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February 15, 2009


When I was young my mom always had a race to get the earliest tomato. We lived in zone 5. One year she had one May 15th. The next year all the water froze in her wall-o-waters and killed the plants. She also grows tomatoes and keep for a long time, so she can be eating fresh tomatoes from the pantry at New Year's.

I may give this a shot this year. I have a cold frame that can move from one raised bed to another. I think I could plant them inside there much earlier in the spring. If I used some early girl tomatoes, maybe I could get tomatoes in May.

Hey Marc! this is going to be interesting because I planted a few varieties of tomatoes in identical modules on February 14th. I also planted sub arctic plenty! Let's see who gets there first?

Hi, I will be joining you for your challenge of having early tomatoes. I am starting siletz and seeing how things go, I'd be happy to have tomatoes by the first week of June.

Best of luck with your crop!

what fun! My neighbor used to do this, then rub it in to us without tomatoes.:) I know my roses have to be cut back on Valentine's day-which hasn't happened yet! Keep us up to date on your experiment:)

Teri H

Try gowing Burpess Delicious - I had greta crop of these last season and they are the tastiest tomato Ive grown so far. http://www.practicalhomeandgarden.com/growing-tomatoes

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