http://xrl.us/umgc http://www.durgan.org/2%20February%202006%20Planting%20Tomato%20Seeds/HTML/index.htm 3 February 2007 Zone 5. Tomato seeds were started indoors today. The plants will have small fruit when planted outdoors in May and some will be ripe by about the 10 of June 2007. I expect a slightly warmer than usual season due to Global Warming. In my case this phenomena is serendipitous, so I am taking advantage of it. The fibre pot is soaked in miracle grow to give some nutrients about the time the seedling roots require it. The coffee filter is put into the bottom of the plastic pot to prevent soil from falling out of the drainage holes, and to facilitate transplanting into a larger pot with minimal root disturbance, when the seedlings reach the appropiate size. I have found if the fibre pot is used alone, it dries out too fast, since the fibre pot acts like a wick drawing moisture away from the seedlings. By putting soil around the fibre pot adequate moisture is kept in the area of the seeding, and watering is not so critical. Three seeds were used per pot, and as they grow the strongest will be kept and the others cut off at root level. I have previously tested this batch of seeds for viability by putting two or three seds of each variety in one pot and observing growth, a precaution since these seeds were saved from last years tomato crop. I expect nearly 100% germination. The compartmentized holding tray is more suitable than a flat tray since the pots are held more securely, when movng from place to place. Unfortunatley, the compartment size is slightly too small for the pots chosen, but it is adequate. My small heated outdoor green house will be utilized after the seeds sprout. For now, they are on a table in a warm place in the basement. Once sprouted they require more light than what is available in the basement. Artificial lights are not quite adequate for the strong healthy plants, that I desire. http://www.durgan.org/Blog/Durgan.html Garden Journal 2007.