Why not try and grow your own tomatoes from seed? We have one of the best online ranges of tomato seeds with over 50 varieties to choose from including new, heritage and heirloom varieties. Our varieties include cherry tomatoes, plum and beefsteaks.
We have popular varieties such as moneymaker, big daddy and marmande tomatoes. We also have organic tomato seeds available.
Even if you only have a window box you can produce your own tomatoes but they are not without problems. Tomato plants are very delicate, they succumb to disease, they need a fair amount of attention and just smell of a hormone spray from a neighbouring garden or field can result in deformed fruits and plants - but they're still worth the effort. Most of the varieties can be grown outside, in a greenhouse or in polytunnels. Outdoor crops will always be later to start fruiting. The best results come from the F1 hybrid varieties, which have the best disease resistance, including blight resistant!
Sow tomato seeds under glass from January to April in pots or trays and lightly cover with compost or vermiculite. Place containers in a heated propagator at a temperature of 18-21°C. Keep the soil damp. Prick out seedlings once large enough into 9cm pots. They can be planted outdoors once all risk of frost has passed.