Last night Ma Nature outdid herself and gave us a beating. Hard frost, on our weather station 21°. I’m not sure that even covered plants will have a chance in that cold.
That’s frost on the cold frame glass. Oh well. We move on and see what happens.
Meanwhile in the nice warm house, I’m getting antsy for something interesting. And I came across this:
My favourite method of pruning tomato seedlings is to pinch the tops when they have three good, strong leaves and a fourth emerging about 3-4 weeks old. Tomato seedlings have alternate leaves one leaf grows out one side of the stem, then another grows out the other side a little further up, and so on. The original seed leaves fall off soon after the true leaves start to grow: don’t count these. When you see the fourth leaf beginning to unfurl on a little stem, snip or pinch it off above the third leaf. What happens?
Nothing seems to happen for about a week, which is good because the plant is growing a stronger stem and roots instead of more leaves. Then you should see more strong growth at the top and sides, which you can pinch or train as you wish…By the time you plant your seedlings, they will be stockier, fuller and healthier than the long, stringy tomatoes that they might have been.
Look out experiment, here I come.
I’ve been growing a few early tomato seedlings to go out soon under a couple of layers of protection. Come here, my pretties. Snip.