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How to grow tomato plants from seeds

Growing tomato plants from seeds is not as difficult as you might think. And it is extremely rewarding. A large variety of tomato plant seed packets can be found. It´s fun to experiment with the different varieties you find. In this article we’ll be going over how to grow tomato plants from seeds, but also when and how to transplant them outdoors.

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How to grow tomato plants from seeds: ideal planting time

You’ll want to plant your seeds early in the spring and not plant them outside until after the last frost date in your area. Usually you want to plant your tomato seeds indoors about six to eight weeks before you intend to plant them in an outside garden. Check your local area to see what zone you live in to determine when you’ll want to start planting.

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How to plant tomato seeds

The easiest way to plant tomato seeds is into a pot that can be placed in the sunlight. Spread your seeds thinly over potting compost placed in a tray. Tomato seeds like warm conditions, so keep your tray in a warm area or on a windowsill. Add cling film over the tray to keep the soil moist. Remove the cling film once the seedlings begin to appear. On one hand tomato plants like moist soil but you have to be careful not to over water your seedlings.  

Tomato plants also love sunlight. Make sure that you turn the tray every day or two, if you are growing your seedlings in a tray on a windowsill. This way you make sure that all of the plants gain access to the light and grow evenly. Tomato plants grow towards the light. So if they are not receiving enough light, they may grow bent. They can also grow thin and leggy if they do not receive enough light while indoors.

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How to first transplant your tomato seedlings

Once your seedlings have grown to about 1 to 2 inches high, it´s time to transplant them from the tray to individual pots. To do this, carefully separate each seedling making sure not to damage the roots. Lift the seedlings by the leaves and not the stem because the stem can easily get damaged at this young stage.  

Then place the seedlings in a hole in the soil big enough for its roots.You’ll want to plant the new seedling all the way up almost to the first leaves on the stalk. Fill the hole with compost and water the seedling immediately.  

Press the compost around the roots lightly to ensure that the roots have good contact with the soil. Continue keeping these seedlings within the sunlight and turn them if the sunlight is uneven.

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Transplant your tomato seedlings a second time

When the seedlings have grown to be about six to eight inched tall, you should transplant them again into larger pots. During these last stages, you can harden off the seedlings before placing them into an outdoor garden.

Hardening seedlings off means to get them used to the outdoor temperature which is obviously harder to control then the inside temperature you were growing your seedlings at. For this place the seedlings outside into the sun for a few hours each day.

Give your tomato seedlings a final place

When your seedlings finally grow at least six leaves and the weather is warm enough you can plant them outside. Bury the seedlings within the soil so that only the top four leaves are showing.  

Since tomato plants often develop roots all along the stem, burying the stems this way will ensure that your tomato plants grow strong root systems. Therefore you will create a stronger plant that can better withstand the weight of the fruit.

As the weight of the fruit brings down a weaker plant, the fruit will touch the ground and become rotten.  A stronger plant means a better harvest and crop.

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I hope you have enjoyed learning how to grow tomato plants from seeds. Are you going to try? Let me know in the comments. And keep your eyes open, I will be writing more about tomatoes soon. 🙂

You might also be interested in reading: Organic Chemical-free Gardening, Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden, How to attract wildlife into your garden, Make your own bird feeders, and Gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

Want to know how to grow tomato plants from seeds? This post shows you how and gives you tips on the right care of your seedlings. Grow healthy tomatoes yourself! #gardening #gardeningtips #greenliving #healthyliving #tjlavasdiy #gardenhowto

Want to know how to grow tomato plants from seeds? This post shows you how and gives you tips on the right care of your seedlings. Grow healthy tomatoes yourself! #gardening #gardeningtips #greenliving #healthyliving #tjlavasdiy #gardenhowto
Want to know how to grow tomato plants from seeds? This post shows you how and gives you tips on the right care of your seedlings. Grow healthy tomatoes yourself! #gardening #gardeningtips #greenliving #healthyliving #tjlavasdiy #gardenhowto
Want to know how to grow tomato plants from seeds? This post shows you how and gives you tips on the right care of your seedlings. Grow healthy tomatoes yourself! #gardening #gardeningtips #greenliving #healthyliving #tjlavasdiy #gardenhowto
Want to know how to grow tomato plants from seeds? This post shows you how and gives you tips on the right care of your seedlings. Grow healthy tomatoes yourself! #gardening #gardeningtips #greenliving #healthyliving #tjlavasdiy #gardenhowto

Have an eco-friendly Easter party

Easter is a time of celebration and renewal. Therefore it´s a great time to embrace earth-friendly practices as well. If you’re throwing a party, you can make it a green one by having an eco-friendly Easter party. Here’s how.

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Send Electronic Invitations

Invitations can now be sent via email. You can find some extremely useful programs to use online. These programs allow you to send email invites. Some keep track of who RSVP’d and offer a message board so people can ask questions about the party. Electronic invitations replace paper or ink, so they are much more eco-friendly. If you have people you want to invite and they don’t use email, consider giving them a phone call or text message.

Use Recycled or Reusable Party Ware

Plates, napkins, glasses and all party decorations can be made from recycled materials. You can also use your own everyday dishes or if you’re going to have a large party, consider renting. Or borrow. We often get ours from my mum and a few neighbours. Another option for your eco-friendly Easter party is to buy compostable party ware, like plates and cups made from corn.

Eco-friendly Party Decorations

Easter time is springtime and it’s a great opportunity to decorate naturally. That means you don’t have to buy premade decorations. Use naturally dyed eggs, twig branch baskets and real grass for decorations. Place flowers you cut in vases for a Spring touch. Create Easter grass for baskets or decorations by shredding magazines or use vegetable dye on papers in your recycled bin and then shred them. Beet juice makes a beautiful pink color!

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Eco-friendly Easter Party Food Options

Instead of cooking everything yourself or getting takeaways, consider asking attendees to contribute a dish to the party. It means there’s less work for you and everyone feels as if they’ve contributed to the festivities. Let them know you’re having an eco-friendly Easter party so they can be sure to bring food in recyclable or reusable containers. We often used to do this when I was a kid and everyone was happy to contribute and to plan together, so not everyone brought the same. It gives you less work as well.

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Leftovers

Consider to compost leftovers. A great way to make use of leftovers is composting. You can then use the compost to help indoor and outdoor plants thrive. Another option is for your guests to take some leftovers home. This way they should be still useful and don´t get thrown away.

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Play Games

Games are part of a fun party. Have Easter egg hunts with real eggs instead of plastic ones. Charades and scavenger hunts also can be eco-friendly. If you are having your party outside, I am sure that kids will find many options to play themselves too.

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Natural, Earth Friendly, Crafts

In addition to using games to keep children occupied consider having some earth-friendly crafts for kids to do. Let children decorate a tin, for example. Have seedlings, potting soil and paint on hand, so they can choose their plant for the decorated tin and take it home. Kids will love this craft as it is a nice goodie to take home as well. Another option would be to prepare them salt dough eggs and let them decorate them or make these simple cute Easter bunnies from scouring pads.

Recycle anything that cannot be reused

For example, if you purchase juice or something similar for the party, recycle the containers. Or use them to create bird feeders, compost scoops or planters.

Easter is a good time to be environmentally friendly. When you throw an eco-friendly Easter party you’re not only doing something nice for the planet you’re also getting others involved in the cause. You’re setting a good example for your own family and others. If everyone does their bit it makes a big difference.

I hope, you have enjoyed learning how to have an eco-friendly Easter party. Will you have one this year? Let me know 🙂

You might also enjoy reading: 25 ways to protect the environment on a budget, How to teach your kids the importance of green living, 10 good reasons to start going green, Eco-friendly Valentine´s day presents and Green living & pets.

How to have an eco-friendly Easter party. Learn about different options to turn your party green, from eco-friendly deorations to eco-friendly party ware. #easter #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #tjalvasdiy #greenliving

How to have an eco-friendly Easter party. Learn about different options to turn your party green, from eco-friendly deorations to eco-friendly party ware. #easter #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #tjalvasdiy #greenliving
How to have an eco-friendly Easter party. Learn about different options to turn your party green, from eco-friendly deorations to eco-friendly party ware. #easter #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #tjalvasdiy #greenliving

How to have an eco-friendly Easter party. Learn about different options to turn your party green, from eco-friendly deorations to eco-friendly party ware. #easter #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #tjalvasdiy #greenliving

How to have an eco-friendly Easter party. Learn about different options to turn your party green, from eco-friendly deorations to eco-friendly party ware. #easter #greenlivingtips #ecofriendly #tjalvasdiy #greenliving

Organic Chemical-Free Gardening

Every year, thousands of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted. How? By growing plants. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens. And that means that you can make a difference by changing yourself to organic chemical-free gardening practices. There are many agricultural producers who have done it. You can use the same tricks to help your own garden. And the planet.

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Organic chemical-free gardening basics:

1. Pick appropriate plants

Not all plants are appropriate for the area you live in. While you might be able to control the temperature, humidity, and rain conditions inside your house, you can’t do it out in the garden. If you pick appropriate plants for your area, you may be able to avoid using fertilizers and saving on water too. Research what plants are native to your surrounding areas and try planting them in your own garden. Wildflowers are just that. They can pretty much be left alone and will thrive in most areas. Plus, wildflowers are important for many insects such as bees. As I have said already several times, bees are on the list of endangered species now. So let´s help them by planting local wildflowers!

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2. Pick natural repelling plants

You don’t need to rely on poisons to keep away garden ruining pests and mosquitoes too. Many plants produce chemicals that repel these animals naturally. By putting them in or around your garden, you can keep your garden safe with little effort and no chemicals. Plus, you can pick parts of these plants and use them to make products to keep them away from you too. One of those plants which are very handy in this respect and useful to you as well is garlic.

If you don’t want to plant natural repellents in your garden, then you can use them to spray your plants without harming them or adding artificial chemicals to your garden. Many herbs like hot pepper, vanilla, and lavender can help repel insects from your garden.

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3. Pull weeds

We’re all looking for a quick and easy way to safely get rid of weeds without chemicals, but the good old-fashioned way is still very effective. If you take time every day to pull the weeds you can find, you’ll only take a few minutes so it doesn’t seem like a lot of work. You can even get the kids involved, just be sure to do it properly so you don’t spread the seeds around. There are even some common weeds that are edible, just make sure there are no pesticides that could have gotten on them. In my post on “How to attract wildlife into your garden” I recommend leaving a corner of your garden where you let weeds grow to give habitat to many useful animals. These animals are your allies in your organic chemical-free gardening practice, so obviously you want them to feel at home.

4. Crop rotation

Farmers all over the world use crop rotation to naturally fertilize plants and to keep the soil healthy. The concept is to change what crop you’re putting in a certain field each year. Plants use different nutrients and put other nutrients back into the soil. Therefore, if you rotate crops that replace the nutrients the other plants use, you will have to fertilize the soil less.

You can use this same concept in your garden by planting different plants every year, or just rotating where you put specific plants in the garden. This is especially useful in your vegetable garden part and an absolute winner for organic chemical-free gardening as the plants are doing the job of fertilizers.

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So, you’ve made all these changes and now you are practicing low-water, organic chemical-free gardening? Well, you still haven’t done the most important thing: pass it on! One garden can make a dent, but more can make a bigger difference. Tell your friends, teach your kids, you can even visit their school and teach your kid´s friends! Every little bit helps to make a better world.

You might also enjoy reading: Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden, How to attract wildlife into your garden, How to make your own bird feeders, Gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden and 10 good reasons to start going green.

Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden

Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden
Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden
Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden
Learn how to change from using harming, unhealthy products in your garden to organic chemical-free gardening practices. This post introduces the basics #greenlivingtips #ecotips #gardening #gardeningtips #tjalvasdiy #ecogarden

Attract wildlife into your garden

I promised in the podcast “Why you should attract wildlife into your garden” to do another explaining how to attract wildlife into your garden. Seeing that it is World Wildlife Day soon, here it is in honour of this day.

There are soo many things you can do to attract wildlife into your garden! Far too many to mention them all here. So today I am going to show you some of the basics of how to attract wildlife into your garden. And over time I will add more detailed posts. So, keep your eyes open 🙂

In a climate-friendly garden, you plant strategically to attract natural predators to take care of the pests you don’t want in your garden. Here are some ways you can work toward attracting wildlife to help you care for your garden naturally. Doing this means you don’t need to use chemical pesticides or unnatural practices to keep a healthy garden which is not only better for the environment, but for you and your family as well.

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Please note that this page contains affiliate links. If you purchase anything using them, I may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. I only provide links to products of which I think they are useful to you and relevant to what I blog about. These commissions allow me to continue providing value on this blog and my podcast by hopefully covering the cost. For more information please read my disclosure & privacy policy.

Plant trees, hedges and shrubs

If you still can fully plan your garden then plan in to plant a variety of trees and shrubs in many different sizes and types. These will provide food for birds, bees, and other wildlife that are beneficial for your garden. Providing nesting sites for many different types of animals is good for the ecology of your garden.

Should you not be able to plan your full garden anymore, then try to incorporate bushes and shrubs. And think twice before cutting down a tree. Apart from attracting wildlife into your garden and providing shelter and food for them, they also give your home shade in summer which will keep it cooler.

Keep the deadwood

Dying trees or parts of a dying tree have a big use to gardeners. They are habitats for organisms that keep your garden ecosystem healthy. Fungi, mosses and insects will attract birds to them who will eat them. They are also habitats for snakes, lizards and other animals, so locate them strategically. And don’t worry: garden snakes are good because they eat rats and small mammals or slugs and other insects that will otherwise eat the food from your garden.

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Create water features to attract wildlife into your garden

Creating water features can also bring wildlife to your garden, such as frogs. Ensure that your water features are water catchment systems. Save rain water by investing in containers to catch the water. You can also save your gray water from your washer or shower if you ensure that you use the right types of soaps and detergents that are safe.

Water is important for all wildlife you want to attract into your garden, including birds, bees, butterflies, dragon flies…

Keep some grass long

Plant longer grasses in some areas of your lawn. It provides cover for small animals, reptiles and caterpillars. If you leave some of your grass uncut throughout the year, alternating the areas every couple of years to avoid the grass from becoming too coarse, then you’ll create plenty of places for these animals to be where they help not harm your garden. You can also make some seed bombs with your kids including wild flowers into your long grass areas.

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Plant variety

It’s important to plant a diversity of different types of plants that are native to your area, and the right plants for the climate of your area. You can often discover many varieties at locally owned garden centers as opposed to chain garden centers. Doing so will help cut down on pests and on problems with plants which are not cut out for your climate.

Encourage wildflowers

Don’t automatically get rid of all wildflowers as “weeds”. Some of them are beautiful and they can be very valuable to improve the ecology of your garden. They also provide food for insects and butterflies which can encourage pollination of your plants, but less eating of your plants. Nettles are especially helpful for providing a breeding area for butterflies.

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Put up bird houses and nesting boxes

If you’d like more birds in your garden, you can put up nesting boxes on walls, in fences and in trees facing the right way to provide shelter for birds. Put them up at least six to seven feet off the ground to keep them protected. Be sure to clean these boxes each year when the birds have left the boxes to cut down on parasites.

In winter give birds food with those easy made bird feeders. The birds will thank you by staying the rest of the year as well catching mosquitoes and other unwelcome insects.

Create a rocky garden area

Lizards love to make their home in between rocks. Use rocks local to your area, make sure there are enough gaps, sunny spots and a water source nearby and you will attract them to your garden. They will help you controlling snail and grass hopper populations in return. The area doesn´t have to be big, just make them a homely corner.

The beautiful thing about climate-friendly gardening practices is that they naturally attract just the right wildlife to your garden, helping you protect against disease and pests naturally without chemicals and fuel-based pesticides.

I hope you have found a lot of ideas on how to attract wildlife into your garden. As I said before, there is more to come, so keep checking. What are you doing already to attract wildlife into your garden? Let me know in the comments.

You might also enjoy reading: How to make your own bird feeders, Green living & pets and Gardening tools for your climate-friendly garden.

How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving

How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving
How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving
How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving
How to attract wildlife into your garden. This post and podcast brings you the basics of how you can attract useful wildlife into your garden. #gardening #greenlivingtips #ecofriendlylife #tjalvasdiy #wildlife #greenliving

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