Potting Up Tomatoes
|Tomatoes Before Repotting|
I was a bit concerned that they may be root bound, but when I took them out of the cell packs, the roots looked pretty good:
|Tomato Roots - Looking Good|
Let me take a little detour here – I promise there is a tomato point to this! I LOVE my coffee. Up here in Canada, Tim Hortons is somewhat of an institution. There is one on practically every corner – literally. Sometimes you even see them across the street from each other – a full size, sit-down coffee shop on one side and another Tim’s in a gas station on the opposite side – just in case you don’t want to cross the street – I’m not kidding!
Up until recently, Tim Hortons, unlike most other coffee shops, didn’t have coffee sleeves. When you take your coffee black, like I do, the cups get pretty hot and it is often hard to hold them without moving them back and forth between your hands. So, most of the time, they would double-cup black coffees. Now, being the frugal person that I am, I kept all of those extra cups. In the back of my mind I knew exactly what I would be using them for – repotting tomatoes! See....I told you this would all come back to tomatoes!
|Large Tim's Cup - My Tomato Pot of Choice|
|Drainage Holes Created|
|Seedling on Left - Prepped with Lower Leaves Pinched Off|
Seedling on the Right - Waiting it's Turn
|In Goes the Tomato Seedling|
I then placed soil around the root ball & all the way up to within about ½” of the top and firmed it down gently with my fingers.
|Stem is Now Buried & Will Hopefully Develop into a Nice Large Root System|
Lastly, all the cups were placed on a sturdy tray with high sides that would make it easier to move the seedlings in order to water, etc., without them toppling over.
Guess what this "tray" used to be in a former life. Let me give you a hint:
|Something Old Is New Again - Or Useful Again, Anyhow|
On the Left - My OLDEST Tomato Seedlings
On the Right - J's Seedling
|Mine is on the Right & J's is on the Left|
My Babies Have Grown!
Till next time… ☺