~ VINE TOMATO SEED part 1: ~
Hi and thank you so much for the Stupice tomato seeds. In one of the grayest, wettest summers on record when our greenhouse flooded at least four times, to our amazement and envy of our neighbours the Stupice plants grew, thrived and produced pound after pound of beautiful red tomatoes. I have just picked the very last of them and saved seed ready for next year. Many thanks for all your brilliant seeds and super newsletter. - Janet
Galina SUPER- EARLY SWEET YELLOW CHERRY
A hugely productive cherry from Siberia, and we are really impressed by it - very sweet flavour balanced by good acidity.
The bright yellow cherry fruit are in neat bunches, and don't fall off when ripe, which makes picking easier.
It is early to get going (not surprising given where it comes from!), but just as importantly, it fruits over a long period – it just keeps on going forever , long after most other plants have stopped fruiting.
Early yellow cherry. Grow as a vine but let a couple of shoots develop for highest production
Makes amazing yellow tomato soup or even yellow ketchup, too!
Order ToGA - 20 seed £2.20
Our supposedly 'Gardener's Delight' - Small but Supersweet Irish Version
This version which we have offered in the past was originally from a small seed collection in USA, labelled 'Irish Gardeners Delight'. It has definitely got smaller fruit than what we would normally expect, and we're pretty sure now that it's not really 'Gardeners' Delight' at all, being more in the style of the smaller cherry types such as 'Sweet 100'.
BUT , and it's a big 'but', the flavour is great. This is the sweetest cherry tomato we've ever tried. And the fruit, although small, are produced in huge numbers on enormously long trusses.
We weren't going to list it any more, but many visitors to the gardens pointed out that it was one of the best cherries they'd ever tasted, so we thought we ought to leave it in the catalogue! And it is now one of our most popular. Get your seed now, you won't be disappointed.
This variety slows down if we have a cool spell in late spring/early summer, but it starts growing again once temperatures rise again.
Order ToGi - 20 seed £2.00
Farenheight BLUE, THEN RED & BLACK
This new variety has caused a real stir when people saw it growing in our polytunnel this summer.
Farneheit was created by Tom Wagner. It has fruit that are blue to start with, and then ripen to an incredible cherry-red with a black blush and faint gold speckles.
Unquestionably the most unusually-coloured tomato you will have seen. To be honest the flavour is quite boring - Josie put it well when she said they taste like a supermarket tomato - but they are worth it for the colour!
Ripens to red. Don't be tempted to pick when blue - like all tomatoes they are not nice when un-ripe. Wait for them to go properly cherry-red before harvest.
Order ToFB - 20 seed £2.67
Our new introduction for 2013, this is a wonderful cherry tomato. A mid sized bright red cherry, it is really, really good, quite possibly one of the tastiest we have, and is the one we always pick out for eating at lunch during our tomato-deseeding sessions.
The plants make long trusses with large numbers of really attractive, bright red tomatoes that are right at the top end of the size range for a cherry type. It has become a new favourite of ours.Bred by eccentric and visionary horticultural genius Alan Chadwick, who in 1967, and at the age of 58, gave up being a Shakespearian actor in South Africa and instead joined the University of Santa Cruz in California - to create and run their new on-site Farm & Garden project, run on egalitarian biodynamic principles. And as well as in inspiring a whole generation of market gardeners, he created this wonderful cherry tomato.
Sweet and firm cherry, great flavour and high yield. Picture show a fantastic crop of them in the tunnel of our seed grower Ian Hearn, near Cardigan in Wales.
Order ToCC - 18 seed £2.00
~ WILD TOMATOES ~
a more experimental offering for the adventurous gardener
Tomatillo de Jalapo Wild Currant Tomatoes
This is a wild tomato species that is truly resistant to late blight. It has very small red cherry fruits which are very soft.
Unfortunately the problem with this wild tomato is that they do tend to come apart when picked, so it is one to eat straight from the bush or pick just before meal times, but it could be a useful variety if you are struggling with blight and other tomatoes won't grow for you.
Order ToJA - 20 seed £1.59
Solanum Sponteneum Small Currant Tomatoes
This is a wild tomato that makes orange currant-sized fruit. It's from our blight-resistance trials in 2010, and it was one of the few that did fend off the blight for a long time, even when grown next to a 100ft row of potatoes (now that's a proper blight test!)
It isn't completely resistant, because it does eventually get the blight. We would call it a partially blight-tolerant vine. Like all currant tomatoes, the overall yield is not huge in terms of weight because the fruit are small (2 cm), but they do look very pretty in a salad.
The fruit start out yellow but are only properly ripe when orange, so don’t pick too soon.
Order ToSS - 20 seed £1.59
Here you can seed the seed and juice squeezed into a jar & let ferment for 3 days (no more, no less!)
Good seeds sink and bad ones float.
(And, yes, it is supposed to be mouldy & smelly)
Water is added and poured off several times to clean them, the seed is rinsed in a sieve and put on a plate to dry.
Detailed seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
And of course this is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.