how to grow tomatoes

How to Grow Tomatoes the Easy Way

How to Grow Tomatoes the Easy Way? Okay, before that, I’m now on the 17th day of my very own self-imposed 30-day blog post challenge which also propelled me to restart doing other things I love and one of them is planting my own vegetables. This hobby actually started during my elementary years in St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina when our Science teacher assigned us to plant monggo seeds at home. I did as instructed and I was really amazed to see them grow!

The other day, I shared with you how to make an affordable mini vegetable garden right in the comforts of your own home. This originally stemmed from my desire to become more self-sufficient by being able to harvest and eat food that I grew myself. And consequently, because we now have a farm where I can have all the space I need for all the vegetables I want to grow and hopefully sell to the local market. But before that happens, I have to learn how to grow tomatoes first, even if it’s just in my own home.

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. (We now have regular farm soil mixed with chicken dung and vermicast at the farm).
  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…

mini vegetable garden at home

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. Soon you’ll also be eating your own tomato harvest!

eating own harvest

Let me know how it goes in 5-10 days. 🙂

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