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.

In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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