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Searching for More Tomatoes: Early Girls, 4th of July, and Thessaloniki

Aside from Nebraska Wedding tomatoes, there are two better known varieties in the seedling stage right now, Early Girl and 4th of July.  As their names suggest, our obvious goal is to have ripe tomatoes as early as possible.  But then, we’ve gone far afield for a fourth variety which I tried in my own container
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In Search of Tomatoes: Nebraska Wedding

Newly emerged tomato seedlings are not necessarily a pretty sight, but for the vegetable grower they’re a pleasant one.  When seeds are in the ground, or in this case small peat pots, all you can do for 7 to 14 days is wait for them to emerge.  Once they’ve sent their stem and first two
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Shishito Peppers Don’t Follow Instructions

Remember last summer when the shishito peppers with fried almonds and chevre had an occasional red pepper along with the regular green ones?  That didn’t happen by chance.  Dinette was just starting a tradition by growing its own shishitos to see how they tasted if they were fully ripe.  More days on the plant means more sun
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“Perfect Sunlight”

Oops!  If you haven’t watched Doug Oster’s video on Dinette’s rooftop garden, go back to the Rooftop Garden page and click on Oster’s video. It’s the best starting point for understanding the importance of “perfect sunlight” when starting a vegetable garden.  “Sunlight is sunlight,” you say.  But on a flat rooftop, as opposed to an
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