The official first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox has arrived. Celebrated in the northern hemisphere, spring offers a rebirth…the start of new beginnings. I am celebrating the day by starting my tomato seeds. And this is where my battle begins with “mother nature”.
Will this year’s garden be blessed with sun, balmy breezes, and soft rain showers. Or will it be subjected to gray days, high winds, torrential rainstorms, menacing gnawers and chomping critters.
Today I am going to enjoy the unusual warmth, the sunshine, and commune with “mother nature”. I will praise all the glories that this day offers and hope she knows that whatever she has in store…I still love gardening. The pleasures certainly outweigh the problems most years and today is the new beginning of my growing season.
Last year I depended on garden centers for my tomato plants with mixed results so this year I’m starting from seed. We will see how the experiment turns out. If I don’t have good results, the garden centers will be my back up plan. Lets go out to my potting shed and start seed.
I’m going to plant most of the same tomatoes as last year with the exception of Kellogg’s Breakfast and Big Beef. I’ll be trying Gary Ibsen’s Gold which was a free seed packet that came from Tomato Fest where I ordered all my seeds. I also added Brandywine which I had a lot of success with when I grew my tomatoes in New Hampshire.
I went by the instruction sheet that came with my tomato seeds. I’m using organic sterilized plant mix to avoid harmful bacteria and shallow seed starting flats. I’m planting three seeds of each variety, using tweezers to place one seed in each cell. After covering with no more than a 1/4 inch of soil, they are watered with a misting bottle, labeled, and covered with plastic wrap. If they haven’t germinated in two weeks…I’ll plant more seed.
Even though my potting shed is heated, I’m going to keep them in the house until they germinate. The warmest spot in the house is my bathroom, so I’m keeping them on top of my claw foot bathtub. You have heard of hot house tomatoes…well mine will be bathtub tomatoes for a while. LOL.
I’ll post about the progress of this little experiment. If all goes well, they will be planted in the garden at our summer cottage in Maine the last week of May. That is when the threat of frost will be over.