Tomato Update!

Hi Everyone! I felt that Mother’s Day was the perfect day to update you on my tomato DIY. My plants have grown and Nancy has given plenty away to her friends. We decided today was the day to transplant some into their big pots.

Look how tall my tomatoes have grown. They’re about 10 inches tall.




Nancy and I chose these two pots to be the ones we transplant today. I think they’re perfect!


Nancy peeled back the peat pot sides and settled the plants into the larger clay pot. Then she added potting soil around them and packed down the new soil. After that, we gave them a big drink of water.








After we watered them, Nancy carefully pushed the tomato cages into the clay pots. The cages support the plants as they grow. They support the tomatoes when they grow too. I can hardly wait!











Now, we keep them watered, wait for them to bloom, and watch them grow some yummy tomatoes!

Dollie’s Tomato DIY – update 4/9/2017

Wow! The experiment worked, tomato seedlings everywhere!

My tomato slices sprouted a billion seedlings!
What am I going to do with all these babies?
The seedlings are jammed together.
Nancy helped me separate the seedlings into little peat pots.
Now, they need to grow big, so I can pot a few in large pots for the deck and give some away to friends.
Unfortunately, I had too many seedlings! Next time, I’ll slice the tomato slices much thinner!

Dollie’s Tomato DIY Update 03/16/2017

Hi everyone! Remember on March 1, I posted about my experiment to grow tomatoes from tomato slices? Well, I’m excited to report that – it works!

I planted the slices just like the video directed and then I went on vacation to the Grand Canyon. I left my pots with plastic covers over them to keep the soil moist and warm. When I came home and peeked under the plastic, there were a few seedlings popping up! Now there are bunches. When they grow a bit, I’ll have to thin them to just three plants in each pot. I’m keeping my hooves crossed that I keep doing things right! Has anyone else tried this yet? Let me know, please!

The plastic bags I used to make plastic tents for my tomato seeds. They kept the soil moist and warm.
Here I am checking on my experiment. Can you see the little seedlings?
This picture was taken yesterday, March 16, 2017, just over two weeks after I planted the tomato slices. Note to self – next time plant less slices or thinner slices!
This is a second pot. Tons of seedlings! I’ll have to share with friends who like tomatoes as much as I do! Yum!





















Dollie’s Tomato DIY- An Easy Way to Grow Tomato Seedlings



Hi everyone. Not every llama likes tomatoes, but I do! The above video from The Wannabe Homesteader site shows a simple way to start tomato plants from a sliced up tomato. I thought this would be a wonderful thing for children to try at home, with a parent’s help to slice the tomato!

So with the help of Nancy, I’m trying this and will update everyone on my success. If you try it too, please pass along your pictures.

Everything you need to start this tomato growing experiment. Peat pots, tomatoes, starting soil, cutting board, and knife.
I opened the starting soil and inspected it. Looks good!
Nancy filled the pots and sliced the tomatoes for me. She did a good job!
I gently packed the soil into the pots and laid the slices of tomato carefully on top.
Nancy covered the tomato slices with a thin layer of starting soil and gently pressed it down. I can almost taste my tomatoes!
I watch as Nancy carefully pours water into each pot to get the soil moist. I’m excited now!



































Let’s hope we see something sprout up soon!

Signed, Dollie Llama