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I was born in Guernsey (but now live in Brittany) and our main industry was growing tomatoes although that industry has now virtually disappeared. Growing tomatoes to a Guernseyman is like wine to a Frenchman, it's in our blood! I do not profess to be an expert, but I have picked up a few tips and techniques which work for me.
PLEASE NOTE due to ill health I have not kept up with this blog, however there is still a lot of information to look at from over the past few years. I will add the odd new post but some videos are missing from old post, I will re-create these one day.


Monday, 30 July 2018

Fantastic French website - Tomates De France

I have come across a fantastic very informative website called Tomates de France  for the producers of tomato's, cucumbers and other salad crops covering the whole of France.


 
The website has many videos showing very modern growing techniques in vast acres of greenhouses. There is also a section on the types of tomatoes they grow, recipes and modern pest control using insects. There is also a comprehensive list of growers and they have open days in May each year.


Acres of greenhouses are used in the production of tomatoes an cucumbers in France, using high wire techniques


Although high wire growing is a modern system of growing in greenhouses, here is a photo of me trialing the system in the 1970's in Guernsey. The trolley had a car starter motor and battery to move it along the rails. Things have not changed that much, apart from the flares! 




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