I have always lined my deck with 25 boxes of flowers. But as the price of flowers climbed, I started collecting the seeds and growing my own under lights in the basement. I love doing this as it gets my hands in soil in January and I can watch the baby plants sprout and unfurl at the same time I am out snow blowing in below freezing weather.
When I started a vegetable garden a friend recommended a certain heirloom tomato - the Rose tomato - and bought me my first plant.
This is a picture of a store bought tomato
They are bred to look “perfect” and for long shelf life.
Unfortunately the taste has been bred right out of them and they have little meat. They usually look like this:
This is a Rose.
They are not always pretty
Sometimes they are downright strange
But they are large, usually at least 5 inches across and taste amazing. One slice covers a sandwich and hangs out the sides.
And they are so dense that they don’t make a sandwich soggy. In fact, I have to dig around to find seeds to save.
To save tomato seeds I soak them in water for a couple of days. This helps remove the gelatin casing and separates the good seed from bad. Floaters don’t make the cut.
Then I dried them for a couple of weeks.
And store them until next March when I plant them under grow lights to start the process all over again.
I usually grow 4 different varieties of large fruit and 3 varieties of cherry tomatoes. This year I was introduced to the Kellogg Heirloom which is similar to the Rose but yellow and ripens a little earlier. It’s a keeper.
My vegetable and flower gardens are winding down for the year but I feel they still live on as I collect and process seeds in preparation for next year.
If anyone is interested in any tomato seeds shoot me an email (listed under my profile). I’d be happy to share this amazing tomato with you.