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Mar. 24, 2011

The Best Tomato

by Carl Flatow

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Finally, this year, I started some seeds early. Inspired by my success harvesting arugula all winter in my hoop-house. The hoop-house is all gone, now, and some young spinach plants are out in tonight’s spring snow shower with the arugula that just won’t quit in my bared plot. My strawberries have started to come back. My raspberries are sprouting green leaves. And I just scored about 50 lbs of fresh horse manure that I’m going to turn into my compost pile! All’s right with the world (in my back yard).

But I have started some tomato plants in my sunroom from seeds I saved (claimed from last year’s fruit), and seeds I had left in old packets. I was disappointed with my Sungold’s that came from seeds I had saved the year before. I suspect they cross-pollinated, despite my best efforts to isolate them.

In that light, let me suggest an article in the NY Times I just read about heirloom seeds and then I’d like to ask you folks to give it up. Please share with me (and everybody else) the best tomatoes you’ve grown in your garden from seeds. Tell us all about them — why you love them, where you got them and in what region you grow them. Share the wealth, please. It’s not too late.

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