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Posted by UNKNOWN 23 Oct 2009 - 11:16:00 AM

It's still hard for me to do, unless I have a really short, bushy tomato plant to start with, but I bury up to an inch or two of stem. And I force myself to be patient and plant them later when it warms up. Too often I have been eager to get them started and been kind of smug that my tomatoes were already in and then they stop growing. True, there is time to replant and sometimes I get lucky, but I've lost many a tomato plant to “damping off� from planting too soon.

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Re: UNKNOWN 26 Oct 2009 - 2:36:00 PM

I try to give my tomatoes a new location each year when I can, or at least quite a bit of new soil, meaning I have to move some dirt around. Since I like to work in plenty of compost, organic fertilizer or quality planting mix anyway, it's not that much more work. I plant several varieties each year because I like to trying new ones and don't want to risk total crop failure.

Re: Re: UNKNOWN 29 Oct 2009 - 12:41:00 PM

There was an article in the paper just the other day promoting growing different old tasty heirloom varieties. Good to see that catching on more widely.

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