Transplanting Vegetables: Heirloom Tomatoes

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Transplanting specialized vegetables like heirloom tomatoes can require keeping varieties separated as they are prepared for outdoor gardens. Transplant heirloom tomatoes with a professional permaculture gardener in this free video on mass propagation of... View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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At Laughing Dog Farm, heirloom tomatoes are one of the most amazing crops that we grow. We've been thrilled by the heritage, and the flavors, and the histories, in each and every one. In the last 10 years we've trailed over 200 varieties. Of course, now we're only growing about 20. And each and every variety has traits and qualities that we want to hold onto and exploit to the max. So early in the year, I grow my special varieties, each variety, one pot per variety; try to keep them labeled. This is a black brandy wine. Now a lot of people have heard of the brandy wine, but not too many people have grown black brandy wine. It's pointless for me to why it's poetic, about black brandy wine, you're just going to have try it yourself, it's amazing. And you can see, in this one pot, I might have 150 plants, and that's a lot of plants. So what are we going to do with all those valuable plants? Well, we're going to start peeling them away, and finding them homes. Right now I have more than I can work with. So I'm going to take this clump, and tuck it right back in its home for future development, and I'm going to work with this clump. And of those black brandy wines, I want to advance some of these recruits here to a higher level, so we're going to use these six packs, and our freshly mixed compost rich potting soil. Notice that I'm not too worried if two go in the pot, don't go in the cell at once, two is fine, because they can be dealt with later. But the transplant will stimulate their roots, and they will get going, and their growth curve will pick right up, and that's what we want, is at least a few pioneers to lead the charge into the 08 tomato season. There you have it folks, black brandy wine