April 3 – Tomato seeds planted

The Tomato Report is taking way too long. More a matter of getting around to doing it but I did waste time fiddling around with my results. Figured out I might as well put all my data into Access and spit out five years at once. I had been using a combination of results from 2010 to 2012 in excel tables and running #s for 2013 and 2014 from Access which was too messy. In short, Early Girl (hybrid) and Manitoba medium sized varieties have been the best two performers over the last five years. Both of these varieties were from seeds purchased at Canadian Tire. The best cherry tomatoes were pretty much all of them. Some were a bit better than others but it is tough to cut any one variety from the roster. This year I’m seeding for 36 plants. I planted on March 31. I’d say any time in until about midish April for sowing tomato seed indoors (instructions on packs are to start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last frost – which is near the middle/end of the second week of June). My plants are started under florescent lights. I’ve been doing this for several years now and the lights work well. Medium:

  • 6 Early Girl
  • 4 Manitoba
  • 4 Duchess*
  • 4 Scotia*


  • 3 Chocolate Cherry
  • 3 Golden Cherry
  • 2 Honey Bee
  • 2 Yellow Pear
  • 2 Red Pear
  • 3 Red Alert
  • 3 Tiny TIm*

* All varieties I haven’t planted before. Duchess and Scotia are from Vesey’s and Tiny Tim is from Canadian Tire. I plan to start Basil next weekend – a bit early perhaps but what the heck. I do at least two crops of Basil. Lettuce will be next – inside and out (greenhouse). I’m planning to change things up this year. I’m cutting back on potatoes. Not sure the point of growing them anyway in large amounts when you don’t have much space. I’m also going to mix up tomatoes, lettuce and root vegetables in the same boxes. I may put a tiny tim tomato plant in a hanging basket. I want to look at how the tomatoes did in the greenhouse in terms of where they were placed. From my memory, some areas generally sucked for fruit production and may be best to leave for basil.


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