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What is the difference between organic seeds and heirloom seeds? Will one store longer than the other? Is heirloom also organic ? Does one produce better than the other?
"Heirloom" means the seeds will produce plants that if you collect seeds from the fruit or allow the plant to go to seed the seeds will produce plants similar to the parent plants. "Organic" means that it was produced without synthetic fertilizers or anything like that. An organic can be a hybrid heirloom can not. If you intend to save seeds you should probably go with heirloom or "open pollinated" seeds. If you use seeds that are not heirloom/open pollinated you may get a plant completely different from the parent plant. I hope that helps.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Texas sun gets blazing hot in the summer. Do I need to provide shade for my container vegetables in the heat of the day to prevent sun scald? If so, what material should I use?
I lived and gardened in San Antonio, TX for 3 years when I was active duty military. You will get best results by growing your plants against an East facing wall of your house, or a West facing 6 foot privacy fence. In either case, your plants will be in shade during the blistering afternoon sun. The majority of effective photosynthesis does occur mostly in the morning sun, no matter where they are planted, so your plants will do just fine in afternoon shade. Good luck.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Will cherry tomatoes grow in containers and produce with about 2 hours of morning sunlight but a lot of heat during the day.?
Cherry tomatoes will grow better than any other tomatoes in limited light. However, the less light, the poorer will be the result. Tomatoes really do best in full sun. I think I would try to rig up some spotlights to shine directly on my tomatoes during times of no direct sunlight. Good luck.
Date published: 2018-02-27
What US growing zone is most like the growing zone in Cebu, Philippines?
That would be zones 10 or 11. Good luck.
Date published: 2018-02-24
What is a determinate tomato
"Determinate" tomatoes are all descended from, and thus contain, a mutation that was discovered and then treasured and propagated from the 1960's. Basically it means that a given tomato stem or branch on your plant will grow for a distance and then "self terminate", i.e. truncate its ability to continue to grow any longer, and instead end itself in a flower cluster. This is unlike wild-type indeterminate tomatoes, which have branches that will grow essentially forever in their forward direction, never terminating. Therefore, determinate tomatoes will grow into a civilized neat bush-like compact habit, while indeterminate tomatoes are real vines that will grow and grow and grow, often becoming unruly and difficult to contain within acceptable boundaries. Thus, determinate tomatoes are best suited fro smaller spaces and containers. Burpee has a good video on this topic on this website. Good luck
Date published: 2018-03-06
What direction should you plan your rows? east/west or north/south
Placing your rows in a North-South orientation is best and will maximize sunlight and prevent or lessen unwanted shading from your taller plants onto your shorter plants. Good luck
Date published: 2018-03-06
I am trying to germinate indoor seedlings. The question is, how long do I leave the plastic cover on the tray after germination?
I think it is best to remove the plastic humidity cover as soon as the seedlings start coming up. Good luck.
Date published: 2018-02-23
How do I sanatize used seed cells
I put mine in my dishwasher. Or you could soak them briefly in a dilute Clorox solution followed by thorough rinsing. Good luck.
Date published: 2018-02-21