Tomato seed starting
Andrea Bellamy |

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As I wrote earlier, for me, tomato growing is a family affair. Thank goodness! Without my mom’s greenhouse, my grandma’s saved seeds and all of our hands, the job would be nearly impossible. We grow enough for ourselves, our friends and neighbours, and this year, we’ll even have a few for the plant sales.

saved seeds.jpg A couple of weekends ago, we got together to start our tomato seeds. We planted hundreds of saved seeds from last year’s bumper crop of Black Brandywine and Odessa tomatoes, as well as some new seeds – Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter, Gardener’s Delight, and Cherry, Purple, Pink Select and Joyce’s Brandywine.

tomato seeds.jpgWe also tried something different this year with the actual seeding process. We made up a liquid kelp solution (1 tsp liquid kelp to 1L warm water) and dampened the soil prior to seeding. Apparently kelp helps prevent damping off, enhances the success of the germination process and contributes to strong initial seedling growth. The warm water is supposed to give seeds a head start (versus those watered with cold water). This is new to us – I’ll let you know what the results are!

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