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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 21, 2011 - 1:49 pm

I was over at my Moms (across the street) and she had some tomato seed, BETTER BOY.  So I came home and mixed some vermiculite, peat moss and my good old WORM POOPLaugh .  I got an old roasted chicken container (dome lid), punched some holes for drainage, filled it with my soiless mix and planted my BETTER BOY seeds. I put the container on the waterbed heater mat, dated it and we will see if they come up. Wish me luck.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
Western Kentucky Zone 7a
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February 23, 2011 - 6:05 am

I don't see why they wouldn't sprout unless the seeds are old.  The problems I have with starting tomatoes indoors are damping off and getting too leggy.  I know it's because I am sometimes over-zealous with watering and because I don't use grow lights.  But I still have middling success with my neighbor's heirloom seeds so I refuse to give up.  Our house is too small to rig up a massive indoor gardening center so I have to make do.  When it gets warmer, I can use the barn for starting.

Sheeeesh ~ I usually start my maters around Valentine's Day and have not even done it yet.  Maybe a bit later will be better ~ this weekend for sho'!

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Lark
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February 25, 2011 - 7:52 am

I can't believe it…my tomatoes have sprouted. It has only been 4 days. It has to be the bottom heat that helps speed up germination. Now I have to keep them healthy. I must keep adjusting the light until they can be put in the hoop house.  Update: ***CHECK OUT MY POSTING IN COMPOST FORUM,  'WORM POOP WHOOPS'. ***  Guaranteed to make you laugh!

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 6, 2011 - 4:11 am

Well my second planting of tomato seeds in my 'egg carton' containers have sprouted...this time no WORM POOP, yet.  How long should I wait before planting them in a pot? The egg carton is so shallow. When I do transplant them, I will put worm poop on the bottom of the pot, so seeds hidden in the worm poop don't get light to sprout.Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 23, 2011 - 9:46 am

Well I did transplant the tomato seedlings that were started in egg cartons. My soil mixture was equal parts perlite, peatmoss and compost. I sprinkled about 1/2" of  WORM POOP near the bottom of the pot so the tomato roots get an extra bit of fertilizer and thinking if there are tomato seeds still IN THE worm poop compost they won't get any light because they are covered with about 4" of soil mix RIGHT? Well guess what?  Those DARN tomato seeds are poking through the soil from way down deep.Yell I will no longer put tomatoes in my vegetable scrap bucket which I feed my worms. The worms must NOT to be eating the tomato seeds and when I sift the worm compost (poop) the tomato seeds must go through my 1/4" screen. AGAIN...lessons learned.Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 3, 2011 - 6:09 am

I put one tomato plant in my ROLLING SHELF GREENHOUSE. When in the garage at night the temps may get down to 38 degrees, but during the day when I roll the shelf outside, it really warms up. So I need to check daily to see that the pots do not dry out. If the sun shines it really gets hot in the RSG so I vent it and make sure I water. I will be planting one tomato in the veggie greenhouse this week. I will cover it if the temps are to get below 35 degrees. I know I am pushing the envelope when it comes to planting warm season crops in Wisconsin.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 8, 2011 - 7:28 pm

This is a new experiment, using red plastic as a mulch. I saw this idea in a catalog for $10.99. I found mine at a thrift shop after Valentine's Day, for 50 cents. It is a vinyl tablecloth. In the catalog they said the red is suppose to promote a higher yield. I did perferate the plastic all over.Image Enlarger

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Lark
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July 11, 2011 - 10:34 am

These two tomato plants, one Celebrity and one Roma, have leaf curl. I don't see any bugs or eggs.  I read it might be one of many things: over watering (no), under waterings (gave it the finger in the ground test, moist), too cold (NOT), too hot(could be).  So I decided that the red plastic might be heating up the area too much since we have been in the nineties. I decided to cut out the plastic around the tomato. I did this right before the storm, so they got a good soaking. We will see if they improve. Any suggestions from all of you, would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.[Image Can Not Be Found]

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 3, 2011 - 6:15 pm

I picked my first tomatoes from the Better Boy bush.  Dinner tonight was bacon, lettuce and TOMATO sandwiches.  Finally real tomatoes...that taste like TOMATOES should. YUMMYSmile The bush is now 7 feet tall. Do you think its the worm poop?Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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September 17, 2011 - 11:54 am

Image EnlargerImage EnlargerToday I pruned the branches on my tomato plants that had flowers or just new growth.  I heard you should do this because then the energy will go to the tomatoes that already are a decent size and make them larger.  It is getting too cold here in Wisconsin for the flowers to develope into any good size fruit. I put pvc hooped over these tomatoes and bell peppers so we can throw blankets on them when there is a frost predicted, which we did one night.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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