Seeds, seeds and more seeds, what will I do with all my seeds? I am crazy about growing plants from seed and have been growing heirloom tomatoes for several years for a seed bank. Each year I receive seeds of a tomato variety that needs to grown out for seed. This year I grew some amazing tomatoes. The weather was perfect for tomatoes, not too hot and not too cold.
As the plants began to produce their delicious fruit I found myself saving way more seeds than I needed. I mean you really only need a few seeds of each type to have a good crop. So what could I do with all the seeds? I knew I was sending hundreds of seeds to the seed bank but some tomatoes were ones I had grown for myself.
I try to grow tomatoes that you don’t see in the garden centers. There are thousands of different kinds of tomatoes to grow and it will take a lifetime to try them all. Here we have a five month long growing season so I try to grow a mix of short season, mid-season and late season tomatoes so I always have plants fruiting. I grow only heirloom plants and grow them using organic methods.
So here’s the thing, I have hundreds of packages of tomato seeds that have been carefully fermented, dried and packaged. I even developed some pretty packaging for them. Yes, I will be selling some seeds for the first time. People always ask me which tomatoes I love the best. I do have my favourites.
Peacevine is a cherry tomato that produces huge clusters of fruit all summer long. Best tasting cherry in my opinion but them I haven’t tried all of them yet. Peacevine is an indeterminate plant growing to about 5′ high and will need staking.
Stupice is a golf ball sized red tomato that is an early producer and good for short season climates. This plant grows to about 3′ but will need some staking.
San Marzano is a paste tomato prized by chefs. I used it to make tomato sauce for winter meals and its lovely, full of rich flavour. San Marzano’s oblong shaped fruit tends to ripen a bit later in the season but when they do you will have lots of fruit.
Kellogg’s Breakfast is the first large orange beefsteak that I have had produce here on the west coast. The first fruit weighed in a 1.5 lbs and subsequent fruit was at least 3/4lb in size. If you are going to grow beefsteak tomatoes on the west coast I would recommend starting them inside so they go outside as large transplants.
My list can go on forever but this is what I have for seeds this year:
Sweetie– A red cherry which is super sweet, cold tolerant and indeterminate.
Kellogg’s Breakfast– An orange beefsteak tomato producing fruit between 3/4-1 1/2 lbs in late summer.
Black Cherry– Lovely brownish-red cherry tomato, indeterminate plant so will need staking. Love this one!
Red Pear-Heirloom red pear-shaped fruit that you can pop in the mouth. Indeterminate plants to 5′.
Peacevine-Delicious red cherry tomato, one that I grow every year. Indeterminate.
Dwarf Orange Cream– Medium sized orange beefsteak about 3′ high on strong stems.
Victoria Dwarf #1-Awesome red tomato with some green shouldering that grew just over a foot high in my garden. Good for containers.
Dwarf Arctic Rose– Red medium beefsteak tomato with some ribbing on top and has great flavour.
Dwarf Wild Fred-Purplish-red fruit about 8 ounces in size. Strong stems and can be grown in containers.
San Marzano-Red paste tomato for cooking or fresh eating
Stupice-Red 1″ tomatoes and good flavour, short season tomato. Tolerates cool climates.
Each packages contain 20 seeds and this was done because I never grow more than two plants of the same kind for myself. I want the seeds to be fresh as possible for the best germination. All seeds were harvested in 2016. As you can see above I have tried to use the lightest packaging as we all know what shipping costs are like. I will ship anywhere in Canada. Check out my new store here: That Bloomin’ Garden