Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dear Dorothy,

 I planted my seeds...

 Then I took them out and re-planted them the way you said I should...

And I've trimmed and watered them and given them light...

And I let the trusty tomato plant watch pig play in the trimmings...

So...
 Now what?

Sincerely,
The girl with the black thumb

Check in the comments for Dorothy's advice!

12 comments:

Dorothy said...

Dear Katie,

Wow, your tomatoes have grown!

It's time to get them out of the little pots and put them in something much bigger. Much. As in, the pot should be at least as tall as the plant is now.

You need to plant that tomato right up to the underside of the very top leaves! (Pinch off the two little seed leaves). What this does is encourage new roots to form all along the stem portion under the soil.

Unfortunately, I don't think your over-the-sink light is going to be very practical with such large pots. Hopefully your weather is good enough to put them outside now. If it's going to freeze overnight then bring them in, but just as soon as the day warms up, get them back outside into the light.

A little fertilizer would be a good thing too, unless you are using a soil with fertilizer included.

So....Replant. Water it well. Get it outside in the light.

Good luck!

Katie said...

Thanks Dorothy! So... my plan for bigger planting pots has been to just get some of the BYU ice cream buckets. If I get some of those and drill holes in the bottom and put them on my balcony, will that be okay? Will they need some sort of water-retention plates underneath? How many plants should I put in each bucket? And I planted them in Miracle Grow in the first place, does that count as fertilizer or do I need something more? Obviously I have no idea what I'm doing. The one thing I do know is that these little plants are already smelling like tomatoes. Mmmm. :)

-Katie

Patricia said...

Wow! I am very impressed! I've tried to start seeds a couple of times,have never had success, and end up just buying the seedlings.
I even planted seeds this spring but haven't had any luck, yet.
Way to be "green!"

Katie said...

Trish- I attribute all my success to Dorothy's expert advice. :)

Dorothy said...

1. yes, drill holes. You only need a saucer underneath if you don't want water running onto that area of your porch. Tomatoes are thirsty plants, so you'll be watering often especially when the weather warms up.

2. One plant per bucket. Those plants will get huge!

3. Miracle grow soil will be good for a couple months then it's fertilizer will be "used up" and you will need to add something else. I like to use the fertilizer "tomato spikes" that are sold in garden centers. Just plug in a couple per plant and forget about it for the rest of the summer.

Looking good, Katie!

Dorothy said...

Patricia,

Check out an easy way to plant seeds in a milk jug:

http://dorothy-comewhatmayandloveit.blogspot.com/2010/04/easy-way-to-plant-seeds-early.html

It might be too late this year (meaning you can almost just plant in the ground now) but think about it for early next spring!

Syl said...

This has nothing to do with gardening whatsoever (I apologize in advance). I just wanted to say that I LOVE your shoes in that photo. And the Big O looks dang cute.

Katie said...

Thanks Dorothy! I will get some BYU buckets, drill holes, plant one per bucket, and get myself some "tomato spikes." Oh, and how full should I fill the buckets with dirt? All the way full? Half full? Half empty?

Also, just FYI, I'm going to post your comments into the original post so everybody can have easy access to your advice.


Amanda- the yellow shoes are from Savers. Sweeeet! I love them. :)

Dorothy said...

Fill the buckets up to a couple inches from the rim. That gives plenty of soil for the plants as well as a little space for you to do the watering without over-flowing.

Katie said...

Excellent. So once they're happily living in their ice cream buckets how much should I water them? Just so the top soil stays moist?

Dorothy said...

Actually, the tomatoes will not like being constantly wet. Let the top couple inches dry out before watering again. They are thirsty plants, as I said, but they don't like to be "drowning". :)

Katie said...

Thank you so much for sharing all of your expert advice Dorothy!