Re: [tomato] seedling transplant

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 04 Mar 1999 08:40:45 -0700

At 06:45 PM 3/3/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Again, starting from seeds in a 200 day growing (I beleieve you
>said you were in the southern part of the US.) is highly feasable.
>However if you are the Candian border looking at 8 inches of ice
>on your garden, shovel snow as late as May 10 and as early as
>Oct 1, Then that system won't work, My tomatoes that start on
>my compost pile get up to 18in high, have 2 green tomatoes about
>1 to 1 1/2 dia by the time the first frost gets them about Sept 10th.
>   Kay Lancaster and 30 other garden book writers base their writings
>and "Wisdom" based only on their own mircoclim.
>   Just as an example, In one book the Author claimed she started here
>early outdoor seeds on Feb 20th, The Year I bought the book I was looking
>100 inches of snow then.  I feel that garden books should remain in their
>growing Zones, Not one that I have read take into the fact that there
>are other growing zones and things that work in Texas don't work
>in North Dakota or New Hampshire. And things that work in Hot and Dry
>don't work in Hot and Humid. There is not one "EXPERT" out there 
>that takes all factors into consideration.
>   This is why when "Old Sages" post about growing in Texas, I try
>to give the newbie that those ideas might not work in a more northern
>or more humid growing areas. 
>   In my 50 years of gardening, I have found that not 1 item works
>100% of the time all the time in 100% of the situations. And the best
>answers is by experimenting in your own garden in your own mircoclim
>and keeping excellent records of what you have done.
Byron, I agree that conditions differ, but I am not in the southern U.S.  I
live in southwestern Idaho (that is north of California, bordering
Washington and Oregon on the West, and abutting Canada on the north).  Kay
Lancaster lived in Iowa when she tried the direct-seeding experiment.  It
takes transplants a surprising amount of time to adjust to transplanting.
That was my main point.  Margaret