Tomato, Spanish Greenback 'Lagoverde' F1 (Solanum lycopersicum)
Spanish people pick this tomato just as it starts to turn pink. It makes a great tapas if sliced thickly, drizzled with olive oil and an anchovy placed on top. Allowed to ripen to near fully red it rivals gourmet tomatoes in flavour. As well as a summer autumn harvest Lagoverde will crop well during autumn, winter and spring if grown in a polyhouse.
When to sow: Early spring
Where to sow: in 5 or 7.5cm pots
Depth to sow: 5mm
Aspect: Full sun or as sunny a spot as possible.
Soil: Prepared, well drained, fertilised soil. Add lime if soil is too acid.
Spacing: Between plants: 60 to 90cm; Between rows: 90 to 100cm
Directions: Plant the seed individually in 5 or 7.5cm pots on bottom heat 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. When the first true leaves appear take the seedlings off bottom heat but keep them under cover. Don’t over water. When they have made sturdy plants, before they start flowering and when the danger of frost is over, plant them outside. After planting, a plastic tree guard will protect them from wind and also creates a warm micro-climate. Tie to a 200cm stake or a 200cm trellis.