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Unpollinated flowers will drop off but usually dry and shrivel a bit first, I find. Are they drying at all? Or just dropping off?
Home compost is fine once the plants are established. I use tons of it. Sowing seeds in home compost is the problematic one.
Apart from the various possible nasties in home compost, you'd have no idea what the pH might be.
It's always fun getting "volunteers", finding out what they are. If they're hybrids, you get some interesting variations on the parent variety in the first generation.
Yes, that's about the average given the right sowing conditions. Some will germinate in a couple of days. Older seeds can take up to a month.
Patience will get you everywhere.
Depends if they're determinate (the bush type, the ones that don't grow beyond the fruit) or indeterminate (the ones that keep growing while fruiting). You don't need to pinch out the determinate varieties.
As long as the pH is on the slightly acid side the toms will be fine.
Another reason to pinch out sideshoots is to free up some room for air to circulate. A mass of foliage and no air circulation are ideal conditions for fungal problems.
Just bumping this for Janie to see it and respond.