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Old Yesterday, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Due to a series of unfortunate events, a rodent or two, and poor planning on my part, My garden is in a sorry state.

I want to start version 2.0 soon.

I have some pepper seeds, tomato seeds, and some tomato plants that I want to use suckers from to start new plants. I'm in Zone 8.

Everything I read involves starting seeds indoors in the late winter. Can I start the Tomatoes and Pepper seeds Outside in old flats I have? Or do they need to be indoors? I was thinking under my porch umbrella out of the worst of the NC sun.

Regarding planting the suckers, is it better to start them in a jar of water? Or go right to a pot with sterile soil?
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Old Yesterday, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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You'll be too late for this season, starting seeds now....

as you said, you read to start seeds indoors in late winter...
Just buy some transplants this year and plan to start seeds
indoors next winter.
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Old Yesterday, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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You'll be too late for this season, starting seeds now....

as you said, you read to start seeds indoors in late winter...
Just buy some transplants this year and plan to start seeds
indoors next winter.
Even having until roughly speaking, Halloween before the first frost? Dang.

What about the suckers?
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Old Yesterday, 03:17 PM
 
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Suckers can be done either way. I've just stuck them in dirt and they've been good. If the weather is warm enough to grow tomato seeds, just plant them outside where you're going to grow them, the only reason you start them inside is because of the cold. Maybe you'll get tomatoes by halloween. Starting from suckers is going to be much faster.
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Old Yesterday, 03:36 PM
 
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Even having until roughly speaking, Halloween before the first frost? Dang.
We don't have frost here, so tomato (and pepper) plants will survive all year, but I find they just stop producing by late October. Either the sun angle drops too low, or there aren't enough hours of light, or something. The plants still look okay and I always leave them in a while hoping to get more fruit, but it's a case of severely diminishing returns.
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Old Yesterday, 03:40 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I try and get some plants. You could try to start them. First frost at Halloween in NC?
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Old Yesterday, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I try and get some plants. You could try to start them. First frost at Halloween in NC?
October 27th. So near enough.
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Old Yesterday, 05:10 PM
 
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No harm trying if that's what you've got your heart set on. You might rethink your setup before investing much money on established plants. That said,lots of deep discounts on veggie plants now!
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Old Yesterday, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Growing seedlings from a slice of tomato....youtube.

Regards
Gemstone1
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Old Today, 02:58 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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We don't have frost here, so tomato (and pepper) plants will survive all year, but I find they just stop producing by late October. Either the sun angle drops too low, or there aren't enough hours of light, or something. The plants still look okay and I always leave them in a while hoping to get more fruit, but it's a case of severely diminishing returns.

You need to be careful about eating tomatoes that ripen in the fall. They can develop toxic mold much easier, than during the summer.
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