Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tip from Mom #29 - Saving Seeds


Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Tomatoes' Journey: Saving your Seeds - Part 15

If you've stayed with me this long on My Tomatoes' Journey, perhaps you are thinking that you'd like to grow tomato plants again next year. And perhaps you've already forgotten about all the setbacks and confidently think, "sure, I can do this next year". If that is the case, you may want to consider saving seeds from your plants this year to grow next year. Here's how to do it:



Take seeds from some of the first fruit you pick from your plants and let them dry out on a paper towel. You can use seeds from fruit picked later in the season, but I've been instructed (by a successful tomato growing friend) that it's best to use seeds from fruit early in the season. Apparently you'll have better success with your plants. 


Then, simply wrap those seeds in a dry sheet of paper towel, seal them in a plastic baggie, and label the baggie. 


Keep them in a cool, dry place until you're ready to plant next year. 

If you want to plant multiple varieties of tomato plants, be sure to keep seeds from each type of tomato plan you'd like to grow. Just be sure to keep those seeds separate by variety so you can easily identify them. 

Before you know it, February will be here, and it'll be time to begin this crazy process all over again!

Check out my other posts on My Tomatoes' Journey.

Monday, August 4, 2014

My Tomatoes' Journey: The First Fruit! - Part 14


I've been a little delinquent in providing updates on my tomatoes. Over the last week or two, my tomatoes started turning red, and I was able to pick my first fruit! What a glorious day that was. I prepared over six months for this day since The Beginning, and I certainly enjoyed every bite. I made a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich with it. 

Here are a few other pictures of different varieties that I planted this year:


 

My tomatoes have not gone unscathed though. Birds started pecking away at my beautifully ripening fruit! Buggers. If it continues, I may lay some netting over my plants. 


After a rocky beginning and a few near misses, I'm quite shocked that my tomatoes have turned out as good as they have this year. All the hard work payed off. I feel a little bit like I'm having pregnancy amnesia though. I forget about the emotion and tears [not really tears] I went through to grow these little "babies". But after I take a look at the first piece of fruit that I grew and cared for, I forget all the pain and suffering. I'll certainly do it all again next year. :)

Stay tuned for my next tomato post where I will explain how you can save your seeds from this year for next year. 

Check out my other posts on My Tomatoes' Journey.