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    Quote Originally Posted by annie8 View Post
    You guys are a bad influence. Resisting the temptation to sow anything yet, as i don't have lights or a propagator. Tempted to start a few though.
    Do it ! Gone on do it........you know you want to

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    OK, for 99p for a pack of seeds Iím game. Just ordered a packet of Tiny Tom which Iíll sow when they get here.
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    Ok so have decided to sow a few tomatoes now. Picked up some seed compost. A few gardeners delight, sungold, Shirley and red cherry. Am going to try some outside tomatoes this year as well as greenhouse. For outside tomatoes what do you do about spacing requirements? According to the packet sungold needs 60cm between which seems weird as the other cherry sized ones say 45cm.

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    I sowed mine early last year and they germinated brilliant but I struggled with them and they went all spindly. I’m guessing it was because of the low light levels at this time of the year. They were ok in the end but still spindly till they died. Got a below average but earlier crop though.

    I’m going to try later this year to compare.

    What is the “conventional” time that most people do Toms?

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    Dynamite...you mean the sensible people...usually sow the seeds in March.

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    These "early toms" we're sowing are mostly small bush plants that will stay on windowsills and in the GH until mature.
    Unless you can provide enough light and warmth, there's no point starting vine/cordon toms this early. Also, if you're growing them in a GH, they can be started earlier than those that will be planted outdoors

    I stagger my sowings, a few each month for several months.
    Make 2019 the Year of Random Seed sowing
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    I grow 3 types, 5 plants of each type.
    But I'll start 3 of each in February, then 2 of each 4 or 5 weeks later.
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    Well have sown a dozen - 4 types as a wee experiment. Veggie chicken - Why do you say these couldn’t be outdoor ones. Was thinking probably these would be for the GH but could I not then put them in a bed in say May?

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