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[Tomato Dirt #136] How to Choose Tomato Seeds to Grow This Season
January 18, 2018

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 8, Number 1

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple of times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

Extended! Tomato Seeds Half-Price Now Through January 19

Choose from more than 350 favorite heirloom tomato varieties and tomato seed collections – up to 50% off regular retail prices during this once-a-year sale at TomatoFest.

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Visit the TomatoFest store now to get best selection.

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FEATURE: How to Choose Tomato Seeds to Grow This Season

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Images of tomato seeds for sale fill garden catalogs. Seed packets are stocked at nursery centers. But what should you look for when you buy tomato seeds? Consider these four important factors.
  1. Selection. If you would like to grow tomato varieties not offered by your local retailers, then consider purchasing your tomato seeds from an online vendor (see a list of online tomato seeds suppliers.) Online vendors offer a much larger selection.
  2. Seed quality. Organic garden seeds are grown, harvested, and processed according to strict regulations monitored by the USDA in the United States (and similar agencies in other countries.) Companies that sell non GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds state so clearly on their websites and printed materials.
  3. Cost. Seeds are inexpensive, but you can save when you buy tomato seeds at an online clearinghouse or take advantage of late- or early-season sales.

  4. Customer service. Know when your vendor will send your order and if the vendor offers returns or exchanges.

Find about more tips to look for when you choose tomato seeds … and check out some helpful pointers and visuals on our Tomato Seeds Pinterest board.

Best Tips for Growing Tomatoes

The world's number one tomato Bible. Advice on 1300 varieties, soil preparation, pruning; and extensive help with pests and diseases from a leading industry expert to help you have the biggest, tastiest crop ever.

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Tomato Growing Tip: Tomato Seeds and Germination

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Some of Our Favorites for Starting Tomato Seeds

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Seed starting kits from Jiffy and others – makes it easy to start seeds Germination mat – keeps seeds warm during seed starting from Hydrofarm Indoor grow lights to start tomato seeds from Gardener’s Supply, others

More Tips for Choosing Tomato Varieties

Tomato Varieties: Understand 3 Ways They are Classified Heirloom Tomatoes vs. Hybrid Tomatoes: What’s the Difference? Where Should I Buy Tomato Seeds and Plants? An Online Catalog of Vendors What to Look for When You Buy Tomato Seeds and Plants from a Vendor

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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