Tomato 'Leicester Jones'
When Lynda, a member from Tasmania reached out looking for some help locating her family's favourite heirloom tomato, we were able to track down a wonderful seed supplier in Tasmania who was closing her seed business. Lindy Campbell, from Island Herbs in Snug Tasmania, generously shared the seed of this variety with us, and Diggers is committed to ensuring this variety remains available to all Australian gardeners.
Tomatoes are a warm season crop requiring temperatures of 15-29 degrees Celsius to grow and germinate successfully. Seed germinates best at 20-25 degrees Celsius, while the seedlings thrive from 15 degrees Celsius. Sow seed 6-8 weeks before you want to plant out your tomatoes. Sow in punnets or trays and maintain consistent moisture and temperature. Prick out and place in individual pots once true leaves appear and harden off at least one to two weeks before planting out. Plant tomato seedlings out when soil temperature reaches 15°C or more, and after risk of frost has passed. Plant in full sun and enrich the soil with compost and well-rotted manure. In pots, use a premium organic potting mix. Mulch and water regularly, especially during hot weather. Stake at planting and train to the stake as plants grow. Avoid overhead watering.