Seeds, Seeds and More Seeds!

Seeds Seeds and More Seeds
Peacevine tomato

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.

Seeds Seeds and More Seeds
Kellogg’s Breakfast Tomato

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.

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Stupice Tomato

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.

Seeds Seeds and More Seeds

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’ GardenĀ 

Happy Gardening!

Kristin

kristin@thatbloomingarden.com

 

 

 

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