Melbourne Cup Day weekend is the traditional time to plant tomatoes in the veggie patch in this part of Australia. But I am not starting with the others this year. I usually purchase seedlings but the first time I have decided to grow my tomatoes from seed.
I didn't plant my tomato seeds until October. I had a good strike rate but my babies are too small to put into the veggie garden yet. So I have potted them on into compost. I have used a range of pots: newspaper, toilet roles and some plastic tubes I had.
I am not particularly worried as I know that once planted, tomatoes grow quickly and my harvest won't be particularly late. Growing tomatoes is more like the tortoise and the hare having a race than thoroughbred horses. Tomatoes planted early may be winners for a while but are often overtaken over by late starters who thrive in the warmer weather.
But, next year I will start my seeds earlier, inside, in September.
*Cup Day - public holiday in this state...for a horse race. This year's race is the 150th. I think Victoria is alone in having a holiday for a horse race which is held on the first Tuesday November. Most take Monday off too and have a really loooonnngg weekend.