tomato sowing day!
Here's my planting list:
Tomatoes, New Girl (6 for mom, 3 for me)
Tomatoes, Big Beef (6 for mom, 3 for me)
Tomatoes, Orange Blossom (3 for mom, 3 for me)
Tomatoes, Brandywine (3 for me)
Tomatoes, Pink Beauty (3 for mom, 3 for me)
Tomatoes, Cherokee Purple (1 for mom, 3 for me)
Tomatoes, Purple Calabash (1 for mom, 3 for me)
Tomatoes, Giant Belgium (3 for me)
Tomatoes, Oxheart Red (3 for me)
Tomatoes, San Marzano (3 for me)
Tomatoes, Tomango (3 for me)
The numbers listed are the numbers of plants I would like in the garden. To make sure I get enough, I'll sow twice as many seeds and thin (or give away) extras later.
My mom only wants the early varieties (70-80 days), since she's in northern MA.
Descriptions of all of these varieties are here.
Since tomato soil temperature should be at least 75F for germination, I wanted to use my fish tank as an incubator again. This worked well for my peppers. Since the space is limited, I sowed the seeds close and will transplant seedlings to pots later. I spread an inch or two of soil in a planting tray and planted about 9-15 seeds in each of 10 rows. I laid out straight rows using large plant labels, which I removed after planting. I labeled each row and duct taped the label in place.
Since I took a set of lights off the top of my fish tank to use for my seedlings, I had room to just set the tray on top of the tank. Its close enough to the water surface that it should stay at the water temp, which is 78F.