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Is It Time to Plant the Tomato Seeds Yet?

by Bobby Blair
January 6, 2019

Like the nectar drawing a honeybee, those seed catalogs arriving in your mailbox are the start of the gardening season for who love to watch things grow. In this day of the internet, comparison shopping for seeds is a must if your looking to save a few bucks. Don't forget to compare the charges for handling & mailing costs which sometimes amount to more than your seed order alone.

Above: Fruits and vegetables on display at Out Post Farm.

We are fortunate in Holliston where residents can purchase locally grown produce. Upswing Farm on the Holliston Ashland line, Out Post on Prentice Street, Arcadian on Norfolk Street and MacArthur's on Concord Street all produce local seasonally grown produce. A number of smaller operations around town provide honey, goats milk, manure, and soap.

If your a backyard gardener, or would like to begin, the town's Agricultural Commission can be of help. The commission provides garden plots at the golf course for those lacking space or sun. There is also the town's Friends of the Community Farm & the Community Farm Advisory Committee which work in conjunction for the betterment of the farm located at 34 Rogers Road. Their Facebook site can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/HollistonCommunityFarm/ The Holliston Garden Club: https://hollistongardenclub.org/ is very active in town for those with a green thumb and Holliston in Bloom:  https://www.hollistoninbloom.org/events.html is always looking for new members.

Now about those tomato seeds. If you can't wait, sure plant them, but chances are they'll be quite leggy by the time you wish to sow them in the ground. I wait at least until St. Patrick's Day or a little later to plant mine. A south facing window or grow light helps, along with bottom heat, such as a heat mat or radiator (make sure it's not too hot) should do the trick. Cold weather crops such as cabbage, broccoli, and lettuce can be started in this time frame also and set out when the plants are three inches high and the soil is workable. If this is your first year planting a garden, make sure your plot is fenced in. A 6' or higher barricade to keep deer out is suggested. Those with tulips know what I'm talking about. Make sure to bury the fence in the ground to keep those pesky woodchucks out.

Upcoming events for green thumbers:  Holliston Agricultural Commission meets on Jan. 8th, Rm. 105 at town hall. Stop in and introduce yourselves. Several new members needed.

Holliston Healthy Homes presents a talk about the effects of the herbicide glyphophosate on our health. Jan. 10th at the Fire Station, 2nd floor. Parking in the municipal lot.

Holliston Garden Club present a "Vegetable Gardening Talk" by Brittany Overshiner, March 5th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm -- unknown location.

 

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My two cents: years of experience have taught us that we can grow potatoes, rhubarb, and garlic successfully here, with no need for fences. Evidently the plant tops are distasteful to deer and woodchucks. Trying leeks this year.

- Dave Bastille | 1/7/19 8:26 AM

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