With freezing weather outside, it is no fun doing any spring clean up.  Instead, I started about 75 heirloom tomato plants indoors.  I only need 18, so any extras I have will be listed on Generous Gardeners for sale.  I will also bring them to our plant sale to benefit the Gloucester Education Foundation.  We always have others who donate their tomatoes as well.   I found the pictures from last year’s plant sale  – Save the date if you live on Cape Ann (May 18th at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA).  Lots of great plants for a great cause.

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There is so much on the internet about how to grow tomatoes, I am not going to try to post a how to, but I will note that I am following the advice of an article in Organic Gardening that suggested not to bother with the trays and grow pellets, but rather to just use paper cups.

I labeled each of the cups and poked a drainage hole in each.  Since I want them to stay sturdy, I used two paper cups for each.  For growing medium, I used a mixture of organic seed starter and coir.  I bought several blocks of coir at the Connecticut Flower show this year and I find that it is a really nice way to lighten the soil and is much less expensive than packaged growing medium.

Terese has given me her grow lights and I now have a nice little setup.  I should see some activity in 7-10 days.

Drainage Holes in my paper cups

Drainage Holes in my paper cups

Nice Printed Labels of the seed Varieties

Nice Printed Labels of the seed Varieties

Growing mixture with Coir and Organic Seed Starter Mix

Growing mixture with Coir and Organic Seed Starter Mix

A Chop Stick is a very handy gardening tool for this project

A Chop Stick is a very handy gardening tool for this project

Seeds are small, so I use tweezers to put them in them pots.  I planted 3 seeds per pot since I had so many seeds.

Seeds are small, so I use tweezers to put them in them pots. I planted 3 seeds per pot since I had so many seeds.

Paper Cups make for a nice, inexpensive seed starting environment.

Paper Cups make for a nice, inexpensive seed starting environment.

I planted a collection of Heirlooms including Supersteak Hybrid, Pink Rainbow and Black Krim.

I planted a collection of Heirlooms including Supersteak Hybrid, Pink Rainbow and Black Krim.

I love the grow lights!

I love the grow lights!

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