Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Dear Tomato Dirt reader,
Volume 2, Number 3: Issue #19
Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! Once or twice a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.
Where To Buy Tomato Seeds
Still looking or haven’t bought tomato seeds yet for this year? Your local home improvement center offers a few packets on its seed rack. But selection is usually limited to a dozen or so varieties. What a shame … especially since there are thousands of types of tomatoes!
Here’s the dirt: we’ve compiled a list of companies offering tomato seeds. Naturally, this list is not exhaustive. But please check it out and of course, add to it on the submission form!
Tomato seed vendors: where to buy tomato seeds
Tomato Dirt top recommendations
Heirloom and OP (open-pollinated) Tomato Varieties
For heirloom and OP (open pollinated) tomatoes, Tomato Dirt recommends TomatoFest, which offers over 600 varieties.
Hybrid Tomato Varieties
For hybrid tomato seeds, we recommend Burpee, a leading home gardening and seed company since 1881.
Shop Burpee.com for Tomatoes
What Potting Mix Should I Use to Grow Tomato Seeds?
The best seed starting mix for tomatoes has four qualities:
The most common base ingredients in commercial mixes are sphagnum peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, and lime. Another potting mix ingredient that is growing in popularity is coco coir (also called coconut coir, potting coir, or simply coir.) A seed starting mix with these ingredients is often labeled as “soil-less.”
In the truest sense, these ingredients contain no soil or dirt and are considered to be sterile. They are not jam-packed with living organisms. Garden soil, on the other hand, is filled with organic matter and is home to active bacteria and fungi. That means if you grow tomato seeds in garden soil, they’re much more susceptible to the dreaded damping-off disease that kills so many seedlings.
- It is sterile
- It absorbs moisture
- It drains well
- It retains moisture
More on starting tomato seeds
That’s it for now. More next time!
Until then, happy gardening!
Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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P.S. As you choose which tomato varieties to grow in 2012, make sure you consider which ones grow best in your climate. Check out these tomato variety lists to help.
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