I've definitely lost my gardening mojo this year. I gave up my allotment plot at the end of last year and since then, I just haven't seemed to want to do much in the garden, and that includes sowing seeds, a job I've always found enjoyable in the past.
I knew there were two main things I still wanted to grow this year though and they are potatoes and tomatoes. The potatoes have been planted in containers and seem to be doing well so far but I just couldn't get myself motivated to sow my tomato seeds. I'd decided to cut down anyway this year, just two varieties, Maskotka and Bloody Butcher, and less plants of each, but that ten minute job of sowing the seeds was put off and put off. The seeds were eventually sown but not one of the Bloody Butcher seeds germinated. I was quite upset about that actually as I bought the seed fresh this year from Simply Seed, an online company which I haven't used before. I'd grown this tomato variety for the first time last year having seen plants for sale in a local garden centre. I hoped that the same garden centre would be selling them again this year as it was too late by now to resow the seeds, a trip out confirmed that they were so I bought two plants.
The Maskotka seed was what was left over from last year but they germinated fine, however, as they were sown so late I hoped that I'd find some plants which were more established than my own at a local plant sale where I'd bought this variety in the past. Unfortunately, they weren't selling them this year but I did pick up a Totem plant. This is another bush variety which I've grown previously and has always been reliable, though the fruit isn't quite as tasty as Maskotka. It should give me a harvest sooner than the Maskotkas I've grown from seed though.
This plant even had its first flowers.
The photos in this post were taken a week ago and as you can see, the seedlings are just that, seedlings. I wouldn't class them as plants yet. This is one of the Maskotkas.
I'm growing four Maskotkas and the other two seedlings are Mini Munch cucumbers.
I fear it will be a very late tomato season for me this year.