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Construct a Victorian-style tomato cage

Paul Lewis
Photography by
Mark Burstyn

Keep unruly plants on the straight and narrow with this elegant plant support

Tomato varieties
There are so many cultivars to choose from that narrowing your tomato seed selection to the limits of your garden space is a challenge. Most gardeners have their favourites, the tried-and-true varieties that best suit their growing conditions and are as reliable as old friends. But it's hard not to be enamoured with all the new kids on the block.

A couple of factors to keep in mind: you only get the exquisite taste of fresh tomatoes if they have the opportunity to ripen on the vine, so check the days to maturity; we've had both drought and damp summers, so check disease tolerance, too.

Here are a few old and new cultivars we've heard good things about.

Slicing (Medium to large)

  • ‘Big Beef' (73 days)
  • ‘Early Cascade' (65 days)
  • ‘First Lady II' (66 days)
  • ‘Patio' (70 days)*


  • ‘Roma' (75 days)
  • ‘Viva Italia' (65 days)
  • ‘Window Box Roma' (70 days)*


  • ‘Golden Cherry' (65 days)
  • ‘Sweet 100' (63 days)
  • ‘Tumbler' (48 days)*


  • ‘Juliet' (62 days)
  • ‘Harmony' (65 days)


  • ‘Lemon Boy' (72 days)
  • ‘Yellow Pear' (65 days)

*Good choices for container growing.


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