, Newburyport, MA


February 27, 2013

Tim's Tips: Start growing tomato plants next month


In order for your seeds to sprout and grow properly, the soil needs to be kept warm. During the day, a sunny window will warm up the soil and the plants will be happy. If you leave the plants in the window at night, the soil will cool down because the sun isn’t there to keep it warm. The simplest way to help your seeding stay warm is to move them away from the window.

Another way you can achieve this is to use a “heat mat.” This is a rubberized mat that contains heating coils. This will keep the soil temperature at about 6 to 12 degrees above air temperature. If you use a grow light fixture and a heat mat, you could even start your seedlings in a spare bedroom or even if the basement.

If you need more information on starting seeds, stop by the store and we can steer you in the right direction.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.




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