On a bright but still cold day in March, I gathered together my supplies and sat down to perform one of the happiest tasks of the gardening year…
…counting backwards from the first frost-free date, checking the timing on the back of my seed packets, and calculating when to start my seeds!
From that important calculation, I have news for you if you live in Toronto or a similar growing zone:
It’s time to start the Tomatoes!
Yippee! If I was Snoopy I’d be doing a happy dance. Since I’m not, I’ll just tell you that I am ecstatic to have dirt under my nails and a flat full of soil and tomato seeds sitting on a heating mat on my light stand right now.
The most difficult part of the process was deciding which varieties to grow. As I have a small city garden I really need to contain myself to six varieties if I want to grow a few of each type (which I do, as I’ve personally experienced a cutworm slicing my one prized seedling of a particular heirloom variety while ignoring the half dozen other common and easily replaced seedlings.)
The three new to me varieties that I’ll be growing this year are
And the returning favourites are
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go and stare at my seed trays for the next 4 or 5 days.