Summer is a perfect time to grow your own little tomato plant. Tomatoes love the warm weather and grow easily with a little TLC.
Step 1: Creating your own seeds from fresh tomatoes
- Cut your tomatoes in half and scoop out the insides into a plastic container.
- Write ‘Tomato Seeds’ on your container to make sure there are no mix-ups.
- Put the lid on top of the container but do not seal it so it gets enough oxygen.
- Put the container in a warm place but not in direct sunlight (it may be a bit smelly).
- Stir the container for the next 2-3 days until a thin layer of white mould grows on the surface.
- Put on gloves and scoop off the mouldy layer. The seeds will be at the bottom.
- Pour water in the container and let the seeds settle to the bottom.
- Pour the mixture through the strainer to catch the seeds and rinse them thoroughly.
- Spread seeds out on a dinner plate and leave to dry for 2 days.
Step 2: Planting your seeds
- Put the soil in your recycled jam jar (or other container).
- Push your seeds down a few centimetres below the surface. Don’t plant more than 5 as they need lots of space to grow.
- Put a small skewer into the soil so the growing plant vine has something to wrap around.
- Give your little plant lots of water.
- Put your tomato plant in a sunny spot with lots of air flow but away from strong winds.
- Sit back and watch them grow!
Water your plant every day first thing in the morning for the juiciest tomatoes.