Thursday, March 26, 2009

Growing Tomatoes: Part 1

Tomatoes are without a doubt one of the most popular vegetables in the home garden, and for good reason. Home grown tomatoes are very nutritious and much more flavorful than those bought from a store. Tomato plants will produce an abundance of food for the home gardener if properly planted and cared for.
Tomatoes require a fairly long growing season, and for this reason the seeds are typically planted indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before they can be planted in the garden. The seeds can be sown ¼ inch deep in small pots or flats in a soil less potting mix or sterilized potting soil. It takes 7 to 14 days at a temperature of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the seeds to germinate. Keep the soil moist but not soggy. Placing plastic wrap loosely over the pots or flats will help maintain humidity necessary for germination, but the plastic wrap must be removed once the seedlings sprout.


Jane Ellis said...

Hi... what do you recommend by way of staking your tomato plants?

I use The Tomato Stake. Its a simple plastic stake with built-in support ties. Sooo much easier than metal tomato cages.

Ron said...

Try using a trellis which will give support to the whole plant instead of just the center of the plant.