Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How to Plant Tomato Seeds - My Mini Vegetable Garden Project

Yesterday, I shared with you how to make an affordable mini vegetable garden. This stemmed from my desire to become more self-sufficient by being able to harvest and eat food that I grew myself. Read a little bit of the background here: How My Mini Vegetable Garden Started

So anyway, on this post, I'll tell you the most important things I learned on how to grow tomato seeds.
  1. Once I had all the materials I needed (ice cream bins for pots, soilless pot mix & a pack of tomato seeds from Ace Hardware, and water), I got my recycled pot and put holes in it.
  2. Then I put my soil-less mix in there, about 3/4 of the pot.
  3. I watered the soil well then waited for it to drain through the holes.
  4. I got 9-12 tomato seeds and placed them on the moist soil. I tried to space them out but it's okay if they're close together since I'll repot them later on when they're already seedlings.
  5. Then I placed another layer of the soilless pot mix such that the seeds are now 1/8 inch deep from the surface.
  6. I watered the soil again.. just enough to keep it moist.
  7. I placed my potted seeds in an area where there's heat but out of direct sunlight, like our indoor garden.
  8. Then I wait...

I learned about this by googling how to plant tomato seeds. Of course there were tons of data available. If you don't have time to read all of those and you want to do this the fastest way, here are the most important details you must know which will make planting tomato seeds for you seem like a breeze:

  • seeds should be 1/8 inch deep and in direct contact with moist soil
  • soil must be moist
  • seeds can be close together since seedlings can be re-potted later on
  • potted seeds must be placed in a warm location but out of direct sunlight.
  • tomato seeds should germinate in 5-10 days
That's it! Just keep those things in mind and get on with planting. Let me know how it goes in 5-10 days. :)

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