Germination begins in doors a few weeks before the last expected frost. you want to sew the seeds below the soil about a fourth of an inch and keep the soil moist throughout the process. Seeds should begin to sprout within 8-20 days depending on species.
When the seedlings are about 2 inches tall, it's time to thin. Choose the strongest, healthiest-looking seedling in each cell and remove the others by snipping them off at the soil line so that there is minimal contest for soil.
About a month after sowing, gently remove one of the seedlings and look at the roots. When the roots begin to fill the cell, it's time to repot. Place a thin layer of soil in the bottom of the pot. Then remove the seedling from its cell and place it in the pot. Unlike other types of seedlings, it's OK to bury the stem of a tomato plant, in fact, it's a good idea, because the plant will grow roots along the buried stem.
once the plant looks to be large for its pot it is time to replant into the ground. Begin by digging a trench. If your tomato plant is in a biodegradable Cowpot you can plant it pot and all. Otherwise, gently remove the plant from its pot. Fill in the trench, firming the soil around the stem so it's upright.
Keep the plants watered and fertilized, and you'll be harvesting ripe tomatoes in about two months.
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