I love to grow my own tomato plants. It’s hard to find plants that are bred for this area : many plants won’t set in our heat and we need a shorter growing season than many places. Plus, I love to grow tomatoes.
My sink and new potting soil……ah…..good stuff. I always use new potting soil for tomatoes to help keep disease down.
Look at those babies! I used to start my tomatoes under my bed, then transfer them to the greenhouse. I don’t do that anymore. I’m more sophisticated now. (lazy) My greenhouse isn’t heated, so I have to start them a bit later, usually March. I use bubble wrap and tarps to protect them on the cold nights- unless it is extreme- we had one night in March at 8.9 degrees. I moved them temporarily that night, thank goodness!
I transplant them when they are around two to three inches high, burying them just up to their leaves. Tomatoes will root along their stems. This makes for strong, sturdy plants. I poke holes in the bottom of coffee cups and use them. I am able to write on the cups with a maker to label them and it’s ok when nobody returns them. I’m hoping for a bumper crop this year!