starting tomatoes in CA
I'll apologize ahead of time since I'm sure the question has been asked, but in my search I get everyone's answers - not just how CA gardeners do it.
So, how do YOU start tomatoes in the CA winter/spring? When I read about it some people have elaborate set ups w/ grow lights & greenhouses & others just start them in enclosed patios in nursery sets. What typically works for our CA climate? I really don't have the space/resources for a greenhouse & grow lights but don't want to settle for what you find at a nursery.
The books say to start 6 wks prior to last frost date which would be around Feb 1 for me & to put in ground at last frost date around mid March but people say that's too early.
So, what is the best practice for a CA gardener? I'm a first year gardener experiencing a love/hate relationship w/ my garden but am eager for next year's try as I started late (July) this year. I've selected my varieties & am just wondering what supplies I should have to start them. I'll be asking for the supplies for either birthday or Christmas & am having a baby in between so want to plan ahead now.
So far I've been planning to start the seeds indoors & then transfer to a Flower House starter house in nursery containers kept in Costco boxes for easy transfer if they need to spend the night indoors. I'm planning on starting 5 of each variety to get 2 good plants in each variety. Should that be enough?
Thanks for sharing your experiences as I have none of my own!