Monday, March 8, 2010
Time to talk tomatoes
I grew heirloom tomatoes for the first time last spring.
I was fortunate to have a very successful tomato season and we got to try many new varieties that we had never tasted before:
Call it a quirk, but I always have to have a favorite and, last October, I blogged about my new favorite tomato, the Riesentraube, the most delicious heart-shaped cherry-type tomato imaginable:
Now it's the new year and guess what time it is? It's indoor tomato-starting time! Would anybody like some heirloom tomato seeds?
Saved at the end of last season, the tomato seeds I have to share are:
* Riesentraube - an heirloom German cherry-type tomato
* Egg Yolk - a sweet, yellow tomato about the size and color of an egg yolk
* Starpit Imperial - a sweet, red tomato, approximately 2 to 3" in size
About a week ago I sowed a number of new "test" tomato varieties, a few old stand-bys, and some of my own saved seeds from last year. They're growing well:
Again, your choices are:
In October, my potted Riesentraube was still going strong so I moved it into the house to avoid the frost:
2) Egg Yolk tomatoes:
These grew anywhere from this ping pong ball size:
to a larger handball size:
and 3) Starpit Imperials:
You may find an occasional Starpit tomato looking like this:
...but mostly they will look more like this:
I have done my own viability test on the seeds I saved and am pleased to say that they do sprout:
So, let me know if anyone is interested in trying any of the heirloom tomatoes that were the biggest hits in my garden last year.
I don't have a huge quantity of seeds, but I do have more than I can possibly use and would love to share.
**3/09/10 UPDATE: In the comments section of this post, I have included an email address that you can send your seed requests to! :-) **