I have no idea whether the sun is belting down outside or it’s raining cats, dogs, and probably dolphins too as you read this. That’s the thing about growing vegetables – the uncertainty of the seasons. If you think it’s bad for us home growers, imagine how farmers feel as they try to work out how much they stand to make or lose on the vagaries of the British weather.
It affects chefs, too, if they rely on local and seasonal, although Ferran Adria once told me (name drop) that he didn’t give a heck where his tomatoes originated as long as they were the best. Even if that meant they’d fly thousands of miles to get to him. Green, he wasn’t.
Well my tomatoes look bad right now but I am hoping the sun of the last few days may give them a renewed lust for life. Tomatoes come in many varieties of course; 3,000 in cultivation and more than 10,000 varieties overall. However, there are only two important things to know; whether yours are bush or cordon types.