[NAFEX] direct seeding

Betty Mayfield bmayfield at columbia-center.org
Sat Mar 5 12:34:39 EST 2005

To the list,

Several years ago I experimented with direct seeding of tomatoes here in 
western Oregon by using plastic gallon milk jugs as mini-greenhouses. I cut 
out the bottom with a pair of tin snips, punched a hole in the top and 
bottom of the handle and threaded a thin stake through it to anchor it into 
the soil. The screw cap could be removed on a sunny day to prevent 
excessive heat buildup.

Under each jug I planted 2 or 3 seeds, later thinned to the strongest. It 
created enough heat in the spring to make each plant green and bushy. When 
it filled the jug, I replaced the jug with a wire cage wrapped in clear 
plastic until summer weather had arrived.

The plants were vigorous and yielded well. I had tried starting seeds 
indoors and transplanting out at earlier times but lost a lot to damping 
off, and the ones set out never really recovered from transplant shock.

Betty Mayfield

At 03:49 PM 2/20/05 -0800, you wrote:
>Have some of you tried direct seeding of tomatoes, impatiens, etc.?  I read
>years ago that direct seeded plants would catch up with, and overtake,
>indoor-started plants in terms of size, vigor, and production.  Back in my
>zone 7 (ahs heat zone 3-7, Sunset 7) garden I found this to be clearly true
>when I planted identical varieties side by side.  My greenhouse started
>plants were very healthy, but never came close to the eventual size,
>quality, and productivity of plants from direct seeding that took place the
>same day the indoor starts were transplanted into the garden.  I now direct
>seed anything that will germinate fairly quickly.   My first pickings are
>later, but the yield and quality is higher.  What I wonder is whether there
>is a zone limitation to the effect?  Some of you may want to try the same
>side-by-side experiment.
>Stephen Sadler, Ph.D.
>USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8,
>Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate
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