Tomato transplants

Today, Feb. 23, I’m transplanting tomatoes from  1.5-inch cells into deep 4-inch pots, and found that the roots are alreading climbing down out of those little cells. The babies are 5 inches long, root tip to leaves, after only 3 weeks in the cells. Wow! And what a tomato fragrance I can smell already. Now, into the compost mix they go, with a shot of fish emulsion (2-4-1), back under the lights and wait for spring. What a heady moment!  (I hold the plant with one hand and fill the pot with the other. Elemental, I know. And they all say you must wait for true leaves to appear. Nah, say I.)

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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