|Author: John Riches||Published: 6th August 2018 10:49|
One Gigantomo weighs over one pound..
Last year when we bought our vegetable seeds I inadvertently purchased a packet of Gigantomos claimed to be “the world’s largest tomato” and that you could feed your whole family with just one gigantomo as some will weigh between one and three pounds. Well – we didn’t grow any weighing three pounds but three of ours together weighed one kilo.
This year we decided to grow Gigantomos again just to see how large we could get them. “The Beast from the East” had just finished at the beginning of March when we opened the sachet in the seed packet. There were only eight seeds but they all germinated in pots placed in our bedroom on a south facing window sill. The seedlings grew rapidly and after a spell of acclimatisation in our greenhouse we planted each seedling in a large pot crammed with home-made compost from the heap in our garden. If we had to buy commercially produced compost our little project would not have been cost effective. But they seem to love our home made variety and zoomed upwards. We staked them, watered them and just watched them grow. Feeding them with added nutrients was not necessary.
Now it’s time to harvest them and we’ve done much better than last year. Many weigh one pound and the largest so far weighed-in at 18 ounces. The major problem is finding people to eat them as we have so many. Our neighbours declare that they are really tasty and some have asked for more.