Grow tomatoes from seed

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Growing tomatoes from seed means a greater choice of varieties, but one packet produces a lot of plants. Swap varieties with friends to get a better range.

  1. In spring or early summer, sow seed in a tray of seed raising mix. Place the tray in a warm sheltered place, away from frost, and keep the mix just moist.
  2. When seedlings emerge, thin to give them more space (about 5cm apart) or, one week after germination, prick them out into individual pots, taking care not to damage the roots.
  3. When the danger of frost has passed and seedlings are about 15cm tall with at least four strong leaves, plant them out into the garden.