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Tomato Seedlings How to Start Them

Updated on February 9, 2013

Starting a garden with tomato seedlings

One of the best parts of spring and summer for my family is putting in a vegetable garden.  We have done so for as long as I can remember and when I was a kid my paretns always had a graden.  Part of this comes from a family of farmers and grandparents that lived through the depression.  A vegetable garden can put food on your table.

If you havenet noticed food prices when you go into any store then maybe you just arent paying attention or live in a different universe because it is more than obvious that food prices are shooting through the roof.

One way to help with this is to have a vegetable garden.  It is self reliant, fun and will help cut the food bill.

An Easy affordable way to start Tomato seedlings

I have found an easy way to start tomato plants (seedling's) is in a styrofoam cup. Get a package of these cups and cut them about mid way up all the way around evenly with a sharp knife.

 Next fill the section you cut off with a good dark soil just about to the top.  Be sure you use a good soil.

 Make a hole in your soil about 1/4" deep or so and place one tomato seed in each hole.  A note on tomato seeds.  You can get packaged seeds fairly cheap and I haven't had a problem with any of them.  You can also get your own seeds from previous years tomatoes by drying out the seeds that are in the fruit.

the last step in starting tomato seedlings

Cover the seeds lightly and tamp down carefully. I like to place a small amount of water in each. Don't over water.

Cover each seedling with plastic wrap and place a small slit in the top of the wrap. Now put in a warm area such as in a sunny widow sill, top of your refrigerator, television. Be sure to water daily and keep an eye on them.

Up here in the Northeast we usually start getting tomatoes in the ground memorial day weekend when signs of frost are over. If you think you will be hit with frost once your plants are in the ground you can cover your plants lightly with an old bed sheet.


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    • mlesniewski profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Upstate NY

      Your right..I have seen people grow tomatoes in buckets as well and that works great as well..Thank you

    • DayLeeWriter profile image

      Debra Cornelius 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      For other like myself who may not have space or decent soil for a garden, tomatoes do well grown in a container as long as they have plenty of sunlight!

      Cherry tomatoes mature early and are great for snacking and salads but there is just nothing like a home-grown sun-ripened beefsteak tomato in a sandwich with or without bacon and lettuce!

      Great article!


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