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May 10, 2013


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What? Tomato babies? What? You seed them in situ, or they come up from last year, and you have multiple generations together? But, do you cut up potatoes before you plant them? (Doing a survey.)

Grace Peterson

Yes, it is always about tomorrow. And the older I get, the more I'm trying to enjoy today and quit that, "if only" mantra.

Your tomatoes will be so delicious. We're several months away from them here but the plants are showing good growth.


Linnie, each year I go to the Sunshine Community Garden plant sale on, yes, Sunshine Street. They have transplants that are all of 5" tall. Adorable! I bought quite the array this year. In Austin you need to plant tomato transplants in March. So yes, we do have a very long tomato growing season (if the sun doesn't fry your green tomatoes in August and September, that is).

And what on earth would ever possess an individual to sink an entire potato in the ground when you can cut up the thing for more sprouts? Have you been getting into fermented juniper berries again? I cut my potatoes so I have at least few eyes in each piece and then plant the pieces. You?


Oh 'berta, I totally belong to the cut 'em up school of thought, but then the British readers were all "how do you expect them to grow when you treat them like THAT?" I finally got an Irish testimonial in support of the knife and I rest my case. Aren't fermented juniper berries gin? Rare for me. BTW what's your secret recipe for mint juleps? Ever since F. Scott Fitzgerald's books I've wanted a summer mint julep on the porch... And what's a julep? (I count on you for so much.)


Grace, we have to get our tomatoes in by March! It's early, isn't it. I suspect that is the origin of the popular phrase, "March Madness" - it has nothing whatsoever to do with college basketball. It can get so hot here in the summer that the pollen will get sticky and not produce any fruit. I learned that the hard way. I also got off my "only from seed" high horse and started buying transplants. Wow, what a difference. I am now nearly guaranteed a countertop full of tomatoes in the spring and early summer. I do hope you get gads. I need to learn the secret to successful pepper growing. If you know what it is, please send a little hint. I'd be forever grateful.

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