Things to Remember When Growing Tomatoes From Seeds

Growing tomatoes from seeds will allow you to control the entire growing process and see your plants development from the earliest stage – seeds. This is however connected with a few difficulties and it is important to address some of these issues before you make your first step and plant seeds so that the transplantation process will go well.

The first thing you will want to do is to start with clean potting soil. Do not use the soil from outside to start your plants. The best thing to do then is to go to the local nursery or garden center and pick up some good organic potting soil. Next, you will add the soil to the flats that separate the pants from one another or the nursery trays. This is beneficial when transplanting them when the time comes.

Let’s suppose that your target is to end up with 100 plants ready to be transplanted outside into your garden bed. Planting 20 % more seeds than the amount of the pants you want to end up with is a good idea. The reason for this is that not all seeds will germinate. Then there will almost always be a couple that will germinate, but the plants will not thrive. So generally speaking, if you want to put out 100 plants, then plant about 120 seeds. This way you will also provide yourself with few additional plants that can be used later on as a substitution for the ones that died out.

If you plant several different varieties of tomatoes, you’ll want to make sure that you label them. The plants will all look alike! Once all the plants have gotten their real leaves, it’s time to begin the first transplantation. They should be moved to individual growing containers such as a paper cup in order that they be able to better thrive and grow. If plants are bunched up, the growth will be stunted and you’ll end up with plants that are poorly producing. Use a kitchen fork to remove them from their starter pots as it’s the best way to do so. It works well with lifting the plants from the soil and causes less shock on the plants roots.

Now, depending upon the size of the paper cup or other container used in this first transplantation, you may or may not have to transplant them again before they go into the garden bed. It is then, in your best interest to plant them in paper cups large enough to hold them until they are about 6 inches or so tall, and ready to go into the outdoor garden bed. As soon as the last frost has passed and the plants achieved the required height you can put them outdoors.

The best way I have found to do this, and it causes very little shock to the roots, is to tear or cut away the paper cup from the entire thing, leaving the existing soil in place and putting them in the garden exactly that way.

Good luck in your growing! It won’t be long before you’ll be enjoying fresh juicy tomatoes, straight from the vine!

Pawel Kalkus is a hobbyist gardener with 15 years experience in organic vegetable garden cultivation. If you enjoyed this article growing tomatoes from seeds go get your free copy of the “7 Best Tomato Growing Tips” ebook now.

Growing Tomatoes Organically in a Tropical Organic Garden – 1

This video explains how we grow tomatoes organically in a tropical organic garden. We explain the steps for the following techniques that we use to grow organic food in a gardening allotment or even a small backyard kitchen garden at home.


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– Intensive Gardening
– Companion Planting (tomatoes with basil, alliums, strong smelling herbs like Cuban Oregano. Eggplants were also used as companion plants for the tomatoes)
– No Till Gardening
– Mulching
– Natural Fertilizers (like compost, manure and rock dust) and
– Natural Pest Control (like garlic spray).

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This gardening project was based is in the tropics. The tomato seedlings were put into the ground in December and the tomatoes were 2 weeks away from being ripe in early February (the time that most of the photos of the organic tomato garden were taken).

Happy tropical organic gardening!

As newbie tropical organic gardeners, we’ve been inspired by many Youtubers that include Praxxus55712 (Ray), GrowingYourGreens (John), InNaturesClassroom and the KiwiGrower. Thanks Yters! Hope to inspire others to have tropical organic gardens … to take control of their health and wellbeing.

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Growing tomatoes in hot and humid climates.04/20/16

Happy 420 everyone … just got back to the farm from the Songkran holidays and what a great surprise .. the autopots performed flawlessly while we were away and all the tomatoes are setting fruit .. so myth busted .. just goes to show with the right equipment and the right Techniques.. and a little thinking outside the box .. anything is possible ,Growing tomatoes in hot and humid climates is now possible here at greenevolutions aquaponics..

Thanks for stopping by to learn more about Aquaponics Thailand is where we call home now.. With over 7 years of large scale and commercial Aquaponics experience and consulting at greenevolutions aquaponics , I have evolved the commercial Aquaponics system to the next level.. Using cultured probiotic bacteria.. Both aerobic and anaerobic.. As well as natural plant extracts and fermentation to unlock the minerals and amino acids naturally, to supercharge the natural system, to the highest level of production available in Aquaponics today.. With a collection of bacteria and beneficial fungi, harvested from the ancient deep jungle forests of Southeast Asia. I also cultivate the powerful purple phototrophic bacteria, right there on the farm.. As well as the workhorse of the probiotic world.. Lactobacillus.. I will be making all this available for you in a DIY kit so you can then grow your own at home … like seed saving, once you start your colonies, you can grow them for years to come ..

With this combination of beneficial aerobic and anaerobic bacteria yeasts and fungus.. We inoculate all the zones in our system and let the Bacteria to do the work they evolved to do.
till next time friends

James Harrison
Commercial Aquaponics in Thailand

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Interesting Facts About Tomatoes

The tomato is a popular food item around the world.  But where did it come from?  Did people actually think it was poisonous at one point in time?  And is it a vegetable or a fruit?  Read more to learn the answers to these questions and more.

A Brief History

The tomato is native to South America.  From there, it spread to Mexico where it was grown and eaten by the Aztecs.  Early European explorers to South and North America brought the tomato back to Europe.  It was widely cultivated in Spain and Italy, before being adopted by the English. 

The first written evidence of the tomato in Europe was in 1544 by Pietro Andrea Mattioli, an Italian physician and botanist.  He referred to it as an herb called “pomi d’oro” or the “golden apple”.  The first cookbook that uses tomatoes in recipes was published in 1692 in Naples, Italy.  There is evidence that by this time the Spanish were widely using tomatoes in food dishes, however, it was not used by all cultures.  In Florence, Italy and surrounding areas, the tomato was not widely used for food until the 17th and 18th centuries.

However, in the 1600’s, Britain and main of its colonies did not eat tomatoes, as they believed that they were poisonous.  This belief was promoted by John Gerard in his book “Gerard’s Herbal” which was published in 1597, despite the fact that he knew the Italian and Spanish frequently ate tomatoes without ever being harmed.  This belief continued until the 1700’s, at which time the tomato was embraced and became very popular in a variety of food dishes in Britain and its colonies.  Tomatoes have remained popular throughout the world ever since.

Fruit or Vegetable? 

While tomatoes are actually fruits, the debate about whether they are fruits or vegetables continues because the tomato is often referred to as both. 

What is the definition of fruits?  Fruits are defined in botanical terms as a flowering plant that produces food with edible seeds.  In botanical terms, the tomato is a berry, which is considered to be a subset of fruit. 

However, the botanical classification system does not use the term vegetable.  Therefore, it is often defined by culinary terms.  Culinary terms distinguish between vegetables and fruits by when they are eaten in a meal.  Vegetables are eaten or served during the main course and fruits are eaten as a part of dessert.  However, vegetables are also defined by its edible parts, which for vegetables are the leaves, stems and roots. 

From the definitions above, the tomato is clearly a fruit because it has seeds and does not come from the leaves, stems or roots of a plant.  However, the desire to eat tomatoes as part of the meal means that it continues to be incorrectly referred to as a vegetable. 

Other Uses

Tomatoes are popular in food and in drinks but they do have other uses.  Here’s a short list of other ways that tomatoes can be used:

Bathing in tomato juice is an effective way to remove the smell if a skunk sprays you or a pet;
Wash your hair with them after swimming in a pool in order to remove the chlorine from your hair;
To tenderize meats; and
To clean copper pots instead of using harsh or abrasive chemicals.

For more fun facts about tomatoes, please visit The Gardener’s Escape. While you are there, take a look at our Gardening Containers page to see a large selection of containers suitable for growing tomatoes in.

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Just a quick video showing the simple but necessary task of pinching out the side shoots of the growing tomato plants to promote tall upright growth.
This is done with tall or “Cordon” varieties to promote upright tall growth but you don’t do it on Bush varieties.
Simply you just remove the small shoots growing at 45 degrees to the main stem which appear in the elbow between the stem and the leaf branches.
Using your finger and thumb just pinch the shoot and remove.
You need to do this when they are quite small otherwise if you let them get too big you can leave a scar on the stem and let in disease and mould.
So just keep nipping them out as you see them and you’ll have a healthier plant.
Be careful however towards the top of the plant as you can sometimes mistake the growing tip for a side shoot if you’re not too experienced.
Better to leave the top few leaves until you’re sure they are sideshoots.

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