Well more of a green dwarf at the moment, but if the good weather continues it won’t be long until I’m harvesting lots of (hopefully) juicy cherry tomatoes from my Minibel plants.
I grew these dwarf tomato plants from free seeds included with a Gardener’s World magazine in the spring, to supplement our usual greenhouse crops. After germination, I transplanted eight of the strongest seedlings into two terracotta planters along a south-facing wall of the house in full sun, accompanied by French marigolds and basil (more of these later).
I’ve never grown this variety before. The plants are barely a handspan tall, but have the sturdiest, most compact growth I’ve ever seen, and have been packed with small yellow flowers for weeks now, some of which have now formed into pea-sized green fruit, ready to swell and ripen in the coming weeks. I suspect that they are going to beat our greenhouse crops to the finish this year!
For more immediate red impact, we are harvesting the first ripe strawberries from the runners we were given by a relative last autumn.
and these wonderfully simple single poppies have self-seeded across our plot.
Tomato: ‘Minibel’ solanaceae