This year I'm taking a different path to the one I usually take.
After reading David Glenn's, from Lambley Nursery, spiel on growing F1 hybrid tomatoes for improved yield and increased disease resistance I've purchased two packets of tomato seeds to trial here in My Veggie Garden.
Lambley Nursery is set around an old farmhouse in the hot dry wind swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields so it will be interesting to see how they do in my, usually hot and humid summer.
At around a dollar per seed they could be considered expensive but I consider it a small price to pay, for if they do crop well it will be a good investment.
The two Tomato varieties I'll be trying are,
Lambley Nursery web site, David Glenn goes on to say,
"If you are having trouble growing a good crop or indeed any crop at all of “heirloom” tomatoes or seedling tomatoes bought from garden centres or big box stores you will be joining a growing band of gardeners. The answer is to plant disease resistant varieties.
We trialled 10 varieties of disease resistant hybrid tomatoes and the 3 listed below were the best for taste and for disease resistance. I was still picking good, ripe, full size tomatoes at the end of April.
The seed of modern, good flavoured, disease resistant tomato hybrids is expensive but it more than pays for itself in the vastly improved production of ripe tomatoes."
- Cucumber, Australian Slicer 'Icebreaker F1'
- Beetroot, 'Red Ace' F1
- Broccolini, 'Happy Rich' F1
- Cabbage, Mini, 'Gonzales' F1
- Carrot, 'Nelson' F1
- Coriander, 'Calypso'
- Scarlet Runner Bean, 'Scarlet Emperor'
- Bush Bean, 'Simba'
- Spinach, 'Tyee' F1
- Zucchini, 'Bush Baby' F1
Lambley Nursery has a good reputation among my circle of gardening friends and my seeds arrived well packaged and inside the two week time frame I was advised to expect.