Monday, April 18, 2011

Tomato Seeds

This year I searched for heirloom seeds.  I would like to try to save tomato seeds for my next gardening years, and these seeds are open-pollinators.  After much research, I settled on the following five varieties, all cold-weather, disease-resistant, and canning varieties.

1.  Clint Eastwood's Rowdy Red
78 Days to maturity, mid-season

2. Silvery Fir Tree
55 Days, early-season

3. Legend
68 Days, early-season

4.  June Pink
68 Days, early-season

5.  Ilini Star
72 Days, mid-season

Louisiana Pink
79 Days, mid-season
Wilt resistant

Unfortunately, upon receiving my seeds, I promptly made a mistake.  I set my "Legend" seeds aside, thinking they were the FREE gift, and planted Louisiana Pink, thinking they were what I'd researched for so intently.

I used egg cartons, having poked holes into the bottoms.  I mixed peat and vermiculite.  Planted the seeds no more than 1/4 in. deep.  Lined the egg cartons onto a baking sheet, and set them in my south window.

I placed them into a plastic bag after watering them, then placed a heating pad underneath them.  I lined the bottom of each baking sheet with aluminum foil so that the heat will radiate to all the seeds, but I still turn them once each day.

I'm excited to see what will come of all my effort.  My start is a bit late, but should still get us our heirloom tomatoes and seeds.  I''l keep you posted as I take notes!

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