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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/21/2014, 8:44 am

Morning everyone!  It's the 2nd day of spring and it was 31 with a solid frost this morning at my house.  Sigh...  Glad I didn't put the peas & beans out yesterday!

I looked thru the forum on Jiffy peat pots the other day and got some good info.  I thought it would be a good time to remind people to remove the netting before planting.
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Post  bnoles on 3/21/2014, 9:30 am

Thanks for the reminder Marie as I plan to start using the Jiffy's in the future. It was 35 with a light frost over here on the west side of town.

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Post  Windmere on 3/21/2014, 11:06 am

@bnoles wrote:Thanks for the reminder Marie as I plan to start using the Jiffy's in the future.  It was 35 with a light frost over here on the west side of town.
Maria and bnoles,

Perfect timing for this reminder.  I am transplanting 36 tomato seedlings today (into 3" peat pots).  They've been in their little Jiffy peats too long.  Most have their third or fourth true leaves.  I've got nine varieties going.  If they all do well... what in the world am I going to do with them?? 

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Post  bnoles on 3/21/2014, 12:25 pm

WOW Windmere.... you got a little carried away on those toms for sure. When I end up with an abundance like that, I call the neighbors to see if anyone wants a few, they never last long  Laughing 

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/21/2014, 1:12 pm

Oh, Windmere, lucky you!  I don't have enough space yet for that many.

Dry them, can them...

I cook down tomato sauce to the consistency I like it.  Then measure it out in 2 cups lots into brownie pans lined with parchment paper then dry it.  They dry into nice flat sheets. 

Saves a LOT of room!

Your local food bank would probably appreciate some too...
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Post  yolos on 3/21/2014, 2:41 pm

30 degrees here.  The prediction was for 36 so I did not cover anything last night.  But everything appears to have survived.
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Post  Windmere on 3/21/2014, 3:38 pm

@bnoles wrote:WOW Windmere.... you got a little carried away on those toms for sure.  When I end up with an abundance like that, I call the neighbors to see if anyone wants a few, they never last long  Laughing 
Well, I do have quite a few.  However I most definitely have far too many for the room that I have in my boxes.  My intent is to take one or two of the strongest plants from each variety and give away the rest to the neighbors.
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Too many!!

Post  Windmere on 3/21/2014, 3:41 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:Oh, Windmere, lucky you!  I don't have enough space yet for that many.

Dry them, can them...

I cook down tomato sauce to the consistency I like it.  Then measure it out in 2 cups lots into brownie pans lined with parchment paper then dry it.  They dry into nice flat sheets. 

Saves a LOT of room!

Your local food bank would probably appreciate some too...
AtlantaMarie, if all  plants do well, I will have far too many to plant.  I'm just going to take a few plants  of each variety and give away the rest to the neighbors.

However, even with the amount of plants I keep... I'll need to do something with the fruit.  Drying is a great idea.  We buy dried tomatoes from our farmers market every trip that we make there.  Great idea!
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/21/2014, 3:45 pm

Windmere - do you have a community garden nearby?  They'd probably appreciate some too...
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Hmmm

Post  Windmere on 3/21/2014, 4:09 pm

Unfortunately, our city is not so civic minded as to have a community garden.  However, our extension office by our library has a very small garden used to teach gardeners examples of various planting methods (including SFG).  They might want some.  Thanks yet again for a good idea.  If I have any success, I'll let them know I have some extra plants.
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Post  landarch on 3/21/2014, 10:14 pm

Last year I sold all my extra tomato seedlings to others in my community garden...$2 each...made enough to pay for this year's seeds and then some.  I was much cheaper than local garden centers...and higher quality (healthy green plants, strong stocky stems, re-potted deep with really nice root systems).

I may try to get $1.50 this year...and look for other ways to sell and/or give away extras.  Maybe have a seedling sale after church one Sunday on my tailgate.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/23/2014, 4:05 pm

Note for future - make sure to thoroughly water plants before removing netting!

I had peat moss flying everywhere!   Embarassed
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/23/2014, 4:14 pm

Not to mention that if you don't, the roots will petrify within the dried-out peat moss!
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