This year I am doing something I’ve never done before – start tomatoes from seeds inside! I saved seeds from my heirloom tomatoes last year and I also purchased several different heirloom varieties from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (their catalog is breathtaking!). I disinfected my containers with a solution of water and bleach, moistened my seed starting mix and planted 20 tomato plants. All went well, except for one mistake! It is always a good idea to read through all instructions first instead of going step by step. I only wanted 20 tomato plants in my garden. I followed the instructions to plant 2-3 seeds per container thinking I would just cut away the tomatoes that looked to be the weaker seedling. Well, that is not what followed in the instructions … it told me that once the “true leaves” of the tomato appear to transplant each of the tomatoes into a 4 inch pot! Yikes!! That would mean I’d have 60+ tomato plants (all my seeds germinated)! I will transplant more than 20 and give some away to friends and plant less next year.
Tim built me shelves for my plants and I bought double light fluorescent light fixtures for my plants. The tomatoes germinated in 7 days, with my seeds that I saved germinating first! They are thriving under the light which I leave on approximately 16 hours per day. It is fun to watch them grow and now will be ready to transplant as the first true leaves have emerged.
I’m hoping for tomatoes like I had last year! Grow baby grow!
It has been almost 1 month since I planted the tomato seeds and they are thriving!
This weekend I purchased two more square foot cedar bed kits at Home Depot (they were on sale) and added them to the existing 4×4 bed and look what we came up with! Now I will have plenty of gardening room to plant everything I love.
Spring is really taking its time here in NE Ohio. I looked at pictures at the same time last year (check it out here and learn more about square foot gardening) and all the leaves on the bushes and trees were out fully by now! I can hardly wait to start planting outside … but I think I’ll have to patient and wait a few more weeks.