You have two responsibilities during these crucially important weeks:
The biggest problem you face in the germination phase is getting seeds to sprout. Here are 5 tomato growing tips to help you maximize germination.
But once tomato seedlings are up and growing, you’ve got a different set of priorities. Your job is to prevent disease. Here are 5 tomato growing tips to help you prevent damping off and other diseases in your new tomato seedlings.
Tomato of the Month: Better Boy Tomato
This month, check out Better Boy Tomato. This record-breaking producer is not only reliable and widely-adaptable, but it also yields LOTS of tomatoes. Better Boy holds the 1987 Guinness Book of World Record for the largest amount of tomatoes per plant – 342 pounds of fruit from just one Better Boy plant!
March’s Tomato Tip ... Re-Pot!
Some gardeners start tomato seeds in 6-inch pots to begin with and avoid re-potting altogether. Their argument is that non-transplanted tomato seedlings develop undisturbed root systems, a stronger tap root, and stronger main roots. Studies back up both re-potting and non-re-potting methods.
What you do depends on the container size you start with. Most people start small and move up. Check out these tomato re-potting FAQS -- including a video demo on how to re-pot tomato seedlings.
That’s it for now. See you next month!
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