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    Locallized Seeds for Veggies.

    Does anybody have a good source of seeds for things like cucumber, tomato, potato (tubers), which are adapted for growing in Thailand?

    Also I would love to know if there is a chart online or elsewhere which shows what to plant and when as the growing seasons here confuse me greatly.

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    I buy tomato, cucumber, basil, morning glory etc seeds from Tesco.

    You can also just plant a whole tomato or even slices.

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    We've purchased seeds from Makro and Global House and had good results. We also buy from a local plant seedling places particularly for lettuce seedlings. They may take a bit to find since ours are not on Google Maps, we happened upon them on a drive or two. Asking locals may also be an option.

    There are several Thailand specific growing season charts online...Google is your friend. Must say though there are some significant differences in them on several vegetables. Our best results have been tomatoes October-February and lettuce November-February. We use very light cloth bags to protect the tomato fruits from pests as we are totally organic.

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    Thank you that's very helpful. I was not sure if I could trust the seeds at the local big box stores, but seems they are fine based on your comments and those of Dirk. Do you source those 'light bags' somewhere specific? Thank you.

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    Certainly no problems sprouting but I've never successfully grown tomatoes or cucumbers.

    I planted peas the other day but the seeds might be a bit old.

    I use about a 70/30 combo of soil to perlite and use epsom salts too.

    I tried growing some weeds but my dog ate them.

    I'm really, really shit at this btw but my Mrs has a magic touch for it.
    Lang may yer lum reek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirk diggler View Post
    Certainly no problems sprouting but I've never successfully grown tomatoes or cucumbers.

    I planted peas the other day but the seeds might be a bit old.

    I use about a 70/30 combo of soil to perlite and use epsom salts too.

    I tried growing some weeds but my dog ate them.

    I'm really, really shit at this btw but my Mrs has a magic touch for it.
    Now that I am retired and have the time, I will give it a try, as soon as we get back home, (last day of our ASQ quarantine tomorrow)
    I was thinking of going to the morning Market in Khon Kaen and buying some locally produced cucumbers and tomatoes and take seeds from them
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    When to plant depends on where you are in Thailand. For our village, in the Sakon Nakhon area, tomatoes and cucumbers are January to June depending on whether you are going to use the field for rice afterwards.

    As it happens, we have turned our top field into cucumber plants this year. The land slopes from the top field down to the others and was only good for early crop rice anyway. The first cropping has just taken place...

    Locallized Seeds for Veggies.-cucumbers_top_field-jpg

    ...about 300kg, but it's early days and a lot more are expected. My niece and her husband bought good quality seed and have a couple of market buyers buying in bulk. They've managed to get several farmers to grow them in the region and will collect and deliver to market. They are open pollinated seed so you should be able to use the local market produce to grow your own.

    Locallized Seeds for Veggies.-cucumbers-jpg

    There are plenty of roadside stalls offering cheap cucumbers and tomatoes this time of year. The tomatoes were grown in a similar fashion here but I haven't seen them in the fields for a while.

    Anyway, the main thing is to buy from them and use the seeds to grow your own plants.

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