Heirloom Seedling planning
I am getting ready to start seed over the next month. My standard approach is:
Start seed New Years, pot up twice, put in ground April 15 (in cloche) by then the plants are 3 feet tall with baby tomatoes. I get ripe tomatoes by July 4th. I only get ~6 hrs of sun and if I don't do this I get ripe tomatoes in the middle of August.
1. The above timeline is ~100 days to 3 foot from seed and then another ~100 days to ripe for a total of 200 days from seed to ripe. This seems excessive, what do you think ?
2. When raising the seedlings, I do NOT remove the flowers nor pea tomatoes because they will be my first ripe. Do you think this inpacts my yields ?
My yield from 20 plants over the years varies from 400-800 tomatoes although 2011 was only ~200 due to the hot weather messing with polination.