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#1 Sat 18 Aug 07 4:33pm

azzy

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Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Hi Guys

Seeing the cherry toms that Jamie was growing in a tin has really captured my other half's imagination - we fancy growing these along with some chillies on the windowsill in the kitchen.

I know how to grow the chillies from seed (thanks to the illustration that appears at the top of the website lol ) but with the cherry tomatoes, can these be grown from seed, or should we buy little seedlings? Also, would they need a support to be attached to (i.e. wooden chopstick)?

We want to put a veg patch in the garden but we are going to start with some herbs outside in pots and maybe a few smaller indoor things before progressing onto digging earth.

But any help on the above would be brilliant  smile

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#2 Sun 19 Aug 07 2:16am

Cindy

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Seedlings are easier as you do not have the hassle from keeping mr slug and mr snail off them.

Also someone else has done the hard word of seed raising.

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#3 Wed 22 Aug 07 12:09am

ANN

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Azzy,  I grew cherry tomatoes in pots this year.  I definitely had to have a support to hold up the weight once it started producing tomatoes.  I just used a piece of bamboo.   smile

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#4 Wed 22 Aug 07 11:57am

welshlambcub

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

hi azzy -

tomatoes are a doddle to grow and as jamie shows you will be greatly rewarded.

i am a bit dubious about growing them in a tin and having a bumper crop as jamie says but you would certainly get enough for a couple of salads!

if you are tight on space grow 'bush' varieties or 'tumbling' (they will be described as such on the packet / label) which can be grown in hanging baskets or pots. the added advantage with growing this way is you can move them to where the sun is in the garden, they dont  need staking, and wont take over your garden/patio. you can also grow them on a sunny window sill. 

i personally would grow tomatoes from seed. you can get loads of weird and wonderful varieties, like the ones jamie uses. check out your local garden centre as this time of year they sell seed packets off cheap - i have just bought 10 different types in seed packets for 50p per pack. you can also easily buy packets of seeds online.

if you sow a few of each type in small plastic pots indoors in february, by easter you will be able to plant them into pots / baskets. try sowing some basil seeds and planting these seedlings in the same pots / baskets.

to get a heavy crop of tomatoes use 'Tomatorite' or a similar plant food - this is high in potash and promotes fruiting. soak the pots every day with water in the summer as erractic watering severly affects all fruit and veg.
also try to place pots where they will get maximum sun as they will need this to ripen although this will be difficult if we have more summers like this.

i have moved to a house with a patio and this year made the mistake of growing regular type tomato vines in the ground - they have completely taken over so next year i will be growing bush and tumbling varieties in pots as i describe here.

by the way when buying packets of seeds try some courgettes and aubergines too - they are just as easy to grow in medium / large pots.

good luck!

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#5 Tue 28 Feb 12 4:33am

Lemonman

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

This sounds maybe strange to all but im in a China and cant find any of the seeds for sail.Does anybody know how i can grow then from a tomato it self?.Like i put the tomato in the ground or the seeds of it.What do i need to do for it?.
i dont have a garden but i do have a glass wall in the kitchen to put them up:)
I made a window garden (window farm ) my self.

love to get to know if i can do that with more green stuff... thumbsup

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#6 Tue 28 Feb 12 8:25am

shammrok

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Lemonman you can dry tomato seeds on some kitchen paper on your windowsill and then store them somewhere dry until it's time to plant them.
Place your seeds into some little seed raising pots until they sprout leaves and stems. Then translpant into the ground or receptacle of your choice  with good compost and soil. Make sure you put in your stake before planting out so as not to destroy the roots and keep well watered but not wet.

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#7 Tue 28 Feb 12 10:00am

Ashen

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

My sister does this all the time, you will get better results, more seeds germinating if you ferment your seeds first before drying. 

google these three words      ===>    tomato seeds ferment

you will find many sites and even videos on the hows and whys of fermenting before drying and saving.


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#8 Tue 28 Feb 12 11:09am

shammrok

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Ashen wrote:

My sister does this all the time, you will get better results, more seeds germinating if you ferment your seeds first before drying. 

google these three words      ===>    tomato seeds ferment

you will find many sites and even videos on the hows and whys of fermenting before drying and saving.

Thanks Ashen I'll try this method. thumbsup

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#9 Tue 28 Feb 12 2:46pm

MsPablo

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Do people have trouble germinating tomato seeds?  I've never had a single tomato seed fail to germinate and grow.

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#10 Tue 28 Feb 12 11:22pm

Goldstars

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Re: Growing cherry tomatoes in a tin!

Where are the cherry tomatoes that grew in the tin as mentioned in the first post? 

I want some interesting/ easy/ fun vegetable growing to do so I can do it with my 4 year old.  The tin thing sounds like fun, but where do I get the starting point to do that?

..and thank you, I'd also like to try the basil growing and aubergine growing.  Would I do that all in one tin?  Is that what you mean?

Last edited by Goldstars (Tue 28 Feb 12 11:23pm)

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