tomato decision time


As it turns out, There’s only one hybrid tomato I’ll be growing next year; Jet Star. Horrible name. Not even in the same ballpark as Druzba or Moskvitch or Mortgage Lifter. But a good tomato that bears cooler temperatures for earlier planting.

My strategy for tomatoes is probably as unique as yours. We all have our quirks. I plant two or three homegrown seedlings out earlier than I should, well before our last frost date. The objective is to get as long a tomato season as I can, not to impress anyone.

The early seedlings are slightly quicker-maturing varieties that have served me well; Moskvitch (heirloom) and Jet Star (hybrid). I start them two weeks earlier than my other tomato seedlings.

What makes it work (usually) is protection; double protection. I tuck the early babies under two layers. A covered wall-o-water and a hoop house. That provides maybe 10-15 degrees of…

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