The Sow-a-Long started on Friday 4th of March 2011, but you can start at any time before the end of April in the UK, and later if you live in a warmer climate. Or, buy some plug plants in May-June.

Tumbling Tom Update

3rd June

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Tumbling Tom – Final Position

May 27th

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After Eleven Weeks

May 20th

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After Ten Weeks

May 13th

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After Nine Weeks

May 6th

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After Eight Weeks

April 29th

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After Seven Weeks

April 22nd (Happy Easter!)

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After Six Weeks

April 15th

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After Five Weeks

April 8th

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After Four Weeks

April 1st

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After Three Weeks

It’s transplant time! March 25th

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After Two Weeks

March 18th

After 14 days their first “true leaves” begin to show.
The true leaves are the smallest ones in the centre between
the larger seed leaves.

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After One Week

The progress so far …  March 11th

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Day 1

March 4th

Hello from Nick!
There is only a two month window of opportunity to sow seeds for growing tomatoes outdoors in the UK – that’s March and April – so let’s get started!
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The airing cupboard is a good place to germinate seeds or a heated propagator. Just make sure that as soon as they start to come through, usually 5 to 7 days, remove the cling film or lid and put them in a light place to stop them from becoming “leggy” too tall.

The temperatures given in the video are the “ideal” temperatures. Realistically, anywhere in the region of 21C for germination and between 15 to 18C for the seedlings is fine. Of course temperatures will be lower during the night.

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Next Friday we’ll take a look at their progress and hopefully see signs of life!

Here’s a video from last season which includes more information on sowing tomato seeds:

http://www.tomatogrowing.co.uk/html/growing_tomatoes_from_seed.html