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Totally Tomatoes Part 4 – Transplanting, Harding off and Transplanting Again

I’m Too Big for My Britches!
In most cases, your plants will need to be transplanted into larger pots weeks before they can be planted into the garden.  A pot bound plant will stunt and take longer to recover once outside.  (more…)

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Totally Tomatoes Part 3 – Planting Time

It’s finally time!  You’ve chosen the varieties, made the space and have all your supplies on hand.  Plant! (more…)

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It is official, Spring is here! The peepers said so!

Thanks to a few warm raining nights, the native amphibians are on the move to mate.  Although seldom seen during the day, a chorus of male spring peepers can be heard serenading the females as night begins to fall.  My grandmother’s wisdom said the peepers song signals that it’s safe to plant spinach and kale seed directly into the garden.  And if you haven’t planted your peas yet, you can still plant them now.

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Don’t Guess – Test!

Now that you can finally see the soil from under the white stuff – the best investment toward a great garden this year is to have your soil tested.  It may look like ‘dirt’, but it’s the living soil that will provide your flowers, fruits and vegetables with the nutrients they needed to produce an abundant harvest. (more…)

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Tomato Time!

           
It may seem a little late to some gardeners, but we are just starting our tomato seeds here at the office.  It’s not difficult or expensive to start a few seeds inside.  Here’s a few pointers for starting tomatoes: (more…)

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Totally Tomatoes Part 2 Preparing for Germination

On to the germination station! Preparation is the key.
Plan on starting your seeds 5-8 weeks before you can plant them outside.  Count back from your average last frost date to figure the date to start your seeds (For central Connecticut – May 20th or the last full moon in May, whichever is later) .  Tomato seeds need the ‘right’ conditions to germinate and grow inside so preparation is the key. (more…)

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Totally Tomatoes Part 1 – History and How to Choose

The Starting Point – History
With a history dating back centuries, the tomato is still the sunshine of today’s vegetable garden.  Tomatoes are believed to have originated in the Andes region of South America, traveled to Central America and brought to Europe in the 16th century.  These early tomato plants most likely produced small yellow/orange fruit and were believed by many to be poisonous because they belong to the deadly nightshade family.  (more…)

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Spring Equinox arrived at 12:57 this afternoon, but where are the signs?

With 50 degree temps today, I went looking for signs of spring.  We did find some kale that had sprouted from fall planted seed.  And a few over-wintered carrots still under the snow. See previous post.  If you’re needing more color, (more…)

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Spring Has Arrived!

And we found it under the snow in the form of fall seeded Red Russian Kale and Carrots

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Pea Planting Plans

Maybe it’s our need for color after weeks of white snow, or the association with the luck of the green, or that peas love cool temperatures, but somewhere planting peas became a tradition on St Pat’s Day.  For New England, that can be a challenge some years.  There is a certain Mr. Hart that insists on planting his peas on March 17th which I’m sure is just to prove he can have fresh garden peas weeks before me (which he always does).  This year he may be using the hot water trick or an ice auger to put those seeds into the ground here in Connecticut! (more…)

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