Our balcony has two planter boxes, one has some shrubbery growing in it the other is just dirt. We decided it would be fun to grow a tomato plant in the other, but we have never seen tomato starts anywhere local.
While shopping at the Bodega we found tomato seeds and a bag of “starter dirt” and decided to give it a try.
The dirt in the planter was hard and dry and had a lot of broken tiles in it but we loosened it up spread a layer of “starter dirt” sprinkled the seeds, and added another layer of starter dirt and hand
sprinkled it so as not to flood it and wash the seeds away.
The senor was insistent that we needed a sprinkler can. So I took a plastic water bottle using a needle punched a lot of holes in the top /cap end, filled the bottle up with water
put the cap back on and we have a great sprinkler bottle. After 2 days we have sprouts
After a week we have little tomato plants but a ton of grass also. So some judicious weeding took care of that and 10 days into this project we have 6-8 inch little tomato plants growing happily in the sunshine. Who knows we might get a tomato by mid March when we leave.
Signing off KO