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Sowing tomatoes cold greenhouse

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 11:24
I've been growing mine from seed indoors. Theyre about 6-8 inches tall now, in 3" pots. I've got a small coldframe that they can go into before going into their final positions, in pots along a warm South facing wall.

When do people reckon they could go into the coldframe and then into their final pots? Never quite sure timing-wise... Ok I get that you need to avoid cold nights particularly but I think in previous years I should probably have been a bit more confident in moving them outside. I'm in central London so cold nights are pretty rate... But equally even May nights can get down to 5 degrees.

The Tomatoes have arrived!!

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 08:58

yours look pretty good to me, lucy! I think they've reached a similar height to mine. I seem to have ended up with about six or seven varieties and I can see that the leaves vary from variety to variety in terms of shape and size of leaves and colour. I wouldn't worry at all if some look a bit different.

In terms of potting up, I tend to follow italophile's advice i think! Mine will ultimately go into 15 litre pots outside so i just keep them in these 3 inch ones until that point. I'm in Southwark, London, so cold nights aren't too much of an issue but I know putting them out too early can cause problems. So, even though I'll get into trouble for keeping them in the house, I imagine I'll leave them indoors at least until the end of the month. I've got a small coldframe they can go in to harden off for a few weeks. If they get too big and the weather's ok, I may try and get them in the coldframe earlier. My wife will appreciate it...

I think last summer, I was a little too cautious about putting them in their final positions so I may be a little braver this year... Or hedge my bets and split my plants by putting half into the coldframe earlier...


Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:05
Thanks Bob. Just wondered whether having lots of canes made them more disease-prone / less fruit bearing?

Removing raspberry runners

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:10

I planted three autumn rasperry canes last year, had a decent first year's crop, and now have absolutely tons coming through. Each original cane has about 7 or 8 coming up clustered around the original that i cut down to ground level. Then there are a number of other random canes popping up, dotted around and in between.

I'm not too concerned about their spread in that I've put them in one half of raised bed that doesn't have much else in it and I'd like to have plenty. However, I wonder whether in practice they're going to get too over crowded? Should I 'thin' them out at all? I already pulled up a few outlying canes to give to a friend but I've still got tons!

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 08:04
What have you potted them into fishy65? Partly out of laziness and a lack of indoor space, I tend not to have too many potting stages for mine. I start them in deep modules (two seeds per module) and then put them into individual 3" pots when they have small true leaves. That's where I'm at currently.

I usually now keep them in these pots until they're ready to go into the coldframe to harden off (late May hopefully). I used to worry that keeping them in small pots for so long holds them back but I've really found it doesn't. I did try having an intermediate stage with them in 4.5" pots but they then don't fit in the windowsill and just take over.

So aftert they've hardened off and I think nighttime temps are no longer an issue, i just bury them deeply into their final 20 litre pots and off they go...

spuds in ?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 10:36

Have still got my Charlottes chitting away indoors. I might try and get them into their bags in a week or so's time I think as they're starting to go quite wrinkly...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 07:52
I've 'cut' back to growing on 16 seedlings in 3" pots now. Will probably have to give a few away...

Germination rate was low for some reason this year - probably about 50%. Not that I need more plants! I did it slightly differently this year. Previously I've left seed trays in a dark corner and only moved them into the light at the first signs of life. This time I just had the trays in a bright windowsill from the start because I wanted to see if that would help prevent leggyness.

Actually, while less seeds germinated than usual, the seedlings all look pretty sturdy. All have decent sized true leaves and thick stems.

The question is how many to give away...

Growing tomatoes

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 19:43

Yes, a few more Sweet Aperitif have reared their heads... Basically I'll have plenty of plants. Always strikes me how reliable Sungold are, from germination to fruiting.

Just starting to get tiny true leaves on some of them...


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 10:22

I've got some 'Sugar Flash' snap peas and had been minded to put them in the ground although the packet suggests April. Having said that, given I live in Central London, surely it would be ok?

My other hesitation is over those pesky slugs and snails that torment my garden. I find nematodes work but they're expensive and need regular reapplying. I scatter the 'safe' organic pellets too but I'm dubious how much they work.

So, my question is, would now be a good time to plant snap peas in my coldframe in modules, with a view to planting out when they're stronger and more likely to survive a slug onslaught?


Posted: 17/03/2015 at 07:25
Ok thanks Italophile... Yes I was surprised they say April too as I'd always thought March for peas.

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