Daisy Bateman

Tomatoes: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Patio

Sometimes you want to stretch yourself; find a way of doing something that by rights you shouldn’t be able to do. And sometimes you just need to accept who you are, and where you are, and buy a patio tomato.

Granted, this is about as far from an heirloom variety as I’m going to get– a plant that has been bred more for its size (small) and the sturdiness of its stem (not needing a stake to support it) and resistance to disease (looking a lot better than the heirloom seedlings, which have not exactly died, but are not making a lot of progress on the “growing” front)  than for flavor. But when life gives you a patio, plant patio tomatoes because, after all, even sub-optimal fresh tomatoes are better than no fresh tomatoes at all.

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