For early summer tomatoes, start your tomatoes NOW!
If you wait until the weather is warmer, your plants will not mature until mid-summer. Our summer temperatures bring too many challenges to the plant and all your hard work could be wasted. It’s best to get an early start. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to start the variety called, “tomatoes on the vine” from seed.
My favorite garden tomato is simply, “tomatoes on the vine”, found in your local grocery store. The plants that I have grown from these tomatoes have flourished and are the most productive variety I have ever grown. In fact, I learned this by mistake as they came up as volunteeers in my compost pile and were the most successful and bountiful of ALL my tomatoes!
Tomatoes on the vine are very versatile, great for fresh salads, or for cooking. The variety is offered as an organic tomato on rare occassion where I live. I doubt they are hybrid (because they grow true to the original fruit), but I feel sure that the variety has been developed. If you are wanting to grow only heritage varieties, these might not be what you are looking for.
If you have a favorite variety from the grocery store, please research the variety to make sure it’s not a hybrid. Hybrid seeds will not produce fruit true to the parent fruit.
Harvesting tomato seeds is so easy, it’s downright lazy!
- Buy the tomato from your local grocery store. Be sure they are truly “tomatoes on the vine”. I have not personally tried any other variety from the grocery store.
- Slice the top off of one tomato.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. (I use a grapefruit spoon.) Place on a small plate, goop and all. Spread them out for easy access in a few minutes.
- If you want to dry them for future use, smear/spread them out on a paper towel. No need to wash the seeds. Later, when you want to plant the seed, just tear the bit of paper that the seed is on and plant the whole thing as described below. The paper will disintegrate.
Now, go to the store asap and see how easy it is! Summer will be here before you know it and you will want your tomatoes harvested by early Summer.
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