This is by far the riskiest method in temperate climates such
as in the UK. It is only
suitable for those areas which have a last frost date in MARCH.
In all other areas, the soil is unlikely to be warm enough at a
time which will allow the tomato plant to develop and fruit.
soil temperature must be at least 15°C (60°F) at the time of
sowing and during germination. Click here to buy a cloche or
cold frame from our recommended suppliers. This will warm the
soil prior to planting and protect the plants in their early
Soil preparation needs to be done as described in the main
Using a trowel, dig a shallow drill 2.5cm deep (1in) deep in the
prepared bed. Place two seeds every nine inches in the drill and
cover the seeds to a depth of 2.5cm (1in). Water well if the
conditions are at all dry.
The seedlings should emerge in about 10 days. When they are 5cm
(2in) tall, thin to one plant every 45 to 60cm (18 to24in). The
plants can then be cultivated as described in the main article.