Seed planting

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I wanted to get my tomatoes started so I could put them out in Walls o’Water a month early. Had some Early Girl seed left but not the others I thought I had. So I quickly place a couple of seed order. My favorite small tomato is Gardener’s Delight, which Park used to carry. Now I can only find it in Burpee, where the seed padkets are more expensive as are their shipping rates. Oh, well. I like this tomato because it is a little larger than a cherry, very sweet and doesn’t inundate you with more tomatoes than you can eat (or pick). It is also within the 60 day range which I need up here. The same can be said for Park’s Whopper, which I also ordered in order to have a full sized tomato. I did plant the Early Girl. I use a seed starting mix in a cardboard milk carton cut lengthwise, and place up on top of my china cabinet. When they germinate, I’ll put them on my south-faceing window sills until large enough to put in larger containers. If you haven’t used Walls o’ Water, they really work. One year after
I planted tomatoes in them, we had 20 inches of snow and the plants were fine.
We still have 2-3 feet of snow on the ground, 200 inches total for the season.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: work in 3-5 Location: Home:small urban: work:homes and businesses Geographic type: hills, rocky outcroppings Soil type: gravelly soil – sand – sandy loam – silt – clay Experience level: professional 16 years Particular interests: design using perennials, annuals, shrubs and rock.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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