I started my tomato seeds today. I decided to just plant one variety this year to be easier on myself, since this is the first time I’ve ever gardened. So, I planted my Brandywine Pink Heirlooms.
Here’s what I did:
- cut a cardboard Orange Juice container in half long ways.
- poked holes in the bottom for drainage.
- filled each half with potting mix, and wet the soil slightly.
- placed three seeds together here and there in the soil.
- covered the seeds with 1/4 in. potting mix.
- placed these planters in giant ziplock bags (to create a greenhouse effect).
- put one of the covered containers on top of the back of the fridge until they start emerging (this is the germination period).
From what I’ve read, during germination it is best to keep them in a warm place, out of sunlight. Then once the seedlings begin to emerge, place them in good light.
- As an experiment, I put the other covered container on the kitchen windowsill, on the shadier side. I just want to see which one will do better, since the window doesn’t let in too much light.
The seedlings should emerge in 3-5 days. I planted them today because it takes 5-7 weeks before you can plant them outdoors. According to the Farmer’s Almanac May is a good month (in my area anyways) for planting tomatoes, so the timing should be just right.
I sure hope they do well!
If you are an experienced grower of tomatoes, and have any advice for me, I am eager to hear from you!!