When to start off Tomato seeds

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  1. Sargan

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    Just to use the same question & logic, what about Cucumbers - same dates ?
     
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    No. Cucumbers are nowhere near as tough as tomatoes. A month later is plenty soon enough.
    My chilli seed will get started early February, tomato seed early March, Cucumbers, melons and squashes mid April. All timings are approximate dependent on weather, mood and workload.
    The tomatoes and peppers will be in a cold greenhouse late march early April although in a cold spell they will come into the house at night and most nights will be covered with fleece or newspaper. Cucumbers, squashes and melons will go to the greenhouse early to mid May and the squashes outside end of May.
    Mid April to May is when I start off the sweetcorn and runnerbeans in the cold greenhouse.
     
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    • Sargan

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      Let's see if I got the above right ... sow Tomato seeds indoors in propagators, and then under grow lights in Mid March ......and cucumbers a month later

      Then move to an unheated greenhouse Toms at mid-April ? cucumbers at end of May ?

      I had some seeds sown 2 weeks ago ..... but going leggy. I'll start again
       
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      I will start my tom seeds 1st March indoors with heat and lights with a view to putting them into a cold greenhouse mid May
      regards Sandy
       
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      @Sargan I'll be starting my tomato seeds indoors, heat and light over the next few days.
      You need to tailor the sowing time to your local conditions. Note that Sandy and I are at opposite ends of the country, so I can get away with being a bit earlier in moving things to the greenhouse. If April nights are looking warm I could well put things out a week or two early.
       
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        I have heat pads .... they needed indoors or not ? just concerned I'll end up with leggy seedlings if I put them on warming pads.
        I can put them under the lights once leaves arrive.
        So maybe I'll start Tomatoes next week and cucumbers a month later
         
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        I'd leave cucumbers until April or even May.:smile:
         
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          Tnx .. I'll leave a while then
           
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