Mar 22, 2010

Seeds... Start Your Engines

Finally, I think I can breathe again. 

I have been holding my breath for the past few weeks just waiting ,wishing ,  hoping  and praying for my tomato seeds to show some interest in becoming plants. Little by little they have shown just the tiniest signs of life...then a wham bam over the weekend and  they have made major leaps towards planthood!It feels so good to know that I have managed yet again to bring forth a little bit of green into my world. I panic every year waiting to see if there will be sprouting. And of course if there is any problem I thoroughly blame myself, because of course I know that I have saved my seeds to long, or watered my starter too much.....or too little. I keep it too cold in my plant room, or too dark. Then when that little bend of pale green shows I let out my breath and relax....but only for a moment, because now I have to keep them alive long enough to make the garden. But for now I am a success.


So without further ado comes the list of tomatoes that I have chosen to grace my garden this season.

2010 Tomato List:

Dona

Gregory

Mr. Brown's

Alyx Little Yellow Sun

German Red Strawberry-8 year old seed, and the only ones that haven't shown any interest in sprouting, but I have hope.

Muchamiel

Bonny's Best

Brandywine

Black Russian

Purple Calabash

Spear's Tennessee Green

Basinga

Jaune Flamme

Orange Minsk

Nicholson's Yellow Cherry

Riesentraube

Orange Sunrise

Whippersnapper

and

One that I am calling: 

Berti's Red Fig

This is one from seeds I saved out of a restaurant grape tomato in 2007. It didn't make the garden in 2008, but did in 2009. It grew 2 different forms of cherry types, one the usual grape type red which was okay for taste, and so so for production. The other was shaped more fig like, and was just dripping with fruit. I believe that it is called a 'multiflora'. The flavor was not the best I have ever tasted, but still really nice. So I saved seeds from that plant and I will keep growing out the desired form until it is stable.


Now all that is left for me to do is to keep these alive for the next two months. Piece of cake!


.......Yeah sure.





Mar 15, 2010

Seed Starting Time 2010!

It is that time again folks!! Yup, that's right , the time of year when I start waxing poetic about produce. About July's cooling , crunchy Cucumbers,  Augusts flaming HOT peppers and Tomato-y bounty...about Eggplants and Edamame...Pumpkins and Zucchini, and all of the other beautiful, tasty, tempting fruits and vegetables that grow in my humble garden,yet never cease to amaze me.

Wow, that is still a world away, but as of this afternoon, I have spied more little cups with seeds breaking the surface than not. That means it is okay to start posting. I always wait til I am pretty sure that the seeds will sprout before I post as I really don't want to jinx myself....*knock wood*.


I wont be listing the tomatoes that have been chosen just yet as they have only begun to poke there little seedy heads out of the starter...just that tiny little bend of pale green is visible at surface level. Oh how I love that sight. But it is still too early yet for them.  The Peppers are playing with me... the Hot Cherry's have sprouted and look strong and willing. The rest are either empty little cups of starter...or two little 'Gypsy' seeds that are in the bend stage of sprouting. So peppers remain nameless for the time being as well. Eggplants on the other hand are up and doing well. With the exception of one variety, but even it looks promising.


So for now I am going to postpone the posting of my 2010 seed list until at least next week. That will give me a better idea of how successful I am at this point. And even if there is no vital change I will post anyways,  and then update as I go with the varieties that ended up not being viable...if there are any .



*P.S.  I really did knock wood when I wrote that.