Early tomato Experiment 2018

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Early tomato Experiment 2018
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:17 »
It's a long while since we had the last experiment, here
So what to do ??- The Great Tomato Experiment in Grow Your Own - Page 1 of 16
so I wondered if anybody else was thinking of sowing just a few early tomatoes?

As usual I sowed 2 Gartenperle and 2 Yellow Peardrops on Thursday 18th Jan and they are beginning to show   ;)
Anyone else fancy joining in?  :D

Warning: This usually involves moving them between house and greenhouse whenever cold is forecast, or keeping them indoors til end of April  - so not for the faint hearted  :lol: :lol:
« Last Edit: February 03, 2018, 17:18 by mumofstig »
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2018, 11:14 »
I went into the greenhouse supposedly just to sow my onions, but I got carried away and also sowed a few Marzano tomatoes, and some Supersweet from a trial packet.
I'll check tomorrow to see if anything's happening.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2018, 11:34 »
Are they out in a cold greenhouse? Brrr  :unsure:

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2018, 12:07 »
Sowed some mini toms at the end of november under lights (yellow canary) that only grow around six inches tall. They are already showing the first flower buds.

They are on course for their first miniscule but welcome crop in may sometime.

The large greenhouse beef stakes have already been sown. :)

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2018, 14:07 »
Think I'll join you and pop in a couple of Tom Thumb seeds this week as I know the plants stay small and will be manageable. I grew Koralik last year as supposedly small plants to sit on the shelves in the greenhouse but they turned into monsters fairly quickly and ended up about 4ft high and the same across!

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2018, 17:14 »
Are they out in a cold greenhouse? Brrr  :unsure:

Yes, they are, but they are in heated propagators.  I had plenty of seed so thought I'd risk it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2018, 17:42 »
I was going through my seed box last night and just thinking that I might try a few early tomatoes and chilis and see how they go.  Count me in.  Will let you know what variety I decide on later.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2018, 19:42 »
I have sown 3 types of currant toms today :),can I join in,first time for me to sow seeds in January may be this is a new thing I will sow the onions next week :lol:

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2018, 22:00 »
My sungold and floridity cherries are being sown tomorrow. I enjoy the challenge. And this year, despite quite a few cold nights, I'v actually managed to keep 3 chillies alive in the cold greenhouse under 2 fleeces.  :ohmy: Pleased with that
Tomatoes are one crop where you can successfully really elongate the season by a good month or more.
I have been known to take my young toms indoors  for the odd night , but it really isn't a chore and well worth the effort. The small cherries mature more quickly than the marmandes etc.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2018, 13:45 »
Popped in a few Shirley, Scotland Yellow and Clear Pink Early today. Just enough for the heated greenhouse in a couple of months. In the interim they will be kept inside, accompanied by a generous helping of aluminium foil.

The seeds are currently resident in the bedroom in a propagator. (Polythene bag).
Did it really tell you to do THAT on the packet?

Seeds are SOWN, planting's for plants (and bulbs & tubers)!

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2018, 07:56 »
I also sowed some Shirley F1 seeds yesterday afternoon, 10 in a 6x pot, (4 x 2 and 2 x 1) they are in the lounge patio doorway, on a little table, that's the sunniest/lightest place in the whole bungalow.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2018, 08:11 »
I am trying a basket variety on the basis these tend not to put on a lot of growth before flowering and can easily be bout in doors if needed.

The race is one for the first ripe tomato!

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2018, 15:43 »
I decided to try the cherry ones as I had some seed over from last year.  Decided on Roma x 4, Red Cherry x 4 and Red Pear x 4.  I also tried a few chillis (packet of mixed seed so no idea what varieties).  They are all tucked up in the heated propogator.

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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2018, 15:51 »
I'm in ! Will choose a couple of varieties and get on to it in the morning.
Have already sown some Sweet pepper and some chilli's
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Re: Early tomato Experiment
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2018, 16:54 »
I'm itching to sow things but don't think it's worth it as we're having a proper winter up here.



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