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Harvesting tomatoes

Harvesting tomatoes

The time to start harvesting tomatoes is upon us, and in fact, some people will already be enjoying the first tomatoes of the season. It is perhaps one of the most exciting harvests synonymous with the kitchen garden. Growing and harvesting tomatoes is satisfying and rewarding for adults and children alike, so here is how to harvest and how to ensure you can keep harvesting for as long as possible.

What to look out for when harvesting tomatoes 

As you are harvesting, it is an excellent time to check over the plant to ensure no pests or diseases are present.

  • Check for browning leaves which could be a sign of blight,
  • Check for aphids -such as white fly - and red spider mite,
  • Check the tomatoes for blossom end rot or any signs of stress due to inconsistent watering.
  • Don’t forget to snip off the side shoots as well to promote more vigorous growth.

How to harvest tomatoes 

This might seem like an easy one, but you have a few options. Harvest the ripe fruits first.  You can also ripen them off on a sunny windowsill - this is often a good idea if the plant is diseased or the truss is damaged. 
If you are growing a vine variety, pick the best moment to harvest when all of the vine is ripe and snip off the whole vine.
Of course, you might just want to eat one or two as you harvest - there's simply no better taste than when they are freshly picked!

Storing tomatoes

We recommend giving them a rinse before storing them in the fridge or somewhere cool if you will be using them straight away. If you have harvested them from your allotment, store them in a cool bag to keep them fresh until you get home. 

Ensure a long season of harvesting tomatoes 

Different varieties crop for different periods and in greater or lesser amounts. To get the best crop, tomatoes enjoy full sun, free-draining soil, consistent watering and feeding and plenty of space. 

July is an important time for tomato growing, and if you need any further help and advice, just pop in to Merryhatton and have a chat with our knowledgeable plant team - they'll help you get the best from your tomato plants! 

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