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Beat the UK Tomato Shortage!

The UK has been hit by a tomato shortage, with supermarkets and restaurants struggling to get hold of enough fresh produce to meet demand.

If you’re worried about the tomato shortage and want to ensure a steady supply of fresh, tasty tomatoes for your family, one solution is to grow your own. Here are some tips for growing tomatoes.

Choose the Right Variety

Tomatoes come in many varieties, and some are better suited to the UK climate than others. Look for varieties that are labelled as “outdoor” or “indeterminate,” as these are more likely to thrive in the cooler, wetter climate. Some popular outdoor varieties include ‘Shirley’, ‘Money maker’, and ‘Gardener’s Delight’.

Start Early

Tomatoes need plenty of time to grow and ripen, so it’s important to start early. It’s best to start seeds indoors in late February or early March, and then transplant the seedlings outside once the weather has warmed up in late May or early June.

Provide Plenty of Sunlight

Tomatoes need plenty of sunlight to grow and ripen, so choose a sunny spot in your garden or on your balcony or windowsill. If you don’t have access to a sunny spot, consider using a grow light to supplement the natural light.

Plant in Rich, Well-Draining Soil

Tomatoes prefer soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well. Our soils are blended with our Eco Mix, peat-free soil improver, making it perfect for planting and giving fruits and vegetables the rich nutrients and energy needed to grow. If your soil is heavy or compacted, consider mixing it with compost or other organic materials to improve its texture and fertility.

Water Regularly and Consistently

Tomatoes need regular and consistent watering to grow and produce fruit. Water your plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather and the moisture level of your soil. Avoid overhead watering, as this can promote fungal diseases. Instead, water at the base of the plant to encourage the roots to grow deep.

Prune and Support Your Plants

Tomatoes are vines that can grow several feet tall, so it’s important to provide support to keep them upright and prevent them from sprawling on the ground. You can use cages, stakes, or trellises to support your plants. Pruning is also important to promote air circulation, prevent disease, and encourage the plant to focus its energy on fruit production.

Growing your own tomatoes is a fun and rewarding experience that can provide you with a steady supply of fresh, flavourful produce!

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