It's that time of year again ...

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It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287738 Odsox
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:59 am

... to start sowing tomato seeds. :roll:

Well for some weirdo people it is anyway.
Started off today chitting a few Silver Fir Tree tomato seeds, which if I've got my timing right should start producing ripe fruit in time for Christmas.
But this year there's something new. Whilst browsing through the seed racks in a huge nursery when on holiday in England, as you do, I came across a sweet pepper that has been bred for pot growing. So this year there will be one less potted tomato and a pepper instead.
Exciting times... :lol:
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287739 Cassiepod
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:17 am

eh? where do you keep them and how on earth do they ripen?

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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287740 bonniethomas06
Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:28 pm

Am I right in thinking that tomatoes don't need sunshine hours just steady temperatures to fruit?
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287742 Odsox
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:08 pm

bonniethomas06 wrote:Am I right in thinking that tomatoes don't need sunshine hours just steady temperatures to fruit?

A bit of both, although I think the temperature is the most important.
These will be grown on a south facing windowsill, but being south west Ireland doesn't mean unbroken sunshine. I would estimate that from November to March we might only see the sun maybe twice a week sometimes, but the temperature will be a fairly constant 20 degrees.
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287743 Odsox
Mon Aug 01, 2016 5:18 pm

Cassiepod wrote:eh? where do you keep them and how on earth do they ripen?

Cassiepod, more details of last year's winter tomatoes are here viewtopic.php?f=1&t=29031
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287746 Flo
Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:54 am

I thought it was the time of the year to worry about preparing the beds for autumn sown onions and garlic ...

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Post: #287748 Cassiepod
Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:33 am

Thanks Odsox

mmm onion and garlic much more my thing! although with a bit of tomato your getting a nice pasta sauce going....

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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #287758 bonniethomas06
Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:23 pm

Its a race against time for me to get any portion of land ready for garlic/onions. It is currently turf!
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #288003 Odsox
Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:56 pm

A bit of an update.
The Silver Fir Tree tomatoes are now just over a month old now, languishing in the afternoon sun.
I'll post every now and again to see if my timing is right and I have ripe fruit for Christmas.
It's a bit of a gamble as I haven't grown them during the winter before, so we will see if I get egg on my face. :lol:

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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #288005 Brewtrog
Sat Sep 10, 2016 7:07 pm

Hopefully it's tomato on your face, not egg :lol:

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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #288007 Green Aura
Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:45 pm

Even at that size the plants are so pretty.
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #288205 Odsox
Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:03 pm

UPDATE

We now have a tomato hedge, or even a silver firtree hedge.
Things are looking promising, 10 weeks to go for ripe fruit.
Might do it ... :lol:

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Post: #288206 Green Aura
Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:05 pm

Grrrrrrrrr.
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #288207 bonniethomas06
Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:28 pm

Oh my word! They are beautiful! I recon you'll be good for Christmas. Fingers crossed!
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Re: It's that time of year again ...

Post: #288375 Odsox
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:50 pm

Oh dear, it looks like my timing was a bit out.
Ah well, at least there should be some left at Christmas .... hopefully.

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