Tomato plants!

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Tomato plants!

Postby Mamta » May 18th, 2012, 8:39 am

Can anyone please tell me when to plant tomato plants outside in Bedfordshire area? Mine are getting too tall, about 1 1/2 feet already? for keeping indoors in small pots. I planted my courgettes and zuchetta plants out a few days ago, they seem to be okay so far.
I am sure there was a gardening thread here somewhere, but I can't find it!
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Re: Tomato plants!

Postby hickybank » May 18th, 2012, 8:53 am

I would put them out during the day & bringh them back in at night to raden them off, get may out of the way then leave them out.

I had the same trouble with my runner beans, started them off indoors too early & they all went leggy.

I planted them out & started off some more so I am replacing the leggy ones as the new ones come along

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Re: Tomato plants!

Postby Mamta » May 18th, 2012, 10:01 am

Thanks hicky, I will start doing that today. I was worried that it might be too early. Would it not work if I leave them out next to a wall and cover them with a fleece overnight. I am a bit lazy when it comes to things like that.
Good idea, I will put some seeds next to each bean plant to extend the season.
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Re: Tomato plants!

Postby Suelle » May 18th, 2012, 12:34 pm

I'm level with Bedfordshire, and a little further East.

I don't usually plant out tomatoes until the first half of June. With the weather as cold as it is at the moment there's an added risk of frost overnight.

On the other hand, it's not doing the plants any good to grow as fast under cover, so I think I'd take the risk of putting them out.

My tomatoes are in a cold frame and are hardly growing at all - I think I'm going to have to buy some more mature plants. This was the first year I've tried growing tomatoes from seed.
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Re: Tomato plants!

Postby Renée » May 18th, 2012, 12:43 pm

I would leave them out and cover with some fleece, Mamta. They should be quite safe.
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Re: Tomato plants!

Postby hickybank » May 18th, 2012, 2:19 pm

Yes covered with a fleece should be o/k unless we get a late hard frost, but don't forget,this is England we can have 4 seasons weather in the same day :scared: :scared: :scared:
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Re: Tomato plants!

Postby Mamta » May 18th, 2012, 3:27 pm

but don't forget,this is England we can have 4 seasons weather in the same day

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No I won't forget! We have had snow in may before!
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