This section is from the book "The Gardener V3", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
Tomatoes - or, as they are sometimes termed, Love Apples - should receive every encouragement in the way of aiding them to make strong plants during the early part of the month of May, so as to have them ready for planting out about the 20th of the month. If there is not enough of wall available to plant them against, I find they ripen and colour their fruit well if planted in a single row in the front of the fruit-trees on the wall, but about 4 or 5 feet from the wall. The borders should have a south aspect, and the plants be trained to stakes 3 feet high, and as soon as they reach the top of the stakes they should be stopped, and kept pinched in as soon as they have bloomed; the young fruit should be well thinned out, and the foliage kept spare so as to admit the sun. At this stage of their growth the plants should never want for water; and should the weather be very dry, a good watering at least twice a-week with liquid manure should be given: this I find to be much better than planting the Tomatoes in manure.
The best kind I have ever grown is known as Powell's Dwarf Prolific Red; this I have used at least twelve years, and in most seasons am enabled to keep up a supply for six months - from July till after Christmas. The first crop I take from pot plants grown under glass; these are succeeded by those ripened in the open air • and for the latter part of the season - that is, November and December - those not ripe about the first week in November are thus ripened; - cut the plants off just above the ground; take off all the leaves, tie the stems together in bunches, with the fruit on them, and hang them over the flue in the forcing-house, or in any place where there is heat, and they will there ripen their fruits.
William Plester. Elsenham Hall Gardens.