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First tomato plant in the garden

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by The Mama Chicken, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Mar 7, 2012
    The Mama Chicken

    The Mama Chicken Attractive To Bees

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    So, today I couldn't resist, I took one of my cherry tomato seedlings that I have been hardening off and planted it in the big bed closest to the house. It's still at least a week before my average last freeze day but the 10 day forecast looks good (highs in the 70's and lows in the 50's) and I have it under a 3 liter bottle to act as a tiny greenhouse. If it works I'll have cherry tomatoes in mid May, and if it doesn't all I've lost is one seedling.

    In the plastic bottle "hot cap"
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    Looking down through the opening
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    HunkieDorie23

    HunkieDorie23 Deeply Rooted

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    Mid May.... sounds good, I'll be down. My cherries are about 1 1/2" tall.
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    lesa

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    Excellent! An experiment that is well worth it! Happy Gardening!
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    digitS'

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    A very happy

    tomato plant.

    :)

    Steve
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    silkiechicken

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    Lucky you! I have not even started my seedlings for this year. That's sure a healthy looking plant!
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    trunkman

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    We're keeping our fingers crossed for ya, we're just chomping at the bit at our end, like you we can't wait!! :fl
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    The Mama Chicken

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    I switched the bottle out for a clear one, I just wasn't sure that the green bottle was a good idea. It's still happy and cozy. Temp is supposed to drop into the low 40's tonight, so I will go out and toss a blanket over the whole thing in a bit to keep it a little warmer.
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    r4eboxer

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    Super Idea! :thumbsup I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see how it goes. I'm in z6 so I might steal the idea if it works for you. I am also chomping at the bit to get my stuff in the garden.
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    nachoqtpie

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    I'm in zone 8a as well... Tho all of my big tomato plants didn't make it thru the "night of the leaving outside" incident. I did start some new ones, which have all sprouted. Only one has true leaves tho! *sniffle* Can't believe I lost all that work! *sigh* It's been SO nice here, that I've been leaving them outside for the majority of the time. TECHNICALLY they can go outside in like 4 days... LOL I think I will keep them in their large container until they get a couple sets of true leaves and then I will think about getting them into the garden. I'll be letting them do most of their growing outside from now on I think tho.
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    The Mama Chicken

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    Oh, so sad. I had a strong wind come up and beat up my beefsteak seedlings that were being hardened off, I may loose a couple but I think most will make it. Last year I set my tray of 30 seedlings on the picnic table so I could get my phone before I went to plant them, when I came back out they were nothing but little green stumps. The chickens thought they looked yummy. I cried, I couldn't believe that 8 weeks of work was gone in less than 2 minutes.

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