Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

     It’s so hard to choose which varieties will make the grow list each spring.

That’s why the greenhouse will be filled again this year with lots of plants.

Extra, extra sale in May!

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A Basket Of Tomatoes

And so much more.

In January, while the Minnesota soil is frozen and buried in several feet of snow;

my gardening soul dreams of these delicious tomatoes.

Dramatic? Maybe, but really, it’s not just the delicious tomatoes.

It’s the process.

The seeds carefully saved and sorted.

The kitchen garden plan carefully drawn out of paper.

The day I drive to Farmer’s Seed And Nursery to chat with the workers,

and purchase my potting ingredients.

When I gather seed trays and fill them, and place those first seeds,

the temperatures are usually well below zero here when these chores occur.

I long for warm sunshine, time in the garden, ‘bring on the sweat” I say.

The house quiet and sun bursting through my windows this morning, I gathered tomatoes.

Kitties weaved through my legs, and dew dropped in my eyes as I practically crawled into the plants to reach the ripe ones.

My arms are stained with tomato stem juices and it’s a fragrance not available at department stores.

I’m a gardener.

And today I’m going to eat tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes

 

It’s good to have favorites!

It's good to have favorites!

No secret, I do love the Heirloom tomatoes!
I’ve been starting and growing them in my little greenhouse for 5 years now.
Each Spring I put out some little signs along the quiet roads that lead to my garden; and curious, friendly people wander up the long driveway to select some of my little plants.
It’s more for fun than profit–you know, a little seed money!
If you are in need of some Heirloom tomato seeds for your own garden this year, stop by my little Etsy garden store.
Some of my favorite varieties are there for sale.
All of my seeds are from chemical free plants. I harvest them from the best fruit throughout the growing season.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/downtoearthdigs

Bountiful Harvest

With fingers crossed in March

we planted tiny Heirloom tomato seeds.

Snow was piled all around the little greenhouse.

Heavy water buckets were hauled to feed the little seedlings.

A constant eye was on the heaters.

We are now enjoying this beautiful, tasty  assortment

of Heirloom tomatoes.

A beautiful rainbow of flavor