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How to Grow Tomatoes

When growing tomatoes from seeds, there are a few simple steps that have to be followed, in order to get the desired results. Depending on the type of tomato you are going to grow, and what seed you choose, there are various different end results that you are going to get when you choose to start your own garden, and when you are just starting out with growing tomatoes from seeds.

The first and most basic step is to choose the seeds. Getting them from a good source (like a specialty online site), is the only way to ensure you are going to get quality grown tomatoes by the time you are done. Doing some research about the seed companies is the only way to ensure you choose the top quality seeds, and get the best growth when you are starting out with a new garden.  

The next step to consider is when to start growing seeds. Tomatoes are generally best grown 6 to 8 weeks before the last anticipated frost of the season. The earlier you start, the better the growth you can expect. So, making sure you keep track of the season, is something that is going to make for the largest tomatoes when you choose to grow your own garden.  

Starting the seeds is the third steps when growing tomatoes from seeds. Using a starting mix, you will add in some water, to get a damp growth (should not be soggy). Egg cartons are a great place to start the growth as you get enough spacing, and as you can pack in enough seeds to get a great growth. If growing multiple varieties, you should label the tomatoes, in order to ensure you do not mix them up or use the wrong mix to grow the tomatoes.  

Germination comes next. You have to keep the seeds moist and warm to speed up the process. If you place plastic wrap over the seeds, you will allow water in, while still allowing for circulation, ensuring the seeds are not too wet. Upon the seedlings first opening, you have to place them under light (should be about 3 to 15 days after you start the process).  

The next thing to remember when growing tomatoes from seeds is to care for the seedlings. Making sure you water them (but not over water them), keeping the growth lights about 4'' away from them, and making sure they are easily accessible so you can water them every day, is part of the growth process.  

When danger of frost has passed, you can then transport the seedlings outside. When placing the tomato plants in the ground, you have to be careful not to ruin them, as they are still a bit weak. Using dive sticks around the plants is a great way to protect them. Lastly, you will water and care for the garden. Once they are outside, there is natural light, rain, and other elements, which will make for faster growth. So, the hard part is over, and all you have to do is maintain and care for your new tomato plants.


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