Posted: 14/04/2014 at 15:59
I don't tend to start my tomatoes off until April, my first lot are up and producing their first true leaf, but the others should be shooting through by Easter. I was interested to read about the Black Russian as I am growing them for the first time this year - try a new variety every year. Last year I grew (amongst others) Hungarian Strawberry, and was thrilled with the quality and taste. Saved my own seeds and they are growing well. Also tried Ildi, a small yellow tomato, that produces more tomatoes on each truss than you could ever imagine, so growing them again this year. My trusty Sungold and Costa DeVoluta are also being grown. Like you Sylvia I make loads of what I call 'Tommy Gunge'. Just take out the majority of seeds and render down with garlic and herbs, then freeze in plastic containers and use in all my stews and curries. So delicious and not at all bitter, but sweet and lovely. Hope you have a good crop Christopher. I always grow Tagetes in pots in the greenhouse and never have problems with pests.