I should just give up.
For years I try to grow tomatoes from seed with varying degrees of success. In recent years, I have had more failures than successes.
But this was the year it was all going to turn around. I started my seeds in February, earlier than ever, so they would have plenty of time to grow nice thick stalks. I now have an interior south facing window upstairs in the new dormer, so the baby plants could be in a warmer room than the enclosed, though uninsulated, front porch. I didn’t put up the grow lights because I thought the sunlight would suffice.
It is now the middle of May and this is what I have.
It is pathetic. In addition, those stalks are so fragile that I lost 4 plants due to the stalks just breaking.
Compare these sorry specimens to today’s purchases at the Farmer’s Market, from three different vendors.
Now, a side by side comparison.
I don’t know why I bother trying to grow tomatoes from seed, but every year, without fail, I attempt it again. Others do it. Why can’t I? Hopefully I’ll have better luck next year.