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25/01/2014 at 17:34

I have been waiting with ever increasing excitement to sow this years Tomato seed I was kindly sent  by a certain friend in my favourite country - La Bella Italia!

I was going to leave it until early February but my "pot boileth over!". The waiting was too much to bear and now I have 4 delightful 4 inch pots in the Conservatory which I will stare at daily until green shoots appear in a few days time. Thanks again G and I will keep you all informed of progress.

25/01/2014 at 18:45

Bit early bigolob, you'll have to keep them warm. Toms germinate quickly, so sowing them now will mean they will have to kept at quite a warm temp, plus they need lots of light. But if you can afford to keep the GH warm and light then why not.

25/01/2014 at 18:46

that's the way with obsessions bigolob Something has to be done. Fortunately I have pruning to last til forever and I have just sown more hardy perennials

25/01/2014 at 20:10

And they will need masses of space. 

26/01/2014 at 08:24

You're a fiend, bigolob.

26/01/2014 at 08:34

Nope - I'm sitting on my hands - far too early for tomatoes here 

26/01/2014 at 08:56

Doesn't feel right yet either.  Sowed seeds of,hordeum jubatum and sweet peas ..already through.

But I am the most impatient person....everything has to be started ASAP.  Used to sow veg seeds of all kinds sometimes in mid feb.  Got away with it most years too    However, it is well known......later sowings will catch up and often overtake the too-earlies.  

.......the urge to sow too soon is strong tho isn't it?  

26/01/2014 at 17:32

To calm the nerves, the Toms were sown yesterday in our well heated 16x18 conservatory which is also home to our collection of Orchids kept at a minimum 65F degrees and they will as usual, stay there until they germinate, are potted into individual 5 inch pots when large enough and then in mid March taken into the heated GH. The temperature is regulated as not to create long spindly plants until there is sufficient light available - years ago I used to grow them under Mercury lights which give a very white light and were recommended by one of my patients the head Horticultural Officer of our then Electric Supplier - those in the North West will remember NORWEB.

I have used this system for 40 years and expect ripe fruit in mid June. More anon. Yes Verdun, the urge to sow is too strong at this time of the year.

 

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