Yesterday I received my little indoor greenhouse and tomato seeds and today I planted them! I ordered them through Tomato Growers Supply. I bought seven different kinds of tomatoes but decided to only grow three of them. I realized I was getting a little ambitious seeing as I have never grown tomatoes before. My dad is wanting to grow some tomatoes so I will probably give him the extra seeds. I decided to grow Roma, Ball's Beefsteak and Flamme. Flamme are a small orange tomato which are excellent for adding to salads. Roma are good for making sauces and canning. My mother-in-law Bonita was telling me I could also dehydrate them and then package them in olive oil for "sun" dried tomatoes. Beefsteak are great for sandwiches or just sliced up and sprinkled with a little bit of salt.
First I had to add warm water to the pellets to let them expand. After they expanded fully I then had to pour off the excess water. To plant the seeds I gently peeled back the netting on the top of the pellets. I planted two seeds per pellet and covered them with no more than 1/4 inch of peet.
I made sure to label which rows were which type of tomato.
Then I put the lid on and put the tray on top of the fridge. This is a nice warm spot to germinate the seeds. It should take 7-10 days for the seeds to germinate and once I see the first sprouts I will prop open the lid until all of the seedlings have sprouted. After this I will remove the lid and place a special light over them to help them grow. Once they are ready to be planted I need to put them outside for a couple hours each day then bring them back inside to get them acclimated. After a week they should be ready to plant. So cross your fingers everyone! I will keep you posted on how they do!