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.

All the necessary ingredients

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

Dry hard dirt in planter

sprinkled it so as not to flood it and wash the seeds away.

Hand sprinkling the seeds

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

sprinkling the seeds

put the cap back on and we have a great sprinkler bottle. After 2 days we have sprouts

day2 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

Author: zihuathyme

I'm a traveler, not as frequently as I would like , but I plan on doing more. After working full time at Mount Rainier National Park during the summer of 22 I have decided to retire completely and forever. Prior to that I was semi retired as a Wedding Officiant I officiated at about 20 weddings a season, and with my small delivery service I handled the distribution of a local high-quality Home and Garden magazine . Prior to my "semi retirement" I was in corrections and before that I owned and operated a bail bond agency. I now plan to travel to new places and exciting places, getting ready to do that as a solo as the Senior is no longer with me, his choice, and I am OK with that. For hobbies I'm a reader and love my kindle. And I enjoy writing.


  1. Really enjoy your blog! Currently counting down to our vacation in January. This year we are staying for 2 weeks instead of the usual 1 week. Really love this retirement thing!!


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