All posts tagged: tomatoes

When Should I Start Tomato Seeds?

When DOES one start tomato seeds? That’s a good question!  I have had many people ask me about this, especially momma friends who would like to do this as a project with their kids. When should I buy tomato seeds? Usually, the best time to buy them is in January of the year that you plant to grow the tomatoes.  That’s when the seed catalogs start rolling out, and garden centers start putting out the seed racks.  I would recommend taking your kids to the garden center to help you select seeds they think would be fun to try!  But if you would rather just order on line, I have provided a few links for you. How long does it take to grow a tomato plant from seed? To get a tomato plant that is big enough to grow outside, similar in size to a plant that might come in a 4pack at the garden center…..8-12 weeks Growing Time Depends on what variety of Tomato You Grow, so look at the back of the tomato …

Just One Bite?

Stop to find the forgotten few beneath the weeds like hidden jewels. Red, rose, yellow and green The most luscious fruits I’ve ever seen. They look glorious and plump from above. Fresh tomatoes I do so love. Stop to gather all the loot bend down and look to find the shoot From which to gently pry away My delectable prize for the day. Getting closer, drawing near Whiteflies fluttering around my ears. I’m so close, I can nearly taste it That beautiful tomato must not be wasted. The hunt is over, I’m ready to strike. Pruners at the ready, Grocery bag at my side. Stop for a moment. Remember the story of all it took to go from seed, to sprout, to flower, to fruit. So take one last look and remember the story while you stare at this fruit in all it’s glory. Mental picture taken. Pride has been gathered. There’s no mistakin’ This plant looks quite tattered. But dammit, we started this thing from a seed and we got it to make fruit …

I Garden Because I Can….Pun Intended

Why do you like gardening? This is a poem I wrote about what gardening means to me, during the summer of 2012, when my family and I took on a huge garden plot…we planted around 100 tomato plants, thinking only a few would survive…but almost all of them did! I was in over my head, and it was so much work, but it was an experience I’ll never forget! Since then, I have taken on much smaller gardens, only planting about 6 tomatoes a year.