The experiment: to grow tomatoes during a Sydney winter using seeds scraped from a store-bought tomato.
On 23 May I ruthlessly discarded all but the sturdiest 8 seedlings and put the winners into four small pots.
Above on 23 May, after repotting. Below on 6 June, after two weeks of growing.
Despite the less than ideal conditions, they are growing. Daytime highs now are 15-20C (59-68F) and they get only about five hours of morning sun — and that’s with me moving them four times to try to avoid shade as the low winter sun passes behind trees. Of course, many days are overcast and wet. Not what you’d call optimal!
Yesterday I ventured to a garden centre for soil and stakes, being very optimistic that the plants will grow high enough to need staking! Some of you may be wondering why I bought “seed raising and cutting” mix. The answer is that I don’t have a car. Not following that logic? I had to buy soil in a bag small enough to fit into my backpack and of a weight I could carry. All that was available in this bag size was mixes for seedlings, cacti or orchids; this seemed the least-bad choice. I do have about the same amount of regular potting mix so when the times comes I’ll combine the two.
Tune in later for Tomato Diary 3. (Tomato Dairy 1 here)