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the difference 6 weeks makes; early vs late sowing

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I was somewhat disappointed with my yields last year and consequently determined to start seedlings earlier and get them in the ground earlier this season.  We generally get very cold nights well into October and are not safe from frost until mid October here.


  • Last year my SSS Super Deluxe seedlings emerged 22 November.  This year I had them up by 3 October - about 6 weeks earlier.
  • Last year the plant wasn't put in the ground until end of December.  This year the plant was in the ground by end of November.



The results speak for themselves.  Whilst not everything is the same [hole size, medium, watering], I consider the time of sowing to be the major factor in the difference.


Below is SSS Super Deluxe at 21st January last year then this year.


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Last year I yielded just on 4 oz from that little plant.  Goodness only knows what this harvest might bring!

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