Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Growing Tomatoes from Seed to Table



Who loves tomatoes?  This girl!


I don't think anything says "Summer" quite like a basket filled with home grown tomatoes still warm from the sun!  Our garden is planted with multiple heirloom varieties every year.


But the process begins in Spring with tiny seeds!  Today I'd like to show you how I plant tomato seeds using recycled containers.


While there are plenty of fancy-schmancy items that can be purchased, all that is really needed is a container that can hold soil.  That's it.  This is a clear plastic drinking cup filled with potting soil.  (Please pardon the dust. They are stored in my greenhouse)  A few seeds are sprinkled on top, gently covered and thoroughly watered.


Ya know those individual size pudding or applesauce cups?  They are great for packing lunches.  Used, clean ones are perfect for starting seeds.  That's what is on top.  It allows plenty of light through and creates a tiny greenhouse for each batch of seeds.  As water evaporates, the cups capture it and let it rain back down, keeping the soil evenly moist.


The plastic drinking glasses with pudding cup on top are placed in a sunny, south facing window.  Within a couple of weeks, tiny green seedlings emerge.


Once there are at least four leaves, these baby tomato plants are ready to transplant into individual pots.  Plant the seedlings deeply, up to the bottom leaves.


Roots will sprout all along the stem.  Label each plant and water thoroughly.


Check out all these lovely heirloom tomato plants!  They will be living in my greenhouse until time to go in the ground.  Depending on how quickly the seedlings grow, I may need to transplant them into bigger pots one more time.


Here in Arkansas, the last average frost is mid-April.  I wouldn't dare plant tomatoes before then.  We will be watching the weather in mid to late April and will wait until the long range forecast shows ten days of nice, warm night temperatures.  THEN, we will plant the tomatoes in the garden, giving us baskets filled with heirloom tomatoes still warm from the sun!  YUM!


If you love Spring, you'll want to know I am co-hosting a party just to say "Welcome, Spring"!  Please come back tomorrow and join the fun!

;-)  -Marci

12 comments:

  1. My grandmother always grew her own tomatoes, and they were delicious, but it's not something I've ever tried. Thanks for the tutorial. I need to put this on my to do list.

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  2. There is nothing better than the taste of homegrown tomatoes! Thanks for sharing how to grow them from seeds!

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  3. What a good idea. We were just talking about starting our seeds soon.

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  4. What a cute idea for re-using those fruit cups! I tried growing tomatoes one year.. but we ended up with blight in our area and I haven't tried again. Maybe this year as I do love tomatoes and you can totally tell the homegrown ones by all their flavor. Pinned.

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  5. I love tomatoes! But I do not have a green thumb, but my husband does! I'll get him to grow some tomatoes for me.

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  6. I think tomatoes are delicious.
    Best regards, Irma

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  7. Some great info on growing tomatoes. Here in Ireland we have to grow them in poly tunnels because of the weather. I grew them a couple of seasons ago in a community garden, they were delicious.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment, have a wonderful weekend.

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  8. I use the same method to grow chilli peppers. It works.

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  9. We haven't planted any veggies since we moved almost 4 years ago, but I think we will be this year finally. We'll probably start with plants this summer, but I've always wanted to save the seeds and try starting from the beginning!

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  10. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared.

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  11. I was featured next to you, so I thought I would drop in and read the post. I definitely want a few tomato plants this season, and will be using your guide!

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