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Old March 9, 2018   #1
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Let me see if I can post picture , using my phone.
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BYW i sowed the seeds on Feb 1st.
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Old March 10, 2018   #2
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Nice & healthy looking.
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Very nice seedlings. I had 3 tomatoes seeds germinate a few days ago. 2 maglia Rosa, and 1 Cherry Roma.
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Old March 11, 2018   #4
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The downside of participating in the MMMM: too many varieties, no self control.
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All I have is store bought seedlings.
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All I have is store bought seedlings.
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thats okay Worth. store bought is fine. the advantage to store bought is you only have as many as you need. the disadvantage is having only what they grow. nor did you have to babysit the seedlings for weeks on end until it was garden time. If I didn't have a greenhouse... nah, I would grow mine.
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thats okay Worth. store bought is fine. the advantage to store bought is you only have as many as you need. the disadvantage is having only what they grow. nor did you have to babysit the seedlings for weeks on end until it was garden time. If I didn't have a greenhouse... nah, I would grow mine.
If it weren't for HEB selling what I want I would grow my own like I used to.
They dont have everything but they have more or less what I can live with.
That and the fact they aren't Bonnie plants.
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Here are a few.
Mortgage Lifter and ghost pepper.
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they look like nice plants. I don't like mortgage lifter and I wouldn't buy them but if I did and they looked that nice... why waste my time starting them. I say this all the time... why do a mediocre job on something... waste your time and be unhappy with the outcome when you could have paid someone to do it well, spent your time doing something else you do well or enjoy doing and being happy with the end product. logic to me.
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I like others better but it was so productive last year I am doing it again.
I haven't bought a fresh tomato since last years plants
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I get it, but I start practically everything from seed. It gives me much more choice, much more flexibility, and much more control over, say, leaf development versus root development. When I plant out, the leaves on my tomatoes are much less developed than those at Lowes, but the root balls are larger and more developed. Which is what I want.
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I get it, but I start practically everything from seed. It gives me much more choice, much more flexibility, and much more control over, say, leaf development versus root development. When I plant out, the leaves on my tomatoes are much less developed than those at Lowes, but the root balls are larger and more developed. Which is what I want.
They aren't from Big Box and I simply dont have the time or the date gets way from me to start seeds.
The other is I have no control and will end up planting a pile of stuff.
Then I end up running around trying to find places to put them.
From my point of view it is like kids.
I could raise one child but would not be able to take care of ten the way they should be.

I have so many things going on that I dont even mention them here.

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I hear ya, Worth. The bulk of my production comes from the hybrid Big Boys, Early Girls, and Big Beef that I buy from my local grocery store. At about $1.25 per 3-pack, it makes no sense (to me) to grow those from seed. I rotate in about 3 or 4 heirloom varieties every year that I do grow from seed. This year, they are Chapman, Delicious, and thanks to the generosity of a new friend here at TV, Sioux, Bradley, and Cleota Pink.

I grow most of my peppers from seed simply because I can't find seedlings of what I want around heah...

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In my case I could not find the 23 varieties that I am growing in store. Maybe one or two of them.
That is why I start from seed. Plus my seedlings wont come with disease. The other thing is cost. Bonni plant cost $4 each. So my 35 plants would cost me $140.
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I grow from seed now because I do not have much ground in the sun, so do a lot of container gardening with a handful in the ground, so I can carefully choose my heirloom types. But lets be real... I grow from seed because I get spring fever in February and cannot stand it anymore by the beginning of March. Our last frost date is in May so I have to do something to keep from losing my mind at the end of winter. I supply heirloom seedlings to a few friends too, with a hybrid thrown in here or there.
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