|A 'German Johnson' tomato almost ready to pick|
Should I start my tomato plants from seeds or buy tomato plants at the garden center?
I've done both.
If I start my tomato plants from seeds, the world is my oyster, or rather my tomato. With just a few clicks on the Internet I can order seeds for the exact varieties of tomatoes I want to grow.
I can grow old favorites, like 'German Johnson'. I can grow heirloom tomatoes. I can grow the newest hybrid tomatoes. I can grow cherry tomatoes and orange tomatoes and pink tomatoes and even green tomatoes. There is no limit, other than the size of my garden, on the variety of tomatoes I can grow if I start my tomato plants from seeds.
And as far as seed starting goes, tomato seeds are pretty darn easy to sow, germinate readily, and generally grow well indoors as long as you provide them with a lot of light.
Of course, the tomato seedlings do need a bit of care through the process. You have to water them, and make sure to give them a little bit of fertilizer, and maybe even pot them up to bigger pots before it's time to plant them out in the garden.
But did I mention you can find all kinds of amazing tomato varieties to purchase seeds for online?
On the other hand, if I don't start my tomato plants from seeds, I have to buy tomato plants at the local greenhouse or garden centers. And I have to settle for whatever varieties they have available. Most years, that's okay, as long as I can find a source for my beloved 'German Johnson' tomato.
Last year, I sort of had the best of both worlds. The owners of the local greenhouse grew a few 'German Johnson' tomato plants just for me. Wasn't that nice of them? I'm sure if I asked nicely, they'd do it again.
But I do like to start my tomatoes from seeds. And there are so many varieties I want to try. And I have the shelves and the lights and the flats and the soil. I just need the seeds.
I guess I have my answer to The Great Tomato Question.
What's your answer?