Ack! Heirloom tomato question
- Subject: [cg] Ack! Heirloom tomato question
- From: holly white email@example.com
- Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2006 14:59:16 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone, I'm very new to the list and new to gardening, period, but I got bit by the bug pretty bad this year and now I even dream at night about growing vegetables! I'm doomed, doomed... I love the conversation in here and plan on becoming a dues-paying member next paycheck- this list really brightens my day. The no-till conversation has been very informative.
I just came across something surprising/ disappointing, and I'd love opinions on this. It seems that the International Seed Saving Institute recommends planting heirloom tomatoes 100 feet apart. Now, I have a container garden on my small porch in downtown Detroit, and I'm planning on creating a community rooftop vegetable/ herb/ whatever garden for my apartment building next season. I'm already compiling a list of heirloom tomato varieties I'm dying to try next year, and I'd be pretty bummed if I could only try one or two. Is the 100 foot recommendation simply for seed saving, in the interest of keeping the varieties from cross-pollinating? Just how close can I plant heirloom varieties? I am interested in learning proper seed saving, but I also want to plant as much as my family can eat! Input?
Thanks so much-
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