By lore or tradition, Melbourne Cup Day in Newstead means planting out tomatoes and other summer veges that are frost sensitive. Sounds good, but given the tendency for frosts again in early autumn, it doesn’t give much time for growing and producing lucious fruit. Short but sweet!
The solution is to sow seed (preferably locally grown and saved) earlier, under protection or in a snug, sunny spot in the garden. That way you can safely (maybe) plant out over the racing carnivale and be assured of a feast come the new year, or even before. But if you haven’t, then seedlings will be the go.
I tend to think that the indeterminate tomatoes are more suited to central Victoria. These are the tomatoes that will flower as long as conditions (daylength, warmth, moisture, temperature) are favorable. Generally the cherry tomatoes and tommy-toe types. The determinates will set a certain number of flowers and fill them and that’s the end of them, even though you may get more summer thunderstorms or a patch of less extreme weather. These tend to be the beefsteak or marmande types. Check, when you are buying them.
Some are bush types and will crawl about all over the garden. Some need staking. They all have personalities. All enjoy a feed at some stage. Worm leachate/juice, compost tea or compost, just a sniff of something will keep them going. Tomatoes are hardy.