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ATP Podcast #101: Talking Tomatoes, Part 1

By dave
March 23, 2016

It's that time of year again when our thoughts turn to vegetables gardening, and the first thing we think about in that category of gardening is tomatoes. In this episode, we discuss selecting tomato varieties, site prep, hardening off transplants, and much more.

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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Mar 26, 2016 9:03 AM CST
I have a couple of questions for Trish and Dave. Do you guys use heat mats when germinating your seeds and how long do you keep them on? Do you turn the heat off as soon as the seeds sprout?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Mar 26, 2016 9:56 AM CST Admin

We always use heat mats for pepper seeds. It makes a huge difference in speeding up the germination. We don't always use heat mats for tomato seeds, mostly because the heat mats are all in use for the peppers! Hilarious! They would definitely be helpful, though.

As soon as they germinate, I would immediately remove them from the heat mats.

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