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I've still got some deeeelish tomato chutney left from last year.
I've quite a few different tomato varieties this year, some are unsown seeds from previous years with new one's added. I just don't have enough room in the GH to house them all though so it will be one plant each of the best sown from seed. New one's are Ildi and Prune noire, the latter were seeds purchased in France. Tigerlla, Cerise, Golden Sunrise for the GH, the list could go on...and Tumbling Tom for hanging baskets.
Good luck with your trials Marion.
Nikin...........greenhouses are ALWAYS too small............I've had 6 x 8 right up to 50 x 20 and there is never enough room
Yeah, they're like the reverse of Dr. Who's Tardis - they look bigger on the outside than they are when you get inside!
Bob.............that is so true
I'm growing purple smudge, striped green sausage, ildi, yellow pear and black prince, also some normal red ones(my mother insisted). The green sausage are lovely on toast.
I got some honey bee, san marzano, black cherry and gardeners delight.
Your toms sounds very interesting Lisa..
I like to try a couple of new (to me) varieties every year. This year I've been in charge of seed purchase. The internerd is a wicked, wicked thing, no self control. And when all I have to do is press a button....well. There's no end to my tomato purchasing power, and I've found a localish nursery that do mainly tomato's and some very unusual cucumbers. New seed arrived today. The freeby's I got last order are all up, 100% germination. Very pleased.
Tried Black Cherry last year. Did very well, especially outside, VERY yummy!
I swore I would not buy new seeds this yr, just finish last yrs. I know how you feel, Lisa! But have never tried Sungold, so I thought, ok, just them, but was cheaper to buy them with Suncherry, so, ok. Ha. Had to get more San Marzano, as they made wonderful ketchup, so for good measure got another italian one for sauces (can't remember the name). That's besides my usual standbys. Also really want to try ildi, green sausage, etc etc. Spend far more time cutting down my list than making it!
And you're right, the 'Internerd' is wicked I'll be calling it that forever now, instead of 't'internet'!
Just bought a Black Cherry and a Yellow Tumbling Tom and planted them in large pot and hanging basket respectively. Forty-odd more plants from seed due to go into their growbags in a week or so, as soon as I've tidied up the greenhouse enough!
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No seedlings have appeared yet but we've no heat as yet so patience I think. Any wrinkles on growing tomatoes successfully from seed?
A cold greenhouse is fine, especially if you didn't sow them till April. They should have germinated by now though!
If you've sown in trays, prick them out into 3" pots of multi-purpose compost or John Innes No.2 when they've got their first two seed-leaves fully open. If you sowed in pots, thin to the strongest seedling in each pot at the same stage. Don't let them dry out but don't drown the little dears either. Give them as much light as poss and a steady temperature too if you can. When they have half a dozen leaves or start flowering they can go into their final homes. Keep asking questions!
I have a few seedlings growing, I live in SW Scotland so we're a little behind in the weather, even a friend I know who's an experienced gardener, her toms are only 3 to 4 inches high, my seedling are an inch up. I overwatered the first batch, so started again or I'd be further on.
Thanks for the advice on the temps though, that's where I've been going wrong for so long, I often thought if it's comfortable for me in the greenhouse then the toms will love it but they love heat, since I tried keeping the temps over 10c or 15c and everything has flourished. Even getting some coriander up, I've not been able to do so because of my lack of temp education.
I've got a garden pearl, money maker, and gardeners delight. From the afore mention friend. They're all in their homes bar one, it's a bit wee just now, like you say they need to have a few leaves on them. Also have some from the garden center just in case mine failed, they're growing away nicely.
You have to be careful with toms in Scotland, different from down south, they are harvested much later, I've made that mistake before, harvesting them too early.
REALLY hope we get a nice summer this year!
With you on that one!
Sounds like you're doing OK.
I'll be up your way - sailing in the Firth of Clyde - next month. Make sure we have good weather please
Sea what I can do!
Aye - you'll be lucky Steve...
Actually - May can sometimes be nice here...wouldn't come without good waterproofs and a few jumpers though....
Hmmm - yes. I shall be well wrapped up when necessary. Sailing in the rain can be quite unpleasant. But all your soft fruit will need some sunshine too!