We had an exciting event on our suburban homestead yesterday.
our family was greeted by our friendly heirloom tomatoes as they poked their first leaves and stems through their warm seed-starter beds.
Our heirloom tomato seeds were started four weeks earlier this year. We hope to harvest the entire crop of ripe tomatoes before the arrival of our always too early - late September frost and snow.
In four weeks our tomato plants will be transplanted into larger pots. At the end of April the plants will be moved outside into a thermostat controlled cold frame until they can be planted in our raised garden beds at the end of May.
The countdown has begun ….
Our goal for the first picked ripe heirloom tomato is July 3rd.
Here is a list of the varieties of heirloom tomatoes that we planted this year:
- Brandywine Red Heirloom
- Caspian Pink Heirloom
- Hillbilly Heirloom
- Purple Cherokee Heirloom
- Rutgers Heirloom
You can view information on these heirloom varieties and others at www.burpee.com.
Once grown, picked and eaten from your very own vine … there is absolutely no going back to store-bought tomatoes.
Those who agree grow their own.