How to grow tomatoes
There are several things we need to do to prepare for the growing process of our tomatoes:
The first thing you need to do is to choose the kind of tomatoes you want to grow. There are dozens of different types of tomatoes. If you are familiar with tomatoes remember to choose the ones you will enjoy to eat. If you are not familiar with the different assortment of tomatoes, then you can start by choosing several types. This will help you to know which ones you like best. If you are like me, I don’t think there is a tomato I don’t like. My favorite tomatoes are Tommy Toes, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Early Girls, Big Boys, Roma, Bush Beef Steak, and Goliath. This is just to name a few of my favorites. So this is the first thing you will need to do choose the kind or kinds you want to grow.
The second thing you will need to do if you decide to grow them from seeds is plan to allow at least four to six weeks for them to grow. If you decide to grow them from seeds you will need a few things to get started. You will need to pick up some organic cups, soil, and miracle grow solution. After you have all the things you need it is time to begin preparing are seeds for growth. The first thing you will do is get a cup and add your soil then you will add your seed or a couple of seeds to your soil. Then you will cover your seed with the soil. After you have completed these steps, then you will add a small amount of water to them. I usually make up a solution of miracle grow and add a small amount to each cup. Then you will repeat until you have all your cups filled and all your seeds planted in your cups. Then you want to find a sunny spot in your home, preferably in front of a window. My husband always likes to take the cups outside for short periods of time for direct sunlight, but make sure it is not to cold outside for them. Always make sure to bring them back in before the temperature drops in the evenings. The final thing you will do is to make sure not to let them dry out. Make sure to keep them watered or they will not grow. After all of this it is time to move to step three.
If you decide to use plants that are already to plant, then you want to make sure they are in good condition. The first thing you look for is healthy plants. Make sure the leaves are really dark green, and that they have plenty of leaves on them. Then you choose your plants that you want to grow. Try to pick from plants that are ready
Easy Steps to Grow Tomatoes at Home
Fresh tomatoes grown in your garden and ripened on the vine will taste better and be healthier than any other tomato you’ve ever tried. There are a few easy steps that any home gardener can follow to ensure a healthy and bountiful end result. Tomatoes are a fun, fragrant, and colorful way to bring life to your summer garden. You have three options when starting a tomato garden. You can buy starter plants from the local nursery, you can sprout your seeds indoors early in the season, or you can sow tomato seeds directly into your garden. If you want to save time and do not want to fuss with seeds than take the easy route and buy starter plants. If you feel a little more adventurous and you want the tomatoes to be truly «yours» try starting with seeds. Starting with seeds is more cost-effective than starter plants and more fun.
Decide whether to start seeds indoors or outdoors. If starting inside you will need some small plastic containers, tomato seeds, and a bag of rich organic soil. You can find the supplies at any nursery or hardware store. When selecting seeds decide whether you want small sweet cherry tomatoes, ideal for salads, or larger varieties more suited for slicing or using for tomato sauce. Roma and San Marzano are medium sized tomatoes and are perfect for all your Italian dishes. Their is wide variety of seeds available, consult your local nursery to find ones best for your climate. Once you choose your seeds fill small plastic nursery cups with organic soil and sprinkle 5 or 6 seeds around the top. Push the seeds gently under the soil about a 1/4 inch or less. Make sure the soil remains moist at all times. Place containers close to a natural source of light or under florescent lights for at least 6 hours each day. Within 10 days (when it is warm they sometimes sprout overnight) you should see sprouts. The advantage of starting indoors is that you can begin the seeds early, even before Spring arrives. If you have a nice warm and sunny location in your home your seeds will be well on their way by the time outdoor temperatures begin to warm and it is time to transplant.
If you plan to sow the seeds directly into the garden make sure that the soil temperature has warmed to at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Choose a sunny location in your garden and work the soil well removing all weeds and grasses. It is a good idea to add some organic compost or fertilizer that is readily available at any nursery
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