Home-and-Family Did you know that it’s possible to grow perfectly fine tomatoes inside your own house ? You won’t need a garden or a greenhouse to start your adventure and the results of your labour can be very rewarding and will fill you with deep satisfaction. After all homegrown tomatoes always taste better than their poor supermarket imitators. Tomatoes are the base ingredient in many products that you can easily make at home, and growing tomatoes indoors can make the entire list that much fresher! Among many other things, some of the more obvious things you can make from the fresh tomatoes you have grown are salsa, homemade spaghetti sauce just like from the old country, then of course there is juice and many other products. For starters, you’ll want to choose from a variety of tomato that is not susceptible to cracking. Not only will they be better suited for tomato paste and sauce but will also do better indoors under lights. Next you will want to prepare a good starting soil mixture. Aim for the standard potting soil mixture that has already been enriched with 10 % or so of worm castings. In order to balance the ph of the soil add a teaspoon of hydrated lime to each gallon of potting soil. This is rich in calcium and is absolutely great for the tomatoes. This calcium prevents the blossoms from rotting later on down the line. You don’t want to start the soil too wet. Adding water a little at a time until you can get just about 2 or 3 drops of water out of it when you squeeze. Anything more than that and you will want to dry the soil out some before you start to use it. Now, starting seeds is a critical time for the tomato plants. The resulting plants are delicate and need to be handled with care in the early stages of development. The best way to start the seeds off is to use the nursery flats -trays that were divided into many sections. The larger ones are best. This way you don’t have to worry over transplanting them as they get bigger. By the time they outgrow that tray, they will be strong enough to handle easily. Tomatoes germinate best at about 80 degrees and you’ll find that most of the seeds that you have planted will be up in about 12-15 days. Once they have begun popping up, you will want to remove the covers if they were used on the trays. At this point, you will want to use fluorescent lights placed about 6 inches above the plants and leave the lights on then for at least 18 hours of the day, and better still, leave them on 24 hours if possible. By now you’re well on your way to having really great tasting tomatoes! Take good care of them and they will bear some fantastic fruit no matter what time of the year it is! About the Author: 相关的主题文章: