, curries and chopped small into salsa’s, so all that growing effort certainly does not go to waste.
Last year was a bit of a turning point for me. I spent a lot of time researching how to properly grow and care for cordon tomatoes, as this was something I was not too familiar with. Armed with my new knowledge, I treated myself to a couple of packs of heirloom seeds, as I do love to grow unusual and heirloom varieties of vegetables and fruits. I chose a variety called “Black From Tula” and a variety called “Vintage Wine”. Being honest, these were chosen purely on their aesthetic properties and for no other reason whatsoever.
Whether it was down to my new knowledge, the impressive heatwave that we had in 2018 or a combination of both factors, I do not know. What I do know is that 2018 was the very first year that I successfully grew and harvested my own cordon tomatoes from the vine. The heirloom varieties looked simply stunning and even better, they tasted fantastic. From that moment on I was hooked and I knew that in 2019 I wanted to experiment with as many different heirloom varieties as my wallet and available space would allow.
So now it is early 2019. It is just a few short weeks since my bank balance took a hammering with my new selection of chilli seeds. I just couldn’t hold back – as anyone who has read my blog posts before will know, I absolutely love growing chillies. Last year I was lucky enough to have been gifted a very elaborate grow light in return for a review and this has enabled me to turn my wardrobe into my very own grow house! It is a fantastic little self contained space for raising my seedlings and they are already coming up well. I won’t dwell too long on the fact that all my clothes are now living on my bedroom floor (albeit neatly folded up) the health and happiness of my plants wins out over the location of my clothes any day of the week!
However, I am now sat in front of my computer with a website dedicated to heirloom tomato varieties open in front of me. I know I shouldn’t spend too much, but I thought I would just add a few of the ones I liked the look of the most to my cart. It came to over £45! Being realistic, I know I can’t afford this much on tomato seeds just now, but I so want to click the “buy now” button! Am I the only person who has such a seed weakness? From what I read on the growing forums it seems that I am not! What is it about those tiny specks of possibility that make all us garden lovers lose our monetary minds?!
I know I am going to have to cut down on what I currently have in my basket, well either that or work out a way to pay my rent with chillies and tomatoes, but it is so hard to do! Every variety I have added to my cart has its own merits and attributes and in my mind I am fast forwarding to a beautiful summer’s day with me holding a trug that is over flowing with every size, colour and shape of tomato that you can possibly imagine!
So, wish me luck my garden loving friends and fellow bloggers, I am certainly going to need it!