Growing tomatoes – container gardening
My tomato seeds have sprouted! I am happy to announce that tiny tomato plants are the latest addition to our container garden. Soon we will be eating salads with our home grown salad leaves, peppers and tomatoes.
I am eager to see how these plants will look when bigger, how big they will grow and how they will grow in containers on a porch. I have heard tomatoes can grow quite wild, so this will be a complete new trial.
When I started to read up on growing tomatoes I saw that you need to dry the seeds and then plant them the next year. I did not want to wait that long so I took cherry tomatoes which I had in the fridge from our local shop, I cut them open and squished them out into the ground. It took a good few weeks, but now we have quite a few small plants shooting up. It is also amazing to see the first two leaves looking completely different than tomato leaves. When the second pair of leaves started to grow I could finally recognize the tomato leaf, a relief that I’m not seeing weeds grow!
1. have a bucket ready with holes in the bottom to drain excess water
2. add soil to the bucket, I used a good balanced potting soil
3. add a bit of bonemeal as fertilizer
4. add the tomato seeds (I used them straight from the fresh tomato)
5. cover with a bit of soil
Make sure you water regularly and that the seeds get enough sun.
I also dried some seeds and will soon give you an update on those as they have just been planted as well.
I did not push the seeds apart when I planted them as I did not feel like touching the jelly inside part of the tomatoes… so now all my new plants are growing on a heap. I will have to space them out when they get bigger and I replant them.
It is exciting to see the plants grow, I will post photos of them, also when we replant them. hopefully it is not too long before we have our first tomato harvest. This will also be a trial to see how many tomato plants we need to have enough tomatoes for our salad and cooking usage. I tried planting beans in a container once but we ate the whole harvest in one go, so I do hope the tomatoes are much more successfull!
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