I believe that one of the greatest misconceptions, and forgive me if I am getting a bit dramatic here, is that gardening is not for everyone, or rather that it is reserved for a lucky few “with green thumbs”. If you eat food, then you can certainly grow some. Join me on my gardening crusade, as I try and convert as many non-believers as I can. I have set out tomato seedlings around the city, for unsuspecting gardening potentials to adopt.
This particular tomato variety is the perfect “gateway” plant to catch the gardening fever. ‘Golden sunrise’ is extremely resilient, and as long as you re-plant it some where it has enough space to spread out its roots and water it, it will thrive. It’s easy to care for, and delicious to eat.
Once you have tasted the juicy burst of sunshine of the golden tomato, grown by your own hand, supermarket tomatoes (loaded with carbon foot prints , and sometimes worse, pesticides), will never taste the same, nor will they be as satisfying.
If you are here because you have found one and have adopted it, welcome and congratulations. Please share pictures of your plant in its new home, the name you have chosen for it, or any gardening tips you would like to share with the tomato community.
A FEW TOMATO TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Always re-pot early morning or late afternoon, never in direct sun. Otherwise, the plant will wilt. Keep newly potted plants out of the sun for at least a day as they settle into their new home.
Insert bamboo cane or build a tomato cage for support before planting, so as to not injure the roots of the plant, allowing them to grow around the canes instead.
Place your plant somewhere it can soak up plenty of sun light, to be harnessed and concentrated into the delicious little golden orbs you will later enjoy.
Plant directly in the ground, or in a pot with at least 30cm in diameter to really allow it to spread out and thrive.
Save your egg shells (sorry vegans!). Tomato plants need calcium. Rinse and dry your used egg shells, then crush and leave at the base of the soil.
Dissolve a few table spoons of epsom salt in water every few weeks, and pour at the base of your plant.
Turn a coffee addiction towards good. Used coffee grains are a wonderful fertiliser for the garden. If you don’t drink coffee, or not enough (no such thing really), ask around at your local cafe’s for coffee grounds.
AVOID watering the leaves of the plant, water the soil instead. Watering the leaves can cause long term damage. Rain water is of course fine, as it is much healthier and does not contain the chemicals that tap water does.
All plants LOVE fresh air. If growing in a pot indoors, remember to always leave the window open so that your plant does not wilt, even at night.
When your plant starts flowering, give it liquid seaweed extract (dissolved with water) to add potassium.
Remove any yellow leaves. Rather than expending its energy toward trying to heal the yellowing leaves, the plant’s energy will be directed at the healthy ones, .
If you eat bananas, throw the peel in the watering can or in any receptacle, add water, and pour at the base of the plant. Bury the banana in the soil after a day or so of being submerged. The ‘banana tea’ will add nutrients to the soil, as will the banana peel as it quickly decomposes.