Early Planting

There’s a few things holding me back from gardening at the moment. One of them is the fact that my garden is a complete Disaster Zone – not helped by the back operation I required. The other is the fact that it’s October. In Melbourne. Which means the weather could be doing anything (and, in fact, is).

The rule of thumb here is that it’s too early to plant tomatoes (in an exposed garden position) before Melbourne Cup weekend (and for those of you not in the know, Melbourne Cup is a horse race that is ALWAYS run on the first Tuesday of November. Why they don’t have a more fixed date, is anyone’s guess).

Despite this, as soon as Spring…springs…I always want to get out in the garden planting a variety of vegetables, but especially tomatoes. We didn’t grow many fruits or vegetables growing up, but we did grow tomatoes. I remember picking them, still warm from the sun, and eating them as though they were apples. Delicious. And now that I’m grown up, I’m trying to replicate that same taste, the one that tastes like summer and sun and outdoors.

But, I can’t. Not yet. Because it’s still October (see above lamentation).

So, because of this, as an attempt to get around this, this year I’m going to try growing tomatoes from seed. Unfortunately, I’ve never tried to grow anything from seed before. Well, not anything harder than beans and peas (turns out those suckers are easy to grow), so this is going to be a bit of an experiment.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cherry Tomatoes

Have you ever tried to grow anything out of season? Or had success with tomatoes from seed? I’d love to hear about any tips!!

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