Newsletter 8

    Tomatoes is the subject this week.

    My favorite old time varieties are


    and Marglobe. My favorite Cherry is Sweet 100. I like Yellow Pear. I like Patio tomato for containers and small gardens. I like Floramerica and Celebrity as determinate types. Better Boy Jet Star, and Early Girl are also fine varieties for indeterminate varieties.

    Seeding: Take moist potting soil and make a small indentation with a pencil length ways and seed in this groove cover lightly and top lightly with vermiculite. Cover with plastic and place in a 70 degree area. Once they come up put in full sunlight. Brush the plants lightly with a light hair bush each day to help keep them from stretching so much. Transplant from the seedling tray in about three to four weeks to a small pot. Plant in the garden after the last frost free date. Give seedlings as much sun as you can, brush each day with a fine hair brush, and keep evenly moist but not wet.

    If using fluorescent lights use a cool white bulb and let them get a little sunlight from a window each day since they need the red pigment of natural sunlight. I build a small A-frame, hang lights, and buy a space blanket which has aluminum reflecting on the inside to put all the light back on the plants as I drape it over the a-frame and at night let it drop down to help keep them warmer. I keep lights on 24 hours per day.

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