After a job interview with the Backyard Urban Farm Company (doing amazing things with raised beds here in Toronto) and the sun shining on my face, I decided today was the day to start my tomatoes! Here's my setup:
To plant in, I added triple mix, a little bit of coffee grinds and some eggshell, just for a little extra boost:
1). Fill the carton holes and moisten the soil with some water. Spray bottles are the greatest for this.
2). Take 2 or 3 seeds per carton hole, cover with a sprinkle more of soil, just to cover the seeds, gently tamp down the soil and spray again with some water.
3). LABEL YOUR SEEDLINGS! Egg cartons have handle middle bits to write on
I'm doing a dozen Organic "Smurf" cherry tomatoes (they're blue!) from Tournesol, a dozen Amish Paste tomatoes from Richters, and then trying 4 of each Ground Cherries, Black Krims (grew them last year–beautiful tomatoes), and Organic Yellow Perfection that I got from friends.
4). Cover your egg cartons with a layer of cling film until they germinate. At that point you will take off the cling film. The layer of plastic keeps the moisture in enough for the seeds to sprout and do their magic!
SPRING IS COMING!