THE CUT

Our online botanical publication.

GREEN UP YOUR GAFF

GET YOUR TOMMIES GOING

12th April 2019

Words by Jessica Peace

Mate, you haven’t lived until you’ve smashed your home grown tommie over your Bloody Mary on a hot summer Sunday - and tommies are easy to grow like that Sunday morning so start sowing now.

You’ll need tomato seeds, seed compost, pots/bags with drainage holes, a sunny window sill inside OR a sunny, sheltered spot outside if you’re committed to flicking off slugs and snails.

First: Tomato ‘Speak’

Check your seed packet, if it says ‘cordon’ it’ll grow up and need strapping to a cane eventually; if that’s not your style choose a ‘bush’ - and grow a bush.


Basically, shove just your finger tip in your compost, drop the seed and cover. Make sure you’ve got about two inches between your finger holes. When your plant has grown a pair of sturdy looking leaves move it into a bigger gaff.