Sunday, 21 February 2021

Seed Order

I'm not growing very much this year, I think it will be down to just tomatoes and potatoes again, as it was last year. I missed growing tomatoes one year and regretted it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, nothing you can buy compares to the taste of home grown tomatoes, especially my favourite cherry tomato, Maskotka. 

When I started growing Maskotka tomatoes back in 2014 it wasn't such a popular or well known variety, it was quite hard to find the seed. I've usually ordered the seed from the internet as larger seed suppliers didn't offer it, however, I've noticed this year that companies such as Thompson & Morgan and Mr Fothergill's, amongst others, now sell Maskotka tomato seeds so it must be more popular now than it was back then.

This year, I might have picked them up on a visit to a garden centre but given that we're still in lockdown it's a while since I've visited a garden centre so my seeds have once again been bought from the internet. I ordered from a company I haven't used before, Premier Seeds Direct, and I have to say I was very impressed with them and I wouldn't hesitate in ordering from them again in the future. They offer a good range of seed and their postage prices are very reasonable. I placed my order on Thursday the 4th of February and it was delivered on Monday the 8th of February. Given there was a weekend between these dates, this was quick. Take into account that we're currently in the middle of a global pandemic, this was super quick.

Of course, I couldn't let the Maskotka seeds travel alone. Another cherry tomato variety had caught my eye whilst browsing the site so I also ordered some Sweet Olive seeds, a baby plum looking cherry variety which, like Maskotka, has a bush habit so needs very little staking. I'm looking forward to tasting this one.

Now that Eleanor has her own house I shall be growing a couple of seedlings for her too which she can take over the care of once they've been potted on. She's not a lover of tomatoes but Jacob enjoys them so I'm trying to encourage them to grow their own right from the off. What tastes nicer than something you've grown yourself?

This isn't a sponsored post. I bought the seeds myself but was impressed with the service I received from Premier Seeds Direct so I thought they were worth a mention as I know some seed orders are being delayed at the moment so you may be looking for alternative suppliers.

17 comments:

  1. You are right home grown tomatoes are the best but I never seem to have much luck with them. Last year they were very late and a very poor crop. I'm hoping that the garden centres open soon and will just buy some tumbling Tom plants as they seem to be the only ones I have any success with.

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  2. That’s good of you encouraging Eleanor to start growing tomatoes for Jacob to enjoy. I’m not a tomato lover either but I have grown them in the past but not anymore. I do agree even the smell of a home grown tomato is wonderful and full of flavour unlike any shop bought ones.

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  3. It's always good to see a seed supplier recommended.
    Happy sowing, growing and eating. xx

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  4. So exciting to get seeds and start planning for Spring, enjoy and stay safe.

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  5. I hope your tomatoes and potatoes do well this year :)

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  6. I like to grow tomatoes each year if nothing else & have been impressed by my little yellow plum shaped ones. They are very sweet & I'll look for the label & tell you what they are, though we may have different names for some here in Oz. Take care & hugs.

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  7. It's always great when the seed packets come out again, promises of delicious home grown goodies later in the year. Let's hope it's a good growing year.

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  8. I tried tomatoes again last year but I don't do very well with them, I must be doing something wrong so think i'll give them a miss in future. I did do very well with lettuce though so will probably do that again.

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  9. my vege garden has been brilliant this summer, but still waiting for tomatoes to redden up. And mail from the UK to New Zealand is only taking 5-7 days now = back to normal times!

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  10. That service show Kings seeds up. I've emailed the managing director now!!

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  11. Home grown ANY veggies are the BEST! Good luck with your crop!

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  12. Nothing like summer tomatoes on the vine and onto the picnic table. YUM. Your dedication to a certain seed is awesome

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  13. I couldn't agree more. You can't beat home grown tomatoes. Looking forward to following their progress.xxx

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  14. I love cherry toms, so easy to pop one in your mouth, not heard of that variety, might have to follow your link and see if they deliver out here xcx

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  15. Oh that´s a shame all deliveries to Europe are suspended xcx

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  16. I also couldn't agree more, home grown tomatoes are so much better.
    Happy growing.

    All the best Jan

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  17. Last year we had a fabulous cherry tomato that was extremely productive. I don't know the name because it was a volunteer growing out of the compost bin. A lovely freebie. I just finished my annual sorting seeds post, Jo, so great minds ...and all that. So glad you are still growing. P. x

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