April 12, 2012

Dibbing Sun Gold Tomato Seeds.

Here's the Rolling Stones song I bring up as Meade dibs.


TML said...


Meade said...


Let's call the whole thing off

MadisonMan said...

Using a dibble?

TML said...

tool is a dibble.


Very excited to have a Meade exchange!

Rusty said...

OK. I thought you meant something else.
My bad.

A question for Meade.
Do you have your own greenhouse?

I start my seeds in the basement window wells that face south.

chickenlittle said...

Is a pencil the right tool for planting seeds?

traditionalguy said...

Meade...Just a heads up. If you go by Wall Mart or Home Depot's garden center they have sets of tomato plants already in bloom and 3 inches tall, including heirloom varieties.

I do admire your patience. We tried doing that when I was 6 years old and it took 2 weeks for the shoots to come up a half inch and put on leaves... we looked every morning.

But if you have a female audience, then it makes good sense.

rhhardin said...

Dibbing for signs of rabbit this morning.

edutcher said...

The one thing I remember about dibbing is from "The Decameron".

A very foolish man wants his wife turned into a horse so he can get more work out of her and calls in a priest to perform the service.

The priest makes the wife (who is quite a looker, apparently) undress completely, telling the husband he can't speak at anytime during the ceremony or the spell will be broken, and starts caressing the wife as he says in Latin something which is supposed to make each part turn from human to equine. "This be a good horse's leg, this be a good horse's rump, this be a good horse's breast", and so on.

When the time comes for the tail, "He lifted his robe and took the dibber used for planting men and placed it in the wife's womb, saying 'and this be a good horse's tail'". As the wife is moaning and them screaming, the husband says, "Oh, no, Father, I don't need a tail", at which point the priest says the spell is broken and the wife will stay a wife.

And almost everyone parts a bit happier.

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Chip Ahoy said...

A friend grows quite a lot of wheat. He called the machine that does that a drill.

The apparatus is very wide, I hesitate to say how wide but very very very very very complicated-to-turn-around wide. I questioned. He elaborated. The most interesting part, I thought, was how the seed can germinate, then it rains a little, the soil forms a light crust that the tiny plant cannot break through so it accordions underneath the soil crust and dies. The whole plot must be reseeded. Cost: $50,000 just like that, because of a light rain on the wrong day.

ricpic said...

Dibbing for gold
It's really thrilling
That dibbing for gold
If one is thrillingly willing
By dibbing to be digging bold.

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

Okay, Ann ... tomatoes will do much better in a 72-tray than the 98-tray you're using.

Second, don't bother dibbling. Wet your mix and bang the tray on a flat surface to settle the cells. Then simply drop in the seeds, cover with a fine finish mix (or pure vermiculite) and water.

We grow thousands of tomato plants here every year and prefer to sow them in "row-flats" -- the ones with the 10-inch channels running crosswise. When they show their first true leaves we prick them out into 72s.

BTW, every spring I make a point of using the dibble owned by my GG grandfather when he was the chief groundskeeper for Queen Victoria all through the 1840s to 1860s.

Rick said...

Sun Gold tomatoes; my favorite cherry tomato for at least the last nine years!

Our Garden Club has had two tomato taste testing contests and Sun Gold is always the favorite cherry tomato.

I have 17 varieties of tomatoes growing in my basement. A few of my other favorites are: Prudens Purple, Cosmonaut Volkov, Black Russian, Paul Robeson, Brandywine, Pineapple, Giant Belgium, Jaune Flammee, Cherokee Purple and San Marzano

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