Hardening off tomatoes

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Hardening off tomatoes
Hi All, Trying to get my tomato seedlings hardened off. It is going to be warm but very windy tomorrow. I'm sure I'm the last person to think of this idea. I put my 'maters in an empty EarthBox. Keeps the wind down and rolls around! Thoughts? Beth
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I am in Massachusetts just

I am in Massachusetts just outside of Boston.

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I'm in southern Maryland,

I'm in southern Maryland, zone 7B.  Our heat is on again, too. Our last frost is quoted as April 30.  Never can tell.  Last year was a really cold April.  Couple years ago it was really warm. One year it rained 30/31 days in May.  I plant out my tomatoes first week of May, peppers after that.  Where are you located?

 

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Not familiar with the

Not familiar with the varieties, but they sound great!I always wanted to grow a purple, but I was afraid of not knowing when they are ripe for the pickin' !

Believe it or not we have the heat on inside . Yesterday a frost was expected, so I brought the plants in(flowers). The poor things outside were blowing madly in the strong winds! I just put them back out there and there they will remain.

My toms , beans,peppers and other flowers on the sunporch are now back in the grow room until tomorrow.

All that stuff is heavy to tote around.

I am in Zone 6B...what is your hardy zone, Beth?

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Hi All,

Hi All,

 

  Our windy weather lasts for days! I usually put them inside the basement door.  I really want them to get more sun exposure.  This is working great for these size plants!  My varieties are Cherokee Purple, Razzleberry (from Parks - no longer offered in their catalog!), Marianna's Peace, Tomatoberry cherry, Black Cherry and a couple other varieties I'm starting for friends.  

 

I use MG potting mix in my EB's.  It is usually on sale around this time.  For me, it compacts down too much over winter to reuse.  I repurpose the old potting mix to fill holes in the back yard.....

 

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Great idea. But I also am a

 

I try to shelter mine from the heavy breeze  by bringing them into the grow room. Could you just bring the trays inside a hall for just the duration of the windy weather?I would bring them in.

Great idea. But I also am a keeper. I use the ProMix BX and this is the 3rd year now for those same bales. They are just too heavy .But it is a 'clean' grow medium once the roots etc are removed before winter.I highly recommend if you have about $50, but it is worth it.

Do you recall the types of tomatoes you are planting , and have you ever tasted them? I am always on the lookout for a sweet tom,Beth?

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Smart, Beth! If you have a

yes Smart, Beth! If you have a clear hard plastic top, like for your under-bed clear storage tupperware, you could maybe put that over the top for extra wind protection. I put flexible plastic over my spinach in a high wind a week or so ago, and several got bludgeoned to death by the flapping.

I re-use (most of) the potting mix next year, so my Growboxes are never empty. You dump the Earthboxes every year?

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