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  •  I call that "survival of the fittest" gardening, (9+ / 0-)

    letting the weeds fight it out.  :) Here where we are, it's temperate enough that the cold dips to below zero farenheit only a couple of weeks out of the year.  Too cold for a cold frame to do much more than extend the season a few weeks.  I try to put out a cover crop of crimson clover in the fall, and till it under in the spring.

    I too try to get up early and garden in the cool.  It's better for the plants, anyway.  Sometimes it's better to let the weeds grow rather than stress the plants when it's really and dry.

    The varieties of eating tomatoes you've planted are hybrids, great for reliability at the cost of taste.  Before you dismiss the breed entirely, you owe it to yourself to try the heirlooms.  Amazing variety and tastes.  I'll be interested to hear your reaction to a real tomato.  For a few years I saved seed from a plum cooking tomato that was called, variously, "Shifflett" or "Big Mama."  If you ever see it, snap it up.  It's like a Roma, except it's bigger and the taste--it's a Roma on steroids.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 01:57:38 PM PST

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