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Sungold tomato trusses

Sungold tomato trusses

I felt a bit of a pig last spring. Danny adores Sungold tomatoes but I suddenly couldn’t find my wallet when I saw the price on the pack – £2.99 for just ten F1 seeds.

Feeling a bit guilty I bought one plant in a sale in late June. Perhaps this plant hadn’t had the coddling that one would usually give a tomato plant of this calibre, as it didn’t produce a great harvest. Just three trusses that were largely green by the end of September.

We grew Sungold tomatoes years ago with great results so I decided that this year I’d invest the cash and buy some seed. Generally we save our tomato seed these days using this easy method. Although Sungold seeds are an F1 variety (and probably will not come true if saved) the cost of seeds is small compared to a few punnets of Sungold toms from the supermarket, as I found to my cost last summer.

Imagine my delight when I spotted that Thompson and Morgan has an excellent seed sale on now. The star of this show are Sungold seeds reduced from £2.99 to just 20p! I nipped onto the site and ordered some along with Carrot ‘Flyaway’ F1 Hybrid (99p), Salad Leaves ‘Speedy Mix’ (49p), Runner Bean ‘White Lady’ (99p), Sunflower ‘Russian Giant’ (49p), Sweet Pea ‘King Size Navy Blue’ (99p), Poppy ‘Summer Fruits’ (49p), Beetroot ‘Boltardy’ (Globe) (49p) and just for fun Geranium ‘Horizon Pink Ice’ F1 Hybrid (99p). The regular price for these seeds totalled, £21.81 and I got them for £6.12 + £1.95 postage and packing. A bargain.

Although the list in Thompson and Morgan’s sale is small there may be something on the list that tickles your fancy. Our carrots on the allotment were attacked by carrot fly this autumn – so ‘Flyaway’ seemed an obvious choice for this year. The salad leaves ‘Speedy Mix’ are an old favourite with us and we sow and grow these throughout the year. The runner bean White Lady will set in almost any weather, we’ve had good results with this seed in the past – the flavour is quite delicate and they are stringless. Bolthardy is the beetroot that I prefer to sow as it’s slow to bolt and has a good rounded flavour – roll on summer salads with baby beetroot tossed in lime juice and chilli oil!

One thing that I really loved about our allotment site last summer was the proliferation of giant sunflowers on the plots. So Russian Giant – which can grow up to 10’ high – was a must have. I can never grow enough sweet peas and the ‘King Sized Navy Blue’ are a new variety to me and look promising. Shaggy headed poppies are here in the garden but ‘Summer Fruits’ included colours that we don’t yet have.

Last but not least, I thought that it would be fun to try growing pelargonium (annual geranium) from seed. They need to be started early as they take a very long time to grow.

So my seeds are ordered and it’s time to dust of our cheap electric propagator and start sowing the first seeds of 2012.

N.B. The discounts only show up when you go to checkout! Click here for the Thompson and Morgan January 2012 seed sale.


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  1. Hi I will definitely be looking at the bargain seeds. Funnily I was just thinking that I need to sort my seeds tomorrow! I so love your posts – there has been many a day when your blogs have been the highlight of the day Thank you!

  2. Sue Burton

    I’m waiting to order fruit trees for the lottie from T&M. Waiting for the £50 deposit back from the lottie which I had to pay when I took the plot last year. A good investment but need a cash injection to get it going! Fingers crossed it doesn’t arrive too late!

  3. Lynds Jennings

    Brilliant helpful post (as always ) Sungold are the only toms we grow now as they are so reliable here outdoors-ours fruited til mid november here, and do well even in a cool summer like the last one-even converted my tomato hating nephew to sungold! Most of the other toms do much less well in a poor summer and all are grown outside. The white ladies did well for us too :) Off to the T&M website for me-catch you later !

  4. Thrifty Household

    Thanks for the tip- I’m popping over to the site right away!

  5. Thanks for the heads up on the sale. I’ve just ordered to get myself organized :)

    I’m giving sungold a try for the first time too!

  6. I love Sungolds too. If anyone misses the T & M sale, last year Unwins were selling packets of 30 seeds for £2.99.

  7. Fiona,

    It’s all your fault! I spent money this morning before even getting dressed!

    I’ve bought sungolds, the beauful forest fruit poppies, salad leaves and runner beans! Didn’t grow any runners last year and really missed them.
    Thanks for the recommendation…

    Off now to buy my potatoes for chitting -I feel a a new blog post coming on…..

  8. Sungold, the best little tomatoes. They are very reliable and heavy croppers… we had enough from our plants to eat them every day, with bowlfuls in the fridge. Thank you for the tip about the bargain seeds, hope they haven’t sold out by now!

  9. Thanks Fiona. I have just checked this out and placed an order. Looking forward to tasting those beauties later this year.

  10. Thank you Fiona, I’ve placed an order.

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