How to grow your own tomatoes when space is limited

Thursday, 25 September 2014

So I went outside into the garden on Saturday morning and found that this ...

... had suddenly become this!

This is the second year I've grown cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket and it seems to work out pretty well.

I took it up a notch this time by growing from seed, rather than buying plug plants. The hanging basket method works well for me for several reasons:

1. The plants seem less vulnerable to pests
2. If there's going to be a cold night the basket can be brought into the kitchen
3. The back wall of the house is a lovely sunny spot so the tomatoes get the warmth they need to ripen
4. They don't take up the ground space needed for full-size tomatoes in grow bags and they don't need any support stakes

In the past, I've made this tomato tart with my little harvest ~ quick to make and very delicious.

Here's what I did this time round...

Easy Tomato Ciabatta 
for a relaxed weekend lunch

Serves 2

A good handful of cherry tomatoes
2 ciabatta rolls ~ I used organic rolls from our local Blackbird Bakery
1 hand-sized ball of mozarella
Garlic paste
Olive oil
Salad leaves to garnish

1. Cut the rolls in half and spread thinly with garlic paste
2. Halve the tomatoes and place them cut side up on top of the bread
3. Tear the mozzarella into small pieces and place around the tomatoes
4. Drizzle with a little olive oil
5. Pop under the grill until the edges of the bread start to brown
6. Serve topped with a few salad leaves ~ I used some mixed salad I've been growing from seed in the kitchen this summer

This is so simple and easy, but it tastes great. I always feel really proud when I can make something from fruit or veg I've grown myself, however tiny the harvest is! I wrote about what I did with this year's apples here.

If you live in a city and grown your own food, what has been most successful for you? What do you do with your produce? I'd love to know!


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