Planting Tomatoes in Pots – Part 2 (Video)

In this part 2 video Ernies shows you step by step how to plant tomatoes in pots:

  • How deep to plant your tomatoes
  • Watering and watering schedule tips
  • Indeterminate vs. determinate tomato plants and caring for each
  • Stakes, cages or neither depending on your plant
  • Tips, comments and jokes along the way

 

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Planting Tomatoes in Pots – Part 1 (Video)

In this video Ernie demonstrates step by step his method of preparing and planting tomatoes in pots or containers:

  • Advantages of planting tomatoes in pots
  • What you need to get started
  • Preparing your soil – Ernie’s recipe for success
  • Random tips, comments and jokes along the way

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In this podcast Ernie outlines how to get started growing tomatoes and explains the important initial decisions you need to make before you plant:

  • Benefits of growing tomatoes
  • The best time to plant
  • Tips on watering plants
  • Mulching tips
  • Detering pests
  • Controlling weeds
  • Extending the growing season
  • Fertilizing the growing plants
  • Decisions to make before planting
  • Q&A with Ernie

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Grow Tomatoes from Seed

Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetable for the home gardener to grow, and most often people choose to grow tomatoes by buying some start plants at their local nursery. While there is nothing wrong with this, growing tomatoes from seed can be just as easy, and give you a wider range of choices of types of tomatoes you can grow.

Starting Your Tomatoes

The first step to growing tomatoes from seed is to get the necessary materials; I highly recommend starting your tomatoes indoors before the last frost to ensure your tomatoes have enough time to produce heavily during the growing season. You will need a seedling tray, some good well-draining (sterile) soil, and the seeds of the tomatoes you want to grow. Bear in mind if you want to keep seeds from your crop for the next years planting pick an open pollinated or heirloom variety. Seeds from hybrid plants don’t grow the same as their parents and their seeds can’t effectively be saved.

Transplanting

You should try to allow your tomato plants at least 2 weeks of growth after they germinate (allow 1 week to germinate most tomato species) and be sure to “harden” your young tomato plants before transplanting. You can harden your new tomato plants by placing them outside a week before you intend to plant them, this will allow them to adjust to the temperature outdoors before they have to undergo the trauma they sustain during transplantation. Pick a site with deep soil, the more substantial your tomatoes root system can be the better their production will be. Tomatoes are ideally suited for being planted in a raised bed, and benefit greatly from an increased soil temperature which allows them to expend more energy producing extensive root systems.

After you have transplanted your tomatoes be sure to water them deeply, and keep an extra close on them until they have established themselves in their new environment. You will want to apply a fertilizer to them after 4 weeks of growing outside and then on an as needed basis.

Lucas Barnes writes for Plantdex about a range of gardening topics; learn more about growing vegetables, including more tips for growing tomatoes.

How To Save Tomato Seeds In 9 Simple Steps

I love growing different edible plants but always find it tough spending so much money on seed packets early in the year. Will I really grow enough food to cover the cost of the seeds? I always find myself asking this question before I make a seed purchase. Fortunately there is a solution for the gardener who is in the same situation. Why not save your own seeds? After all, this is what the big seed companies do.

Fresh tomatoes are a wonderful part of late summer and why not preserve the genetics of the tomato plants that thrive in your garden for next year? Below is a simple method for saving tomato seeds from your garden to jump start your garden next year.

But first make sure that the tomatoes you want to save seeds from are heirloom or open pollinated varieties. This means that the seeds will produce a plant with similar growing and fruit characteristics as the plant that grew in your garden this year. Seeds from hybrid varieties may not produce a plant anything like the parent.

The best way to prepare tomato seeds for storage is by fermentation. Doing this will help to separate the seeds from the gel. Follow the steps below for best results.

  1. Cut the tomato in half or quarters and scoop out the seeds and associated gel.

  2. Place into a small container. Be sure to label the container with the variety name.

  3. Add about ½ cup of water to the container and cover with saran wrap.

  4. Place in a warm location out of sunlight for 3-5 days. During this time the water will become cloudy and a moldy film may develop on the surface as the fermentation takes place, this is ok.

  5. After several days of fermentation remove the film with a spoon and add another 1/2-1 cup of water and stir the mixture.

  6. The best seeds to save are those that sink to the bottom. Carefully pour off the pulp and extra water.

  7. You may need to repeat steps 5 and 6 to obtain clean seeds.

  8. Strain the seeds through a metal strainer or paper towel and place seeds on a paper plate to dry. Wax paper also works well as a surface for drying tomato seeds.

  9. After several days of drying place the seeds in an appropriately labeled container for storage, paper envelopes work well as they allow any excess moisture to dissipate from the seeds. Store in a cool and dry location.

Tomato seeds prepared in the manner above and stored as described will be viable for several years. Again, be sure to label the fermentation container and envelope. Perhaps adding a photo of the tomato type to the envelope would be helpful as well.

 Galen Williams is the creator of www.ediblegardennw.com and is an avid edible gardening enthusiast.

Tomato Seed Germination – Part 1 (Video)

Learn how to grow tomato plants from seed with the greenhouse manager of Still Lake Nursery.

In this video she shows how to use planting trays, type of soil to use, the seed depth, watering, fertilizer…

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