‘Low Ability’ Tomatoes?

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I have tried hard with my tomatoes this year but most haven’t done well at all.

The ones outside in the hanging baskets have made some progress but the greenhouse lot have been a disaster. I just don’t understand it; I’ve put so much effort in and they still haven’t grown.

I think I must have bought ‘low ability’ tomatoes.

Or perhaps it was just a ‘bad year’? Maybe I did everything right and this was just something out of my control that ‘just happens’? 

Chatting to my neighbour I heard (and saw) that his tomatoes (same variety) growing just metres away from mine were wonderful…..

So I began to think about the conditions his tomatoes might have experienced compared to mine; could this have made a difference?

A bit of research later I discovered that tomatoes need some fairly strict conditions to do well and most of all they need consistency. Hmmm, I had been a little ‘erratic’ in my watering, feeding and monitoring of the temperature inside the greenhouse…. (Truthfully, I known this at the time but hoped that ‘stepping it up’ with extra feeding and watering and the occasional ‘hot spell’ would put everything right).

So, I’ve decided that if I want to see better results next year I’d better ‘gen’ up on my ‘tomato knowhow’. I think asking my neighbour for advice would be a good start and then perhaps consulting more gardening books. But most of all I know I need to commit to doing the ‘right stuff’ everyday; nothing grand but just make sure I’m constantly learning how to give them what they need and adjusting things when conditions around them change. 

Perhaps there’s no such thing as ‘low ability’ tomatoes? (but don’t even get me started on my cucumbers…)

Karen Wilding is an Independent Primary Maths Consultant working in the UK and internationally supporting teachers in delivering learning which ignites a passion for maths for life. Karen’s training is known for being inspirational, engaging and hands-on, whilst building teacher confidence and skill across the whole primary range.

Find out more about training for your school visit www.karenwildingeducation.co.uk or email info@karenwildingeducation.co.uk


  • Jackie Bracke says:

    Hi Karen
    Love the tomato story! Was just wondering if you could resend me a link so I can share your drop box please? I came to training last December but I have had problems with my drop box and can no longer access yours?
    Many thanks in advance

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