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beautiful photography John. Mine are a bit leggier. How do I prevent that? Are you burying the seeds deep? You are using light bulbs correct? If so can you post specifics about the bulbs? Thanks,Chau
I will move them outside to home made cold frame boxes at the end of April to harden off before garden planting in mid May sometime.
John did you make the light setup or did they have a light set up at home depot?
i used advice from this page in starting my tomatos and basil: http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/tomato/2005015135020413.html it talks about leggy seedlings and how to avoid. i got seeds for San Marzano 2, San Marzano Redorta, Red Cherry Tomatos and Bolloso Napoletano Basil from https://growitalian.com/Qstore/Qstore.cgi?CMD=009&DEPT=1130608177&BACK=A0001A1 . They're doing well so far after we moved to cups. We'll plant in a couple of weeks.
Would you mind expanding on the cold frame box construction and use?John
That GardenWeb link is a good starting point. I helped write the FAQs about 5-6 years ago, unfortunately the rest of the forum started going downhill after iVillage bought it and loaded the site up with ads & popups that are annoying and even unexpected.Many that take tomatoes more seriously moved on to www.tomatoville.com which is privately funded, has no ads, and is php based I think (similar to this type forum, with notifications, PM's, etc.)For you "techie" guys, be sure to see the Overdriving Shop Lights threads at GardenWeb's Growing Under Lights subforum.To keep your plants short & stocky, grow them in cool conditions (mid 60's) and always keep the fluorescent lights just a few inches above your plants so they don't get leggy.Hope this helps.
JohnMy cold frame is essentially a miniature greenhouse - rectangular in shape made from 2x4’s for the base - 22 1/ 2” wide x 45” long - inside measurements - it can hold 4 standard plastic green house trays. It has a top frame made from 1x2’s that is hinged onto the 2x4 base frame . It has a half round dome, about 11” tall at the center apex, made out of 2”x4” wire mesh attached to the frame, that I got at the hardware store , and the half round end’s are also enclosed with this mesh - all wired together. It is covered with an opaque polyethylene plastic greenhouse covering material. I’m currently modifying it to add a ventilation slot on top to prevent overheating similar to a greenhouse, which has been a problem in past years. I put my indoor grown tomato and flower trays in at the end of April to harden the plants for a week or so before garden planting in May. Hope this helps.
I fed them this morning and I have almost a dozen fruits! Here is my pizza garden, 3 San Marzanos, lime basil and sweet basil.
It's supposed to be sunny friday-monday but it's going to be in the low to mid 60's. Should I take them outside to harden them up for few hours or should I leave them under the lights?
Thanks for that link John. This was a good read. http://gardening.about.com/od/gettingstarted/qt/Hardening_Off.htm. The idea of witholding water didn't sound to attractive. Acclimating the plants to the weather sounds a lot better.
Bummer, last night I picked 30 thumb sized tomatoes and threw them away. I let the pots dry out one day last week and they got end-rot.
A mistake you can make with walls of water is to leave them on too long. The leaves spred out and touch the walls and get cooked. The plant gets stunted also.