This is the start of the “little things” I think you may find useful to kick your production into the next level. I’ve included some of the basic things a nurseryman does that home gardeners seldom do and I think you’ll find a difference if you adopt a few of these things.
By the end of this section, you should be able to start your own seed. How cool is that!?
I do have to say that even after 10-years (cough, cough) well, 40-years starting seed, it never gets old when I see two green seed leaves sticking up and looking for light. Very cool feeling to be there when a new life starts.
There are several things you have to understand about seeds.
- They germinate based on a change in hormones within the seed. In its natural environment, tomato seeds germinate when the soil warms up in the spring. So home gardeners need to be able to create warm soils.
- They germinate when adequate moisture is available so we have to provide appropriate moisture. Note this doesn’t mean a lot of water – it simply means what the seed requires. I note this is generally high humidity around the seed coat, not being soaked in water.
- Your job as gardeners is to provide the conditions for the tomato seed to germinate. Think about it for a second. Mother Nature wants this seed to grow. The seed wants to grow so it’s programmed to grow as soon as it gets the conditions it needs.
Your job is simply to do that – to work with Mother Nature.
p.s. if you can do it with tomatoes, you can do it with a ton of other annuals too.