When to sow Tomato Seeds?




hi guys I'm Tanya from lovely greens and

here on my youtube channel and I share

organic gardening tips I give you tours

around my vegetable garden and I also

give you creative ways that you can use

homegrown produce in the kitchen but

also in beauty products and around the

home I can't believe that that time of

the year has rolled around again but it

is the start of the seed sowing year and

some of the very first seeds that I sew

each year are tomato seeds and

tomorrow's here on the Isle of Man are a

crop that I have to grow in the

greenhouse but I'm going to give you

tips on how to get them sown by seed for

planting outdoors as well


this year I'm growing five varieties of

tomato and they're all new to me and the

first one is one that I wanted to grow

for a long time

its Sun goals and many of you will be

nodding your heads yes because everyone

raves about this tomato

it's a cherry type it's an orange color

but super super sweet so this is going

to be great in salads and for tossing

into pastas hole and I just love cherry

tomato it's such a great snacking type

the next variety is one that is quite

popular here in Britain and this Elsa

Craig now this records a little bit

later than some of the others but it's a

medium type really good all-purpose

tomorrow and also incredible flavor so

this is going to be probably the staple

tomato this year the next one is another

variety that I got from Thompson &

Morgan and this is black Russian and

this is a big beefy heirloom type and

it's quite dark on the outside

chocolate skins but on the inside it's

crimson and this one will be great for

stewing and canning and from using in

sauces and I'm just really interested to

see how it looks on the vine as well now

the last two varieties come out of this

packet of seeds that I got in my

Christmas stocking Josh went out and

bought some seeds and fortunately the

ones in here are quite interesting and

tasty now the one down here in the

bottom corner is Tiger Ella and I've

grown that for the past two years and

actually I have a really interesting

tutorial on how you can propagate

Tomatoes from cuttings so you don't

always have to start from seeds or plug

cleanse you can actually keep your

plants going from here to here if you

want to take the time to overwinter them

so check that out that's over on my blog

now the two two varieties that I want to

grow this

are over here on the right side and they

are the red pair which is down here on

the bottom and then this other one up

here which is also a big beefy tomato

it's called Kosta luto foreign Teno or

at least I think there's a book it's

called but that rounds it up so those

are five types of tomatoes now my space

is quite small I have just a standard

sized backyard bean house so I'm only

going to be crowing five tomato plants

total so one of each variety so sewing

these I'm not going to be sewing very

much of most of these but I want to show

you how to sew them in two different



now before we start sowing seeds and

charging forward with what we're going

to do today we need to talk about frost

dates that's because on the backs of any

of these seed packets mil tend to find

the instructions to sow your seeds six

to eight weeks before your last frost

date and that's a bit misleading because

each of us actually has to last frost

dates the first one is the average date

and that's the one that most people tend

to think of for me that is the end of

March the 31st of March is the average

last frost date and in an average year I

can expect to see no more frost or snow

after that day some years

weird things happen though and a few

years ago we had six feet of snow in

some places here on the Isle of Man in

April it was quite bad it was during

lambing season and I'm not gonna go into

that it was it was a horrible time for

farmers here on the island but it does

happen that tells me it does happen so

unofficially in my mind and I think many

people's minds here on the Isle of Man

the safe date for frost and snow is the

1st of May so there is a good month in

between that's quite a long period

especially in the spring to know whether

or not it's going to be safe to put your

plants outside because my plants are

going in the greenhouse I'm going to use

the average frost date - so these tomato

seeds fire so that's six to eight weeks

before the end of March for me now if

you are someplace say in the United

States or someplace it's a bit warmer

and Europe you'll be sowing seeds for

plants that you're going to be planting

outside you're going to have long rows

of tomatoes that I'm going to be

immensely jealous of but you need to

think about your last frost date because

if you plant your little tender plants

outside before then there's a

chance that we wiped out by frost in the

greenhouse if there is a frost or

something happens during April the

greenhouse will actually protect the

plants from it so it's not as much of a

worry when you're sowing seeds of any

type it's recommended that you use a

purpose made seedling compost and the

good thing about that seedling compost

is that it is sterile and that means

that there's no pathogens in it that can

affect your seedlings so it's not

recommended that you use garden compost

or compost that has been sitting around

outside for a while at least when you

are sowing these tender little seedlings

earlier I mentioned that there are two

ways that you can sow your seeds and the

first one is sowing them in trays like

this and you'll be broadcasting the seed

and then picking the seedlings out and

putting them on later on and then

there's also just growing them direct

into three inch pots like this and in

these pots they'll be staying a lot

longer than if you have them in the

trees and this will affect your your

potting compost so the seedling compost

that is going to be very low in

nutrients because it's made really just

to get the seed started and the seeds

themselves have a lot of energy already

loaded into their seeds themselves and

with seedling compost if you try to keep

your seeds growing in it for six to

eight weeks before you start planting

your little plants out then they're

gonna run out of nutrients in the

compost CDs you're crunching in the

video can you see her down there if you

hear any crunching you know what it is

I'm only going to be growing one actual

eventual plant out of each varieties so

for most of these I'm just going to

scatter a few see

into these parts and then grow them on

and only one of them will make it in the

end so with these they're gonna plants

are gonna stay in here for quite a long

time so they will need compost that has

a bit more nutrients in it or you have

to be more diligent with fertilizing so

instead of going with traditional

compost seedling compost I'm gonna make

my own and what I'm going to be using is

just some ordinary multi-purpose compost

and it's got seaweed extract in this one

so that a little bit of extra nutrients

and then I'm going to be mixing it with

her life now what this does is it adds a

lot of drainage and lightness to your

potting mixture and with a seedling

compost you want to mix about 50/50

compost and this stuff now I've already

pre-measured this out and there's five

cups so we're just going to put five

cups of this end and give it a good mix

so the reason that permits so great for

starting off seedlings with and why you

want to mix it into compost is that it

aids drainage so make sure that the

roots stay nice and dry moist but not

waterlogged and it will also help the

roots to develop into nice root systems

and they'll spread evenly through the

compost now the compost in here it has

an extra nutrients in it from it being

multi-purpose so this is going to be

good stuff for my plants to grow in for

a couple of months even if I do notice

that the plants are suffering a bit so

the leaves are turning a bit yellow that

generally means that the nitrogen is

running out

in the soil mix then I'll think about

giving them a little bit of a feed but

this this should do