Early-I know-Tomatoes 2015

early tomato varieties
early tomato varieties

Since we are sowing seeds. Why leave the tomatoes out? I have sown them at time of the year before. Only to have wiry, gangly leggy creatures that I didn’t pot up quickly enough. I’m not very good at both potting on, or pricking out for that matter. I stood in Dad’s loft, it was cold up there, rooted in the seed stasher to pull out the seeds. I didn’t have as many as I had thought, but that didn’t make the selection of seeds any easier. Laying out the packets, it was a cross between laying out solitaire cards and X factor selection. You might think, that a tomato is a tomato. Not quite. Trust me, there are people out there who will have strong views on that matter. There are quite a few heritage/heirloom varieties in this particular experiment. Last year, I had a few that were shop brought plants. Wiry and tall to begin with, with slightly odd leaves. These did actually take sometime to get growing. The plants did grow large well, but were slower to produce the bigger, beefsteak fruit.

The varieties are:

  • Yellow stuffer-This made the lovely yellow chutney last year, so same again, please.
  • Marmande-big beefy beefsteak. Very productive last year, knobbly decent sized tomato.
  • Cream sausage-hilarious name, but actually yellow.
  • True black brandywine-another beefy beefsteak. But what looks likes like a Gothic fruit. Did have a shop brought Brandywine last year, the name escapes me.
  • Moneymaker-I have to have one bog standard red tomato, so mum doesn’t protest. It was toss up between this variety and Gardener’s delight.
  • Cherokee purple. I brought one of these last year as a plant, from a local greengrocer. Big plant, big fruit, but not bad.

I do have a sense of trepidation about sowing this early. Not least of all because they all might germinate like triffids and become leggy.Must keep an eye on them, make sure that they get potted up as soon as possible. Seeds were modularised, twenty four modules. But not a lot of seeds, at this stage. Plus, I have to consider window sill space. If they all do come off, then there is the small matter of them ripening.

6 thoughts on “Early-I know-Tomatoes 2015”

  1. For a few years I had a competition with my mate to see who could get the first tom of the year, and we both planted up our seeds on Boxing day. We eventually found that if we planted early or not, we got fruit around the same time, Good luck with yours though.

  2. I tend to sow at this time of year with the intention of not using them but it keeps the itchy fingers happy.😊

    They really don’t need to go in for a few weeks and the problem is keeping them warm and sunny.

  3. What you have to do is to keep them warm. If tomatoes go below about 10C they get stressed and sulk. You can tell if they’re stressed because the go blue. None of the varieties you have listed really benefit from being sown excessively early in my opinion. The earliest I have grown are Bloody Butcher, Latah and Nikolayev Yellow cherry all of which fruit in early July in my polytunnel.

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