Saturday, March 27, 2010

They are Sprouting

Well not to long ago I wrote about constructing the seed rack. I installed the shop lights put in plant florescent lights, planted the seeds, and then nothing. Unfortunately the basement was too cold and the lights, just not enough heat. So Naomi ordered some seedling heat mats from Horticulture Source. Then in almost no time at all we had some of our first sprouts, tiny basil sprouts.

Then came the onions and the gourds. The gourds seemed to explode out of the ground. In the morning there was not even a hint of action and then by the afternoon they towered above the dirt.

Next our tomato seeds sprouted which gave me a bit of relief. I had seed saved a couple of varieties from last year. One variety happened to be an heirloom of Naomi's aunt Nancy and the others were some heirloom tomatoes that I picked up at a farmers market in Little Rock, Arkansas.


  1. Congrats on the seed starting success and on saving the seeds from Naomi's aunt. It is really cool that you're preserving a family heirloom.

  2. Thanks, we received some tomato plants from her aunt last year. She wanted us to have them knowing that we would save the seeds and continue to use them each year. It felt like a large responsibility and I didn't want to make any mistakes. So it is a bit of a load off now that they have sprouted.

    And to be honest I am not really sure exactly what exact kind they are. They appear to be similar to a Roma but larger than your typical Roma. I will say that last year they were prolific in production. They were our best producing tomato plant.