For home grown tomato lovers in temperate areas it can seem like a very, very long winter. Have you been just itching to get your tomatoes going? The arrival of August means that you can start off tomato seeds on a warm, bright windowsill, so the seedlings are ready for planting out as soon as any chance of frost has passed.
For tomato growing addicts that love a large a juicy tomato with old-fashioned beefsteak flavour, try Yates® Tomato ‘Big Beef’. It’s great for growing in vegie patches and also pots. And if you love cherry tomatoes then try Yates Tomato ‘Sweet Bite’, which is a prolific variety that produces clusters of sweet, bite sized tomatoes.
Here’s how to get your tomatoes started:
- Fill some empty seedling punnets with a good quality seed raising mix like Yates Seed Raising Mix.
- Sow seed 3 – 6 mm deep (check your chosen variety for the correct sowing depth), cover with seed raising mix and water gently.
- Place the punnets in a warm, sunny spot. A brightly lit windowsill is ideal.
- Keep the mix moist and seedlings will start to emerge in around 10 – 14 days.
- When the seedlings are around 5 cm tall, they can be transplanted into their final home, in either a garden bed that’s been enriched with some handfuls of Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser or a container. Only transplant seedlings out once there will be no more frosts!
- In a fortnight, start feeding each week with Yates Thrive® Tomato Liquid Plant Food, which will provide the tomatoes with a balanced diet of nutrients to promote lots of healthy growth and encourage lots of flowers which will turn into delicious fruit.
- Green thumb tip: a Yates Mini Greenhouse creates a wonderful protected environment to start off tomato seedlings.