Well, the catalogs keep rolling in. Today I got RH Shumway's, Johnny's and Select Seeds, which is a flower catalog, no clue how I got that one. Actually I only bought some trellis netting from Johnny's and nothing from Shumway's, so they'll send catalogs to just about anyone. hehe
Anyway, it seems Patti the Garden Girl has set up a website where she posts her ezine monthly. Right now you can check out last month's edition with my first intro article in it. Soon I expect she'll update her site with this month's ezine. Of course you can always sign up for it, it's an email that comes once a month. No biggie. And she's cool to boot. Gotta love that.
http://www.urbansustainableliving.com/ (If that doesn't take you directly there, click on Patti's Ezine in the green bar under her top graphic.)
Lastly, I think I've found the spot in my house where I can easily set up a rudamentary seed starting system. No, not like my buddy EG's contraption, but a simple shelf system. As a test I moved my second wireless thermometer upstairs into one of my non-heated spare rooms. For grins I left the door open, allowing the heat from the main living area to migrate upstairs. Sure enough, when it's 70 degrees downstairs, it's 60 degrees upstairs. I figure I can keep it between 50 and 60 degrees up there, maybe warmer directly under one or two four-foot shop lights. Having that set-up will go a long way in allowing me to start my tomato plants from seed rather than purchase plants.
That reminds me. I just left a post over on Freedomgardens.org about growing 4 open polintated tomatoes in two SWCs 4 feet apart from each other. That is, 2 plants would be 12 inches from each other and intertwine, while the other two would be 4 feet away between my other two beds. My questions were, would the close proximity inhibit polination, and would it mess up my ability to save true seed for next year?
If any of those answers is you're up a creek, then I would need to make 3 more SWCs and try to issolate them from each other, not easy to do. Tis a conundrum, as Alan Greenspan used to say.
Enjoy your garden.