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  •  I nearly alway start indoors too early. (5+ / 0-)

    We are in USDA zone 7B, with a median frost-free date of May 6. I will plant out tomatoes about May 1, and will cloche as needed.

    I always jump the gun on starting indoors. Last year, I think I started tomatoes about Feb 15, under lights and heat in a greenhouse. By the time Mayday rolled around, the plants were in 1- and 3-gallon pots, were three feet tall and bushy and flowering, and were all severely root bound. (The parthenocarpic ones had fruit.)

    At the same time I set those out, I set out some 6" tall plants from 1" pots, and they wound up bearing nearly as well.

    The other thing I did last spring was take a tomato plant that had lived for  about 15 months in a 1 gallon pot in the greenhouse, and was a very spindly 6' tall (pencil-thinkness at the base, for pity's sake), and plant it horizontally outdoors. It formed an 8'-wide hedge about 5' high, and was covered with flowers (but never a tomato!) until the end of autumn.

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:56:23 AM PST

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