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Tomato Dirt #300] Start seeds or buy tomato seedlings? The advantages of each
January 11, 2024

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 14, Number 1

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

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

Tomato Seed Sale Extended! Half-Price Through January 15

Each year, our friends at TomatoFest have a huge year-end sale on their tomato seeds. They have extended their annual sale until January 15. NOW is the time to get yours.

Choose from more than 320 favorite heirloom tomato varieties and tomato seed collections – up to 50% off regular retail prices during this once-a-year sale from our friends at TomatoFest.

Visit the TomatoFest store now to get best selection.

NEW! Check for tomato growing tips each day on our Facebook page

Here’s the dirt: Tomato Dirt’s long-standing Facebook page was recently hacked. For your safety and privacy, we closed it. But never fear! We’ve started a new page with good security.

You’re invited to like the page and get plenty of tomato growing tips. And please share the new page with other gardeners you know!

Hop on over to Facebook and click “Like” right now, while you’re thinking about it.

FEATURE: Start Plants from Seeds or Buy Tomato Seedlings?

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It’s time for the Great Tomato Debate.

Each year, gardening enthusiasts face a crucial decision: should you start plants from seeds or take the easier route and buy ready-to-plant tomato seedlings?

It’s a longstanding debate among gardeners as to which is “best.”

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve done each.

There have been spring seasons when our sunroom is filled with seedling trays and subsequently, when it’s time for re-potting, all manner of seedling containers from recycled yogurt cups to garden-center purchased quart containers.

My husband and I end up with hundreds (literally) of healthy tomato seedlings which we give away to family, friends, and neighbors – and reserve 30-40 for our own garden, of course.

But then other years, we are busy with ... Keep reading

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Get the book and you’ll also get 6 free bonuses, including the Family Tomato Cookbook and a database of 1300 varieties of tomatoes. More details here.

Tomato Growing Book

Tomato Growing Tip: Start tomatoes from seeds?

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Some Tomato Dirt Faves for Starting Seeds

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Seed Starter Set: all the essentials for staring seeds, including cell tray and heating mat Seed sower to plant tiny seeds easily and accurately Seed Starting Pot Maker – save money, make your own eco-friending seedling pots

Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

More Tips for Starting Tomato Seeds

Where to Buy Tomato Seeds: A List of Online Vendors What To Look For When You Buy Tomato Seeds Compare Seed Starting Pots What to Look For In Seed Starting Kits

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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