Tomatoes: How to get the ‘best’ germination for tasty summer fruit – when to sow


Tomatoes run on warmth, which is why they tend to be grown in the springtime. To grow tomatoes successfully, gardeners need rich, fertile soil to ensure the best crop possible. One expert has shared top tips on how to get the “best” germination this spring.

Kate Watkinson of Burpee Europe told “Tomatoes are the mainstay of any UK garden and nothing beats picking your own that you have grown.

“The smell and the flavour of these tasty treats bring back happy memories of childhood.

“But just how do you get started when sowing tomato seeds?”

According to the expert, the middle of April is the “usual time” for sowing tomato seeds.

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) explained: “Herbs grow best with full sun and light, well-drained, moisture-retentive, fertile soil with plenty of organic matter incorporated.

“For a continuous supply, sow seeds of ones that rapidly run to seed, coriander and dill for example, on a fortnightly basis throughout spring and summer.

“Choose several cultivars, where available with different maturing times to help to keep the herb garden productive.

“Pot up herbs such as chives, mint, parsley or tarragon grown outdoors and bring them in for the winter, standing them on a south-facing windowsill.”


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