Here is a tomato growing secret that I’ve been using for over two decades. I am happy to share it with you since I’d also like to see you harvesting enough tomatoes to feed your family. If all goes well, you will also have many tomatoes to share!
I don’t want to belabor telling you about this process, since it is simple; however, if you compare it to common practices for starting tomatoes, you will find some uproar accompanying my technique. And that’s perfectly fine. I welcome the uproar.
First, decide upon anywhere from 5-20 varieties of tomatoes you want to start. Among these, you can include tomatillos and husk tomatoes, sometimes known as Cape Gooseberries or strawberry tomatoes. We adore these exotically flavored little fruits.
Prepare a square raised bed or a simple square of earth in your garden.
Rake it, remove weeds and enrich it with compost.
Mark each row, to be planted with a popsicle or craft stick, using a permanent marker.
In a notebook, I draw a plan of the varieties I’m sowing .
I use craft sticks to make rows for the tomato seeds.
I always sow seeds, THICKY and keep tomato rows close together.
Sow seeds, cover and mark with the sticks.
This technique works brilliantly for tomatoes, and you can sow seeds around April 1st in the Pocono Northeast, a Zone 5-6.
We like to keep our garden organic. That’s why we supplement our gardens with organic fertilizers. You can now find them at your local gardening supply stores.
It can also work with peppers if you sow the seeds directly outside, in containers.
Note; however, that pepper seeds are far more persnickety about this technique than tomatoes! These seeds will perform better during a warmer spring.
Good luck, and let me know about your results!