jwr12


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Re: DIY Heat Mat Speeds Seed Starting

Very interesting! Do you have any sense of how much energy the two kinds of mats use, comparatively? Which one burns watts faster?

Thanks!

Re: Tomatoes: Request for Reader Recommendations

I want to second what Veeta said: I love black tomatoes, in the medium size category. For years, I've been growing 'Black from Tula," a variety available at various places such as Seed Savers. They are a little slower to produce, a little less productive, and a little more susceptible to sun scald than other plants.

But here are the big pluses: they are extremely delicious, are beautiful in the garden and on the plate, and are a perfect tomato to use for fresh entrees, like tomato and basil salads and salsas. They have a rich, buttery, smoky flavor that just can't be beat.

So I always grow a plant or two of them, alongside earlier, heartier varietals. (Although I should say that I haven't had disease problems with black tomatoes, just sun scald).

I live in Illinois.

Re: How to Grow Mache (Corn Salad): Spring's First Green

It's all the rage here in Germany (where I'm living for a year), so I may well be bringing seeds back. I've noticed that they tend to serve collections of whole rosettas here, leaves still connected together, and it almost looks like a miniature bok choi, if that makes sense as an image: deer tongue leaves connected back to lighter stems that fall back into a single root. Great!

I definitely like the idea of planting this as a carpet over harvested beds in the early fall -- but I'm a little worried that, living in Illinois, our occasional hot fall day will cause it all to bolt. We'll see.