Growing your own tomatoes can be very rewarding making your own sauces, dried tomatoes, or just eating as many as you can fresh. If you plan on preserving some then you will want to have more than just one or two plants, buying large quantities of plants can get expensive but they are fairly easy to start from seed. So let's get brave and grow some tomato plants from seed.
Step 1: Good Potting soil
Is spring fever getting to you, are you ready to plant your garden but it is way to early and there is still snow on the ground. The beginning to the middle of March is a good time to start your tomatoes seeds so that when the weather does warm up they will be ready to plant. You can save a lot of money by starting your own plants from seed. Tomato plants need to be started at least six to ten weeks before your last frost date. The ground temperatures to plant them outdoors need to be warmed up to at least 50 at night for them to grow, otherwise they will just sit in the ground until the temperatures do get above 50 at night.
You might think the initial cost of the seed and all the pots to start you plants in is expensive but if you do the math you can start a whole lot more plants and they can will acclimated to your region temperatures by the time they go into the ground. There are several ways to start seed, indoors is one, in a cold frame, greenhouse or a hotbed germination bed, all of these methods can work well if you follow a few simple rules.
Step 2: Pots and Potting Soil
Plant in good potting soil, either a mix you make up or a good growing medium you can purchase. A good mixture will cost you under $10.00 you should get about 30-40 4-6 inch pots out of a 16 quart bag which brings the potting soil to cost to .53 cents per plant.