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What is a determinate tomato

Asked by: Pole
"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
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-21

What direction should you plan your rows? east/west or north/south

Asked by: Pat1
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
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-21

I am trying to germinate indoor seedlings. The question is, how long do I leave the plastic cover on the tray after germination?

Asked by: Bernie77
I think it is best to remove the plastic humidity cover as soon as the seedlings start coming up. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-21

How do I sanatize used seed cells

Asked by: Sharon Hudson
I put mine in my dishwasher. Or you could soak them briefly in a dilute Clorox solution followed by thorough rinsing. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-21

tried to grow butter lettuce last year but started to get little white worms what can I do to keep this from happening again that will be safe?

Asked by: Novicegardener
Lettuces are closely related to dandelions, and in your Zone 7 location, they can be effectively grown all winter, (but with some temporary protection when temperatures drop below 20F). I recommend planting your lettuce in late October or thereabouts, and harvesting in February-March. The little white worms will find it too cold to attack your lettuce at these times. Good Luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-21

Last year I had two colonies of fire ants that I struggled with in my vegetable garden. Is Tansy compatible with vegetables? If so, are there vegetables it is not compatible with? Which Tansy should I use, the yellow button type or the Blue?

Asked by: Ms Myrna
I meant exactly what I typed. I was referring to TANSY - a flowering herb that repels ants. Not Pansies. I'm disappointed my question was not answered. I'm hoping someone knowledgeable about Tansy and vegetables will respond.
Answered by: Ms Myrna
Date published: 2018-02-18

How close should a grow light be to seedings

Asked by: Deww
The recommended distance is 1 and 1/2 to 2 inches above the leaf tops. I prop my seedling trays up underneath with bricks or blocks of wood, and then remove a layer or tier periodically as the plants grow taller. Alternatively, you could jack the light fixture up and down instead. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-15

i need a low growing, shade tolorant (almost full shade) for the front of my home, near the foundation. Preferrably an evergreen. I thought a miniture boxwood would work, but they need part sun. Ideas ?

Asked by: GMJo
I would probably try Japanese Holly, which tolerates nearly full shade pretty well, and the leaves and growth habit is nearly identical to miniature boxwood. Good luck
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-02-15
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