My early tomatoes that were planted out a few weeks' ago are looking really healthy. As you can see, the fruit is swelling nicely and the plant is nice and compact. I should get about 8 to 10 trusses to the wire, before they are grown over the top.
The lettuce is ready for harvesting and is quite a few weeks' ahead of the ones that we transplated outside, so we will have a good succession of produce.
My later tomatoes have stagnated a little, so although a little small, I have decided to plant them straight into the soil, rather than pot them on into larger pots. It has been extremely hot in the polytunnel of late and they dry out too quickly even in slightly larger pots.
The only problem planting too early into the soil is that you can sometimes get too much foliage and not enough fruit setting, but I would rather have a good strong plant at the start, because they are going to be cropping well into autumn.
If I find I do have too much foliage, I will just give a higher potash feed, which helps control growth .
On the left of the small tomatoes are my peppers, which will go in the soil in a few weeks' time. It has been a really hard year to grow seedlings this year. After sowing, the temperatures dropped too low for far too long, especially at night, and lately it has been extremely hot. So I have decided that most of my plants will be planted into the soil at a slightly earlier stage in their growth.
As you can see the plants on the left are far greener grown just in potting compost.