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CarolJean
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April 11, 2016 - 1:00 pm

Last week I transplanted 35 tomato seedlings into 4" pots.  This is a lesson learned the hard way.  When I started the seeds in the seed tray they didn't take up much space but moving to 4" pots, I ran out of clear tote space quickly.  I bought 2 more totes, one being a tall one.  I didn't want to spend more on totes this year but it's an investment for future year seedlings.  I'm putting together a list of the actual number of seedlings I need to plant in future years, in hopes I don't go overboard again.  I still plan to start a few extra for my mom and friends but I do not need 35!

I'm so EXCITED for the warmer temperatures coming this week.  The clear totes can go outside, maybe even with the lids off by the end of the week!!

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CarolJean
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April 20, 2017 - 9:38 am

I should have read last years post in February when it seemed spring was just around the corner!!  I started my tomato seedlings on Feb. 22 and planted more than 35.  I had my reasons/justifications but I'm paying for my bad choices.  It's not the tomato plants fault so I'm working hard to treat them well.  BUT I promise to do much better next spring.  I shouldn't start them until later March (for my zone) and I've had to buy so many new grow lights that I can now handle 35 plants (I should aim for less.)IMG_5793-Copy.JPGImage EnlargerIMG_5794-Copy.JPGImage Enlarger

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Lark
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April 21, 2017 - 7:15 am

You are ABSOLUTELY right, Carol Jean.  My tomatoes plants were that big last year.  It was a lot of work for me taking them inside and outside everyday when weather permitted.  And if not I had them in my south windows.  I had to prune them a couple times.  Then I had a white fly problem, so washing them was a chore.

This year my tomato plants are now about 4" high.  And I didn't start as many seeds.  I sure hope I don't regret starting them later. But it sure is easier taking them outside in the CLEAR TOTES and not the big heavy pots.

Your plants look BEAUTIFUL and healthy.  I can understand the expense you had buying more lights.  Good luck my friend and may your harvests be plentiful.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Katie
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April 21, 2017 - 8:36 am

Hey all, in the spirit of sharing here is my seedlings. It's my first year trying. This is a mix of tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and perennials. I put the tomatoes, peppers and herbs outside for the first time today! I was nervous it might be too cold, I can't cover because the tomatoes are too tall, so I'm hoping they all do ok.[Image Can Not Be Found]

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Lark
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April 21, 2017 - 10:56 am

How tall are your tomatoes?  I use CLEAR TOTES for mini green houses.  I bought the tallest tote with a CLEAR TOP that I could find.001.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Katie
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April 22, 2017 - 7:36 am

My healthiest tomatoes are probably about 9-10 inches high. I put them out for the first time yesterday and some of the less healthy plants look pretty rough now, but that's OK. I have about 5 more than I need right now, so if they don't make it, that's fine. I just used the clear totes I have. I was able to add a picture this time 🙂 today I'm going to wait til the morning chill wears off, then put them outside. I don't have a garden yet, so today's task is laying down some cardboard and a tarp to kill off the grass in an area where I'm going to put my veggie garden.

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Katie
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April 22, 2017 - 7:45 am

OK, my attachments don't seem to be uploading, sorry. 

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Katie
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April 22, 2017 - 3:59 pm

Bad news here guys. I think I left my tomatoes and peppers outside too long. Lots of white leaves 🙁  I put them back under the grow light and heat mat to try and perk back up. Hope the whole crop isn't lost 🙁

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Lark
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April 24, 2017 - 5:58 am

So sorry to hear this. Cry Yes, indeed your plants got sunburn and maybe windburn.  Keep us posted with their hopeful recovery. Since I have used the CLEAR TOTES to start my seeds, they are acclimated to the outdoors from the beginning. I would do exactly what you are doing for them.  Plus I would start some new seeds just in case these don't make it.  GOOD LUCK.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Katie
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April 24, 2017 - 10:28 am

I pinched off some of the dead leaves so hopefully they spend most of their energy regrowing new ones. I'm also gonna start a few more new seeds. I think I have another month to work with so that should be fine. Thank you for the well wishes!

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