NYTimes.com: You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster

This is a sobering article.  All the more reason to re-skill so we know how to germinate our own seeds, or know the person who did.   I especially like his recommendation to buy starter plants that are locally grown.  I tried starting my own tomatoes from seeds and, as you know, had bad results.  But the plants I bought from a local greenhouse have done very well.   It will take some time, but Americans can relearn the skills of home gardening.  I have certainly learned what I will and won’t grow next year.  Just because I grew lots (and lots and lots and lots) of lettuce didn’t mean we would automatically ate more lettuce.  So, next year…..not so much lettuce, definitely no Swiss chard, lots more okra planted sooner, less squash, plant the tomatoes directly in the ground – not pots – and lots more peas.  My few plants didn’t even produce enough for a meal.    So, read this article and let me know what you think.


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