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RE: tomatoes

Donna - have your tried ordering tomato transplants from SSE
(www.seedsavers.org) ? They'll deliver them in mid-May hardened off and
ready to go. I get all my pepper transplants from them becuase they are
so much better than anything I've used before. I get mine delievered the
week of 4/1, but that's a zone 8 schedule, you can pick your own dates.
And at 2.50 a piece, you won't have to take a second mortgage either.
You have to order in increments of 6, but I just ordered 3 of each of my
four favorites. I only need eight, so my fortuate friends will reap the
benefit of "extras". But their stuff is great and arrives in great

Just a thought darling.



---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Donna " <justme@prairieinet.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sun, 9 Mar 2003 11:28:46 -0600

>I guess I will have to try that this year. Most times I attempt to keep
>everything in what ever it came in. But we are talking close to 2 months
>so it really takes its toll. 
>Annuals that will be made into hanging pots or display containers do get
>transplanted within a short time. Then it is the in and out of the
>garage depending on that days forecast. The veggies and annuals that
>will be ground plants are the real problems. Didn't think it was a good
>thing to keep transplanting them. Now that my perennials are filling
>out, as well as more acquired, not planting many annuals in the ground,
>other than some grasses that are not hardy here.
>Perennials always get bumped up and live in that container till I figure
>out where I will put them. I like to wait and see who made it thru the
>winter before I decide. Seems all the perennials sold around here are
>not hardened off either... straight from the greenhouse to my home, so
>they need to be acclimated too....
>What does everyone else do in these northern climates? It still erks me
>when I have to buy a plain jane common tomato plant in early April and
>hold it till end of May... or have none.
>> I was having a tough time understanding this thread until I realized
>> you and Ceres  were talking vegetables.
>> Regarding ornamentals, I enjoy getting my new ones early as I am often
>> getting little 2 inch starts.  I pot them up and put outside so they
>> get a head start.  The warm sun on   the black plastic warms the
>> soil and gets them going much better than than the cold soil of the
>> ground.
>> By the time I put them in the ground in May they've put out new roots
>> hold the new soil together if handled gently.  Of course, being hardy
>> ornamentals they've already been hardened and a late frost doesn't
>> them.  Naturally, I keep a better watch on the tender stuff which
>> go out for keeps until late May.
>> Kitty
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Kemp TX/zone 8A


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