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  1. #1
    Was wondering if Cornucopia seeds are well worth the time

    I bought a Super Sweet 100 Hybrid and a Beefsteak...It doesn't say organic or not but on the back it says " Not treated or genetically modified" Is that organic?

    Also I was wondering what starter soil I should get

    Heard good from these: Jiffy Mix, Pro-Mix, and Peter's Potting Soil. All soilless. Interested in Pro-Mix...Can't find any nurseries selling that though (San Jose, California 95148)

    If I order online 16quarts- 3cu ....how much would shipping be? Alot?

    Thanks

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    I'm not sure what you mean by Cornucopia seeds.* Do you mean the site?* They're in Australia.
    http://www.cornucopiaseeds.com.au/

    You can use this site to check references for mail order nurseries.* You can search by plant material and/or state for what is near you.
    http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/

    If the seeds aren't labeled 'organically grown' then they aren't.* You can do a google search for sites that sell organic veggie seeds with terms like:
    organic vegetable seeds

    You can search google with terms like:
    Jiffy mix + soilless mix
    Jiffu mix + soiless mix
    Pro mix + soilless mix
    Pro mix + soiless mix
    and see what others say about each one you want to know about.

    Considering where you live, I would think you could easily find some type of seed starting mix.* Have you searched at the big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's?* Maybe call local garden centers and ask them or see if they have a website in the yellow pages.

    If I order online 16quarts- 3cu ....how much would shipping be? Alot?
    Maybe I'm a bit presumptious here, but I get the impression from your questions that growing seeds is new to you.* That's ALOT of soiless mix!* You also mentioned in one post that you didn't have 6 hours of sun for your outdoor garden.* I'm a bit confused why you need so much.* One tomato plant will take up alot of space once it gets mature.* You only need the seed starting soiless mix until the plants sprout.* Once they get large enough to transplant to larger pots, you can use potting soil.* That is also a soiless mix as well.* It would be most helpful for you to post the links to the products you are considering.* An example of what I mean is at the bottom of the page here. One bag of Premier Pro Mix BX (the second one on the page) is 3.8 cu ft. in a compressed bale. Once it expands you have enough mix to pot up "approximately 10 one gallon trade pots or 14 eight inch hanging baskets or 57 four inch square pots or 7 bedding plant trays."* That's alot!* Just how many plants do you intend to grow?
    http://homeharvest.com/pottingmixes.htm

    I don't know what you're using for pots or if you are using starter trays aka bedding plant trays, but one bag of something like this should work just fine for you. Last year I used less then one bag to do 4 bedding trays!* Look at this Professional Jiffy Mix and to the right for other mixes.* You should be able to easily find these at a good nursery in your area or in Home Depot, Lowe's, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, etc.
    http://lawn-and-garden.hardwarestore...ix-507354.aspx

    If you explore the site you will be able to figure out what it costs to ship.

    Newt

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    http://www.localharvest.org/heirloom...ato-seed-C7740
    Is that organic?

    Cornucopia as in Cornucopia the brand

    Would you recommend Sweet 100 or Roma tomatoes?
    Some of the veggies are for myself some for my neighbors...

    I can take a picture back front of the tomatoe seeds I bought ....to see if organic....doesn;t say anything organic put it says something without added stuff....not sure...

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    No

    Cornucopia as in Cornucopia the brand
    I'm not familair with them.* Did you look them up at the Garden Watchdog site I gave you?
    http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/


    Would you recommend Sweet 100 or Roma tomatoes? Some of the veggies are for myself some for my neighbors...
    Sweet 100 are smaller tomatoes and can be eaten in a salad or like a snack.* Roma tomatoes are usually used for cooking and are a firm tomato.* They don't have as much taste as an eating tomato.* My son likes them on a sandwich or in a salad, but I prefer the Sweet 100.


    I can take a picture back front of the tomatoe seeds I bought ....to see if organic....doesn;t say anything organic put it says something without added stuff....not sure...
    If the seeds were organically grown they would be CLEARLY labeled.* Organic growers aren't shy about letting folks know which of their products are organically grown.* They do alot of work to be certified as organic.* If you look at this site you can clearly see which tomatoe seeds are organic and which aren't.
    http://www.territorialseed.com/prod_...FQu-GgodEAe4TQ

    You can do a google search with terms like:
    organic tomato seeds
    heirloom tomato seeds
    organic heirloom tomato seeds

    Heirloom seeds are older varieties that have been handed down from generation to generation.* Not all heirloom seeds are organically grown.*

    Orgnaically grown basically means that no synthetic chemicals were used on or in the soil or on the plants or friut of the plants.* Just because nothing extra was added doesn't mean it was organically grown.* They may not have added anything, but they may have used pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.**

    Farmers go through a rigorous process to have their products certified as organic.

    Newt



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    concerning the "organic" labeling:

    Getting certified organic is expensive. You can grow organic
    without being certified, but then you can't label the seeds
    or produce "organic". Use of the term is regulated, and
    the fact that it isn't certified or labeled organic doesn't mean
    that it isn't organic. You just wouldn't be able to tell.

    - And some people will sell you things as organic that clearly
    aren't. My neighbor at the farmers market where I used to go
    always told people that her plants are organic, where you
    could clearly see the slow release fertilizer in the potting soil. -


    Aloha,
    Maren

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    Okay thanks!

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