Posted on 03 April 2008 by

Have You Started Your Tomato Seeds Yet?

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How to Choose Good Tomato Plants for Transplanting by Flirting - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

Here at Tomato Casual, we’ve talked before about when you should start sowing your tomato seeds, and now the time is finally here (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, of course).

As a reminder, the most important date you need to know is the expected date of the last frost in your area.

Your plants should be ready to be planted outside about two to three weeks after that, which means that you’ll want to start your seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before you’ll want to transplant them so they have a good running start.

If you don’t know when your area’s last frost generally occurs, a great resource is The Old Farmer’s Almanac Frost Chart for the United States; for the UK, you can find Frost Zones here.

Remember that you can follow Michael’s tomato growing season here at Tomato Casual, but we also want to know–are you growing tomatoes this year?

And have you planted them yet?

4 Responses to “Have You Started Your Tomato Seeds Yet?”

  1. michelle Says:

    I should add that if you’re just starting seeds now, you might want to supplement with some plants so you can have tomatoes all summer long–these seeds would provide a late crop.

  2. Michael Nolan Says:

    Guilty as charged!

    My next post will mention that my first seeds of the season just got their start in life last week. I’m such a bad tomato parent.

  3. michelle Says:

    Nah Michael, this is an “experiment”–it’s good to at least try out different planting schedules, right? That way you can see when tomatoes in your particular garden do their best 🙂

  4. M. V. Says:

    I managed to kill every seedling I started this year… and last year… and the one before that.

    I guess is off to the nursery for seedlings again.

    I’m beginning to think I have a black thumb.

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