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February 23, 2009

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Christina Beckett

Thank you so much for your advice. I have since taken the cover off the greenhouse, and added a fan during the day. I live in Missouri and cannot put them outside right now. We are having some really bad wind this season and I am afraid it is too much for them. I have also added a light. They are looking better so far, and I plan to transplant them into deeper pots later today. Thanks again :)

Love Apple Farm

Christina: Your tomatoes aren't doing well because they don't have enough light nor do they have proper air flow. They need natural or proper artificial light, and either natural air flow by being outside during the day or an artificial air blowing on them such as a fan (an open window won't push enough air for them). That's why they're spindly and too long: air flow and light.

Christina Beckett

I have a small closet size green house in my kitchen. It's the kind with the zip up door. It's not very big but does the job for our small family. This is only my second year starting seeds indoors, and I am afraid my tomato plants arn't what they should be. They are about 3 to 4 inches tall and skinny. They are not thick stalked, and blow around very easy. Is this normal? Thanks for your help.

Julia

Interesting reading thanks for the post!

DIXIE DAVISON

WE JUST FOUND YOUR ARTICLE IN THE SAN JOSE MERCURY LAST FALL AND ARE ANXIOUS TO COME TO YOUR PLACE THIS MARCH AND GET SOME TOMATO PLANTS, WE HAVE GOTTEN SOME AT OTHER PLACES THAT HAD TO BE SHIPPED TO US BUT SINCE YOUR SO CLOSE WE FELT IT WAS BEST TO BUY FORM OUR LOCALS. THANKS

Jodi Avery

Cynthia, Results from our tomato class on 21FEB: 43 of 48 cells have germinated. I have them on a heat mat setting ~78F in an unheated greenhouse with a fan (Gilroy). They are so happy, so far. We ck. on them several times a day. I planted different varieties in each cell. I drew a schematic and noted germ.dates. Will send photos when 2nd set of true leaves arrive! Thanks again.

Melanie

Cynthia,

Here in Ontario we're still FREEZING, and it'll be another 2-3 weeks before we even plant tomato seeds, let alone set-out seedlings! Thanks for the little dose of tomato-love to get me through a cold late-winter day!

Melanie

frank

Cynthia,

You're an inspiration!! I have a new strain of tomato, is it ok if I honor you with bestowing your name on it somehow?

Frank

Jen Conley

Your farm is so inspiring! I've been reading over many of your late winter posts for information as your spring is about a month ahead of ours here in Corvallis, Oregon. I'm ready to start seeds inside this week and was wondering what you use as your seed starting mix and if you use a different mix when you prick out?

Love Apple Farm

John: No, it won't hurt to plant the different varieties next to each other, but you do want to maintain proper spacing. I plant mine three feet apart, so each one gets about nine square feet of space for it to grow into. If you're new to growing, you might want to read my "How to Grow Better Tomatoes" page that you can access through the right hand column on this page. Follow those instructions precisely, and you should have a banner year.

John Hinton

I have a question about planting tomatoes. I'm a novice gardener and don't know about this. Can I plant several varieties of tomatoes in the same patch? I'm planting everything from Kentucky Beefsteak to White Queen's, to Chocolate Cherry. Is this okay to do or could I harm the variety by having it next to another variety?

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