This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

tomato seedlings

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I planted a few tomatoes very early (February 21) and transplanted them and some peppers to bigger pots yesterday. The 16 varieties planted last weekend have all sprouted.

My tomato varieties this year are: Hillbilly, Purple Calabash, Brandywine, Giant Belgium, Cherokee Purple, Sudduth's strain Brandywine, Opalka, Box Car Willie, San Marzano, Oxheart Red, New Girl, Early Girl, Orange Blossom, Big Beef, Pink Beauty and Sungold.

tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)



Blogger TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

But WHICH 16 kinds?

April 02, 2009 11:42 PM

Blogger Laura said...

I planted Roma, Juliet(grape), and Early Girl back on March 20. They are just now ready for transplanting to a larger pot.

April 03, 2009 11:08 AM

Blogger Dennis said...

I love this time of year!

April 03, 2009 11:37 AM

Blogger Kim said...

I love your large orange packs. Did you buy?

April 03, 2009 9:15 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The packs were full of pansies when I bought them. Wish I had a few more big packs, but only have two. I have more peppers I'll need to transplant soon.

Too bad its hard to find different sizes of multi cell trays around.

April 03, 2009 10:55 PM

Anonymous Laminated Garden Guides said...

Great looking tomato seedlings!Looks like there is going to be plenty of tomatoes in your garden this year!

April 04, 2009 2:01 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Teresa, I just added a list of my varieties.

April 06, 2009 12:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Kathy,
I live out in Marlborough, your blog has been great, really helps me with timing.

One question - How many hours per day do you have the lights on over your plants? I have a similar set up in my sun room, and only do about 5 hours a day to supplement the natural sunlight, but your plants look further along than mine

April 06, 2009 4:59 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Maybe I just planted earlier?

My plants lights are on about 9 am to 9 pm. The bulbs are about 2 inches from the leaves. Even so my seedlings are a bit leggy. The shorter the plants the better. If yours are getting more sunlight than mine, they may have just as many leaves but be stockier, which is better.

April 06, 2009 8:07 PM

Blogger Tanya said...

I am starting seeds indoors for the first time. When do you fertilize and what with? You have given me the inspiration to grow lots more seeds in the future!

April 08, 2009 11:40 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I use potting soil with 3 mo fertilizer already in it so I don;t fertilize the seedlings.

April 08, 2009 1:24 PM


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