Tag: Tomatoes

Let’s Talk About San Marzano Redorta: The World’s Best Canning Tomato

Let’s Talk About San Marzano Redorta: The World’s Best Canning Tomato

This morning I plucked a few early canning tomatoes from the garden. Straddling feral watermelon vines that went berserk while we were at fair last week, I found the first ripe torpedoes of the year tucked down deep beneath the six-foot canopies these parent plants […]

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My Poopsie’s Goulash

I feel like Goulash is one of those things you bring with you when you grow up; tugging it along like a tattered blanket or a teddy bear with one eye and a patch on his leg. Each family has their own variation, and so […]

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Seed Starting 101

How to Start SeedsAs of today there are ten weeks left until the average date of last frost in our area. Of the past three years there was only one where we experienced frost that late in the year — May 10, 2010 — and it was just one night. Otherwise, recent history says we’re probably looking at more like six to eight weeks of night time temperatures below freezing. (Last frost in 2011 and 2012 were on April 18th and 29th, respectively.) The Climate Prediction Center appears to agree. And, as you’ve probably figured out by now, I can’t wait!

In fact, I’m just straight up ignoring the forecast that says our daytime highs will be in the 20s next weekend. If I ignore it, it’ll go away, right?

This past weekend I broke out the seed starting supplies and got to work on this year’s plans. Since we’re not offering a CSA this year and I’ve promised to do everything I can to help you with your own vegetable garden success, I thought I’d put together a post on the seed starting process.

Now, to be fair, if you’re looking for the single most frugal or DIY way to do this, I’m probably not your gal. I’ve been around the garden block enough times and have dealt with enough preventable gardening disasters to have a thorough appreciation for the value of a few good products, and I’m generally willing to make an investment early in the season in order to glean a worthwhile crop later. I’m also busy, which means in some cases convenience is worth a few extra nickels off the top. I’ll try to note instances where less expensive, though more time consuming options may exist so you can decide for yourself. Ready? (more…)

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