Jackie French has everything you need to know about producing perfect tomatoes in Canberra.
Summer smells of hot grass, ripe tomatoes and the pungency of tomato leaves as you brush against them to pick the fruit.
There’s still time to have your own tomato crop this year. Tomatoes will start to yield ripe fruit about 10 – 20 weeks after planting depending on climate and variety. Cherry tomatoes are much earlier and crop later into the cool of the year.
Young tomatoes are more disease resistant than older plants, so even if you already have a flourishing crop, plant new tomatoes every two or three months or take cuttings from the last lot and plant them as far away as practicable from the others or let old branches root.