- Mathieu Surprenant
Grow your own tomatoes!
Tomatoes are a staple in many gardens and a favorite of many home gardeners in Ottawa. If you want to grow your own tomatoes, starting from seed is a great option. Here's a step-by-step guide to growing tomato seedlings in Ottawa:
Choose seeds: Select a tomato variety that is well-suited for growing in Ottawa's climate. Look for seeds that are labeled "determinate" or "indeterminate".
Get supplies: Gather seed-starting containers, seed-starting mix, and a sunny location.
Sow the seeds: Fill the containers with seed-starting mix and sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep. Cover with soil and water gently.
Provide warmth: Place the containers in a warm location with temperatures around 70-75°F. A sunny windowsill or a heat mat can help provide the necessary warmth.
Keep soil moist: Water the seedlings regularly to keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.
Provide light: Once the seedlings emerge, make sure they receive adequate light. You can place them in a sunny windowsill or use grow lights.
Transplant: When the seedlings are 2-3 inches tall, transplant them to larger containers or in the garden after the last frost date in Ottawa.
Care for seedlings: Once planted, continue to water the seedlings regularly and provide adequate light and warmth.
By following these steps, you can grow healthy tomato seedlings that will thrive in your garden.
Enjoy the taste of freshly picked tomatoes this season!