It always feels like a special time to me when I sow the tomatoes for each year. So much promise of things to come…
And this year there are some new names plus an old favourite. The old favourite is Costoluto Fiorentino, whilst the new boys on the block are all F1 varieties: Orange Paruche, which is a favourite of my in-laws, but seems a pig to get hold of these days; Olivade, a plum tomato; Apero, which I’m hoping might prove a suitable replacement for Orange Paruche; and Floridity, a baby plum.
Some of the F1 varieties were getting on for 35p per seed and not very many in a packet, so I sowed everything I had in module trays, one seed per cell, and put them in the propagator.
I filled another tray with calabrese (Marathon F1) seeds, three per cell which I’ll thin to a single plant once they have germinated. Those will stay in the greenhouse to germinate as they’re a little more cold-tolerant than the tomatoes.