|The Colours of Christmas|
Part of our history, a wonderful cultural tradition, Sydney home gardeners have for decades striven to produce their first ripe tomatoes, ready for the Christmas dining table. Tomatoes are the colours of Christmas. They are the taste of Christmas.
A tradition under threat!
|Ripening Rouge de Marmande Tomatoes|
|Five home-grown varieties|
Tomatoes are not an easy crop: you cannot simply plant and wait. They require regular watering, plenty of mulching and fertilising, protection from the dreaded 'fly' and in wetter years you need to beware of fungal problems. However don't let this deter you: a home-grown tomato is worth two from the shop!
|Mini Tiny Tim tomatoes contrast with a single Sweet Bite|
Our favourite variety is Rouge de Marmande which is an early ripening large variety. However, we also grow Beefsteak and a low-acid yellow variety. Our miniature tomatoes include Tiny Tim, Sweet Delight and Sweet Bite.
I would encourage everyone to continue a wonderful Australian tradition and grow your own tomatoes.