Dateline: 26 May 2014
"Is it possible to completely eliminate the fuss of starting tomato seeds indoors every spring by simply "planting" some tomatoes off the vine into the garden in the fall?"
Compared to the number of seeds I planted, relatively few tomato plants have come up. But there are enough. If you click the picture to get the enlarged view, you'll see the stake which indicates that I planted the tomatoes on October 26 of last year… That is exactly seven months ago.
The tomato seedlings in the tire bed are smaller than my carefully-planted-and-tended seedlings in a plastic cell tray, but the "feral" tomato plants look healthier. This is an idea I intend to continue to experiment with.