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Tomatoes withstand transplanting

20130501-185707.jpgFinally got the tomatoes transplanted, although I’ll admit, it was harder than I thought it would be. I guess it’s a good thing I had 27 plants to work with, because by the time I got done, I only really had about a dozen good ones left.

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Greenhouse tomatoes give me edge over snowy spring blues

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It’s been 10 weeks since I planted the tomato seeds, and if all goes well, I think I’ll have to repot into individual pails in the next week or so. This weekend, I bought three more 5-gallon pails to make the six I have planned on all along. There clearly are a number of tomatoes that doing much better than others, but it’s still going to be hard to choose the plants that make the final cut. Continue reading

Tomatoes growing like crazy

20130402-175452.jpgJust a quick midweek post to show off the tomatoes’ progress. I can’t believe how much they grow – seems like every day they’re bigger. Gotta admit though, I keep waiting for the day I go into the greenhouse and find them withered and brown instead of robust and beautiful. Continue reading

Green is the color of Valentine’s Day for me

Lettuce and tomatoes are up. Life is good!


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Tomatoes sprouted — one step closer to good winter salad

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One week into my venture to grow indoor tomatoes, seeds have sprouted in all nine of my pots. The first seeds actually poked up two days ago. I had been watching the pots all week, although truthfully, I didn’t think germination would take place until closer to the end of the seven- to 10-day time frame stated on most of the seed packets. So, when I got home from work Friday, I was pleasantly surprised. About a half-dozen of the Super Sweet 100s were anywhere from a quarter-inch to about an inch tall, most with cute little green leaves that look decidedly spring-like. You should have seen the smile that erupted on my face! Continue reading

Tomato seeds planted, greenhouse arrives

I planted five varieties of tomato seeds for my attempt at growing indoor tomatoes.

I planted five varieties of tomato seeds for my attempt at growing indoor tomatoes.

The indoor tomato-growing journey has officially begun — I planted seeds for five different varieties today.

Four of the five varieties I have never tried before so it should be interesting. All are cherry tomatoes, the thinking being that what I’m most looking for are tomatoes for salads. And cherries fit that bill.

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I just can’t take store-bought tomatoes anymore!

I’ve decided to take the leap. I’m going to try to grow tomatoes in my basement.

I’ve been in the usual tomato funk that I’m guessing many others get into this time of year. Store-bought tomatoes just aren’t cutting it. I still like to take a salad for lunch to work most days of the week, but they just don’t compare to my salads of the summer, made from my own garden-grown lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Cool greenhouse

Could this greenhouse be the answer to tomatoes that taste like soggy cardboard?

One week, the store-bought cherries will be passable, the next week it’s like I’m chewing soggy cardboard. And the frustrating part is that you can’t tell by looking at them how good — or bad — they’ll taste.

Truth is, I’ve been thinking about trying to grow tomatoes indoors for quite a few years. But a fellow blogger suggested it again recently and it got me to thinking. Why not give it a try? What have I got to lose? If they don’t grow or taste really bad, I’ve still got the store-bought ones to fall back on, right?

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