My first gardening adventure

Kartman

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I wish I had of found this forum before i started this journey, as I think I have made a few rookie mistakes. But what the heck give it a go and see how they grow. Any help comments appreciated.

Ordered seeks from overseas and they arrived in OZ 1 week later. Very impressive.

Decided to plant two seeds both Autos (of course), Mango and AK47, saved the Bubblegum for later, no logic to that idea.

Right now it is building up to our wet season so very hot and starting to get humid. Basically low 30 degrees (90 F) during the day and low 20's at night (70 F) humidity 40 to 50%. Since I am in the tropics days are usually 12 hours sunlight give or take a little.

Placed seeds in store bought potting mix (stole some from the wife's tomatoes) took care of them for a few days then went away with the fur baby and when I got home they had sprouted.

Then decided to move into their final pots and this part is my favourite peice of the exercise so faR. Took the mother-in-law shopping for all the stuff I needed, pots, potting mix, perlite etc. You have no idea how much fun it is discussing with your M-I-L about how to grow really good tomatoes.

Since I hadn't yet discovered this forum I bought two different types of tomato and herb potting mix and mixed these with a little home soil and probably 5% perlite. Pots would be about 12 - 15 Litre plastic pots (3 to 4 gal).

Spent the first few days just exposing them to the morning sun and moved them into a cooler spot in the afternoon.

Have now moved them into their final spot in the garden. They would be in direct sun for till about 2 pm then under the shade of a couple of fruit trees.

Also put some mulch around the front of the plastic pots to stop them getting too hot.

Have been watering them with about a cup of rainwater twice a day, it is pretty hot and the soil dries out very quickly, also that is what we do with real tomato seedlings so i thought that would work.

Photos are two weeks out from putting seeds in the potting mix, or about a week since they first peaked their little heads out of the soil.
 

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Looking good buddy! Keep us posted about your tropical garden!
 
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Kartman

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Nov 21, 2019
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Week 3 - from start.

I have to keep remembering this first planting is just for shits and giggles.....

It got pretty hot this week, low 30C and 60% humidity. So I decided to bury each of the pots to try and limit their exposure to the sun. Because of that I bought a moisture meter which then tells me that I have been over watering them so I have gone from watering twice a day to every two to three days. Not sure if it is related to that but both plants seems to have started growing much faster. For a week or so they barely grew and what growth they did have was almost straight up. They are also getting an extra little bit of sun as i moved them out a little from the bigger trees in the garden.

The end of some of the early leaves on the bigger plant got some yellow which might be either the weather or too strong soil, but it seems to be OK now and the new leaves are fine.

One of the plants fell over when i buried the pot so i just pushed the soil down and it stood up ok. Then a few days later it got a lean on it but it seems happy otherwise so i have the attitude that it wants to grow sideways so i let it be.

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AK47


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Mango

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