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Tomato – Gardeners Delight
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If you only grow one variety of tomato then Gardener’s Delight should be the one.
An easy to grow, large cherry tomato. The fruits are small but the taste is sweet and amazing.
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Number of plants: 5
Variety: Gardener’s Delight (organic*)
Can be grown in: Growbags, large containers or raised beds. Find out more about growing tomatoes in our growing guide below.
In the kitchen: Chop up and throw in a handful of fresh basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and in an instant you’ll have a delicious summer salad. These are delicious eaten raw, roasted or cooked in Mediterranean dishes.
Plant out: late April to July/Aug. These plants will arrive bare-rooted with an approximate height of 10-25 cm.
Tomatoes need warmth, sun and shelter so are best grown in a greenhouse or conservatory. If you’d prefer to grow them outside, then choose a warm, sheltered and sunny spot, preferably up against a wall.
Can be grown in....
Planting tomatoes in fresh compost in either growbags (two to a bag) or large containers (20-25cm is perfect for one tomato plant) will give the best results. If you choose to plant them in a raised bed outside, then be sure to add plenty of compost.
How far apart?
The spacing is slightly dependent on the variety you choose, and we’ll advise you what’s best for your baby tomato plants when you receive them. As a general rule, though, tomatoes need a decent amount of space for their roots so it’s best to plant a single plant in a pot, two in a grow bag or in a raised bed with 50cm between each plant.
When your plants arrive....
Your baby plants will arrive carefully packed in straw. They may look a little tired from their travels. This is quite normal but, as soon as possible, carefully unpack them all.
Each type of plant will have an identification label to help you spot which they are. Lay them out into their respective plant types (e.g. lettuce, cauliflower, peas). Then, stand them upright, being especially careful with the ones that aren’t in bio pots. The roots may be dry, so give them all a good drink of water by submerging the roots for a few minutes in a container of clean water.
Now you are ready to plant your Rocket Garden. Try to do this within 24 hours of the arrival of your plants.
Looking after your plants....
Plant your tomato plants as soon as possible after they arrive into a 1.5 litre pot of good quality compost and allow them to grow in this for a few weeks indoors on a sunny window sill. Keep the compost moist but not waterlogged. They can then be transferred into their final growing container. Use bamboo canes to support the stems of cordon (upright) varieties (eg. Tigerella)
Feed them well
Water them well! Making sure your tomatoes are kept evenly and consistently watered will ensure they are happy plants. They don’t like drying out and then becoming waterlogged!
Make sure you add some kind of organic fertiliser to wherever you plant your tomatoes as they do like to be kept well fed.
Pinch off side shoots
Pinch off any side shoots regularly (cordon varieties) and remove any yellowing leaves.
Plant with marigolds
Grow some marigolds next to your tomatoes to keep away aphids
Watch out for....
They're ready to harvest when....
As soon as the tomatoes have developed their full colour they are ready to be picked. Don’t leave them too long or they will go soft and split. If you still have a few green tomatoes left when it gets cooler at the end of the season, you can pick them and leave them on a warm, sunny windowsill to ripen there.
Cordon – this refers to tomatoes upright tomatoes
Side shoots – as the name suggests, these are the shoots that come off from the main stem. Have a look at the video for more on this.
Here at Rocket Gardens we prefer to keep our tomatoes at room temperature rather than storing them in the fridge – you get better flavour from them that way.
Ways to cook
You can’t really beat a fresh tomato salad. Simply sliced, drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and served with a few torn up basil leaves.
When we deliver
We usually deliver these plants through into July/Aug, although it’s a little dependent on the weather.
You can order from…
These plants are available to be ordered now and we’ll despatch them as soon as they are big enough to both handle the journey to your garden and handle life outside the poly tunnel.
Do I need to sign for them?
All our plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.
We will keep you posted
You will receive an email to let you know that your order is ready to be dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us, so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.