Sunday, January 11, 2009
Worlds biggest Tomato, well not really.
Planted by seed in early September my mortgage lifter tomato's are starting to ripen.
Around the fattest part of the tomato measures 28.5cm (that's almost 12 inches in the old language) not the biggest tomato but one I'm proud of.
So with fruit fly in mind and 5 months of work and growing behind me I'm not about to leave these guys to the fruit fly.
But what to do on a low budget.
Solution, paper lunch bags.
Tomato's only need heat to ripen, not sunshine, although sunshine is good for the rest of the bush, so the paper bag will keep out the fruit fly while allowing the Tomato to ripen on the bush.
Anyone got any other ideas for beating fruit fly?
Also after 7 or 8 years of resisting temptation, curiosity (professional jealousy I think) got the better of me while I was in my local Bunnings and I grabbed a Bourke's Backyard Italian Tomato just to see if it is worth all the fuss.
Just so there is no bias on my part I have used a half a bucket of my best compost, added a handful of dolomite and watered it in with 6 lts. of water with added seasol .