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    Quote Originally Posted by nellie-m View Post
    well, there was an article about them that really made me curious. I have friends who live near Blaby, who had never heard of them before - retired people who should remember something, at least someone talking about them, because according to this article, the Blaby tomatoes were famous and very popular. It made me wonder whether it was really a special variety, or whether the farm was just very efficient in growing a normal, commercial variety of the time.
    Blaby, as in Leicestershire?
    You are aware that the UK's tomato growing centre used to be in Bretby, all of 25 miles away from Blaby. On Lord Carnavon's old estate (he of King Tut fame). I have tried to find out more about the history but not much is known about it or the old varieties grown there. There was a "Bretby" variety sold in the local garden centre but sadly they stopped three years ago, owing to a lack of local interest. Wish I had known Zazen then so I could have learned to save the seed...ho hum!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taff View Post
    Blaby tomatoes. Know anyone who has them?
    I might take a trek out to local garden centres come Tom time and have a look. Not far for me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nellie-m View Post
    oh yes, someone to help me with the digging and more hours in a day ;-)
    A long way to come for Mr VVG but I'll try to put him in the post
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    OOh Nellie, you lovely lady! Got back from a hectic school fair where we tried to raise funds for our school group and there they were on the mat! How wonderful of you! Our school garden will be overflowing with toms this year! Theres enough for me to try some at home too!

    Thankyou! xxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirginVegGrower View Post
    There was a "Bretby" variety sold in the local garden centre but sadly they stopped three years ago, owing to a lack of local interest.
    Aaargh! Three years! Go pester them! Tomato seeds will remain viable for about four years, so if they will just give you two or three of them, that'll do! Sit down on their desk and say you won't move until they've sold you some

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    Oh and yes, VVG, Blaby in Leicestershire.
    Here's the article, and don't miss the third photo in the little album.
    They were the pride and joy of Blaby before they were wiped out in the 1940s. | This is Leicestershire

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    Hi Nellie M - I will go and ask them to get the variety again or give me seed. As for the Blaby special, they hold a tomato festival every year and guess who has put it into her diary...?
    I have also made a note to go via the local allotments and seek out a Blaby grower. Having looked at the blogs, quite a few of them are keeping it going/growing. Then I can return your favour!
    Obviously the South Derbyshire/Leicestershire border areas were tomato growing territory around last century.
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    Isn't it exciting? Forget about the North pole!
    Bretby, Blaby, missing tomatoes reports...

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