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Mr Fothergill’s Easy Grow Guides: How To Grow Tomatoes

April 1st, 2018 | News | 0 Comments



There’s nothing like the taste of sweet, juicy home grown tomatoes. One of our most popular varieties and actually a fruit rather than a vegetable, they are also incredibly easy to grow. Although we believe that the prospect of growing and picking their own delicious tomatoes is one of the main reasons many people invest in a greenhouse, the good news is you do not require one. The plants will usually do well, even in our unpredictable British summer, especially when given a warm sheltered spot, plenty of moisture and regular feeding.

You can start the seed off indoors from January, whether on a sunny windowsill, in a heated propagator or warm greenhouse.  Or if you are growing for outdoors then sowing in March and April will ensure you aren’t left tending huge plants that end up blocking out the light on your windowsill!

You’ll be surprised how quickly the seedlings grow and the impressive size they reach in just a few weeks to give you a delicious crop from late summer onwards. Even if you only have room for a few plants, a little effort now will pay dividends later!

It’s often said that the difference between ‘knowledge’ and ‘wisdom’ is that ‘knowledge’ is knowing that tomatoes are fruit but ‘wisdom’ is knowing not to put them in a fruit salad!

Our best selling standard indoor & outdoor varieties are reliable for beginner tomato growers and seasoned gardeners alike, so think about trying from the following selection if you growing for the first time, or if you want to try something new then explore the many tomato varieties on offer in our website.

  • Moneymaker: For many this is the gardeners’ standard choice as it is a heavy cropper of fine tasty fruits approximately 60g/2oz
  • Shirley F1: A true favourite, excellent show bench performer with heavy crops of tasty, high quality fruits. Disease resistance to Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Cladosporium ABC & Fusarium.
  • Ferline F1: Superb quality standard sized fruit with a wonderful flavour & the added benefit of showing tolerance of blight, Fusarium & Verticillium.
  • Sweet Baby: Excellent source of vitamin C & antioxidants, this cordon cherry tomato is well suited either outside or in the greenhouse
  • Sungold F1: Attractive golden fruits which have a very high sugar content balanced with some acidity.
  • Sakura F1: Amazing sweet & delicious flavour, produces lots of fruits that hang in trusses on vigorous plants.

Tomato Cherry Sweet Baby


Tomato Shirley F1


Tomato Cherry Sungold F1


Tomato Ferline F1

























Saving Tomato Seeds: How to Prepare and Store Seeds from Your Tomato Plants [video]

September 13th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Nation of Gardeners - Saving Tomato SeedsTomatoes are important to all gardeners, every one has a favourite. You can easily save the seeds from your favourite tomato plants in preparation for next year. This post and the video below offers tips on saving tomato seeds. 

  • Most tomatoes hold 100 or more seeds. So you only need to save a few tomatoes.
  • Only save seeds from traditional, open pollinated tomatoes.
  • Collect seeds from fully ripened fruits. Cut them open and scoop out the pulp from inside the tomato. Top this up with water and label the jar with the tomato variety.
  • It is important to remove the gel surrounding the seeds. Leave for two to five days, to begin fermenting which will kill off any harmful bacteria. It will also break down the seed coat.
  • Check the seeds daily, the seeds are ready for cleaning when the pulp floats to the top. Carefully skim of the pulp from the top and tip the liquid and seeds into a strainer.
  • Wash the seeds under running water, using a wooden spoon. This will remove any of the remaining pulp.
  • To dry the seeds, spread them across a paper towel to remove the majority of the water.
  • Transfer onto a non stick surface, dry the seeds in a warm place out of direct sunlight. It will take two to three weeks for the seeds to completely dry.
  • Store the seeds into labelled paper envelopes. Store them in a dry place. They can store for up to five years.

This is just a basic outline of saving tomato seeds, the video below offers further detail. If you have any tips for saving tomato seeds, do let us know in the comments below or on our social media. 

GrowVeg – Saving Tomato Seeds: How to Prepare and Store Seeds from Your Tomato Plants