Originally Posted by rayinpenn
I planted a half dozen or so Sungold tomato seeds under some lights. They are going to grow there for the next six weeks. Then I'll move them to my unheated green house. Typical last frost date here is 4/15, seeds should be sowed six weeks earlier for transplanting that gets me to 3/1. But the green house gets me two weeks.
I remember some really nasty early April weather so I plan on 'tenting' the tomatoes with plastic and have a 100 watt incandescent bulb under the plastic. Yeah it's on a GFI circuit. I've read as long as the tomatoes stay above 45 degrees at night I'll be fine.
I think of it as my early tomato experiment ... I just love those sun golds....
Plus tomatoes = wonderful warm weather...
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Haven't tried the sewing seeds route yet. No room for grow light without clearing out a room. But tried my hand for the first time last year of growing tomatoes, some zucchini and eggplant in containers. I am in one of the worst growing parts of the country with temperatures in the summer reaching over 115 degrees. Not exactly vegetable friendly, but I did get some tomatoes and a few eggplants and one zucchini.
Going to try again in about 30 days with Earthboxes and see if I do any better. Very few people here have had any success with containers here in the hot desert. But it was fun trying. What I spent putting everything together rendered some pretty nice $80 tomatoes.
Could have bought a half a ton of organic rare heirloom tomatoes from Whole Foods store with a whole grass fed steer thrown in, for what I spent on my garden.