Monday, February 25, 2013

finally starting tomato seeds!

I finally started my tomato seeds this weekend.  I figured it was time.  I keep hoping for spring every single week, but for some reason this keeps on happening:

the top of the chicken fence caving in

I actually find it really entertaining (in a twisted sort of way) that I am so upset about the snow.  I mean, I do live in Maine, it is pretty much inevitable that it will snow in February.  However, I think the past few years have really shifted my thinking about what winter is like.

Last year we had some extremely warm temps way before winter is typically done in my part of the country. I was planting peas early, like the first week in March.  My gardens were cleaned out, and I only had a teeny tiny bit of snow left in the shaded parts of our yard.  It was similar the year before.  Lots of warm temps, and very little snow.

This year, it seems, winter is hanging on.  But, there are some positives to having snow and cold and not too many warm weeks.  The snow gives the ground a good amount of moisture, which helps the apple trees.  If the temperature gets warm for an extended period of time, the apple trees wake up from their winter slumber and start budding.  Of course we always get another freeze before spring really arrives, which means the apple trees don't do as well.  Budding, then dying off, and then trying to bud again isn't the best for this fruit, or any plant I would imagine!

Back to my tomatoes.  I started 36 tomato plants.  9 each of:

Amish Paste
Pink Berkeley Tie Dye
Pantano Romanesco

Do I need 36 tomato plants?  Well, of course I do!  Doesn't everyone plant that many tomato plants?!  Honestly, I doubt that my seeds will take off spectacularly.  I know that tomatoes are hard to start indoors, and that is why I planted so many seeds.  I think that if I can get half of each type to grow from seed, I will be incredibly excited.  Heck, if I can grow one tomato plant from seed I will be over the moon!  And if all 36 plants take off, well, I will open a roadside stand and sell seedlings to my neighbors (along with eggs if my chickens keep their production up!

Spring fever has officially set in.  Now, if only spring would hurry up and get here!

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  1. I'm in MA and I too had forgotten that winter doens't gracefully exit around the middle of February, leaving me to dream of my garden. I am sure that I had already started seeds in my greenhouse at this time last year, but I am waiting a little longer. I started my peas in the greenhouse really early last spring and then put them out and had truly the best experience growing them I've ever had! I also grew way too many tomatoes, something close to 36 and had a little issue with fungus, so I have resolved to skip tomatoes this year. I know some volunteers with show up and I will let them grow and continue this vicious cycle, but I promise to not deliberately plant them!

  2. Just keep dreaming of all those juicy red tomatoes you'll have.

    You asked where I ordered the wooden pegs from to make the owls. It's from an online store in Maine called The pegs are cheap - I ordered a ton as I plan to make other creations :-)

  3. :) Found your post on Clever Chicks and would love to have you join The HomeAcre Hop on Thursdays at:

  4. I purposely overplant tomatoes each year. Although we only eat a few of them fresh, I've found that I can wash the ripe tomatoes, cut them in half & store in the freezer. When I'm in the mood for salsa I simply pull out the amount that I desire and allow them to thaw. I drain some of the juice and put the tomatoes in the blender, add seasoning and whatever fresh veggies I have like jalapenos, onions, etc and spin 'em around until they're smooth. I enjoy fresh salsa, there's not much preparation at all and there's no extra landfill trash. Win/win/win! Thanks for posting. (visiting from the Homestead Hop)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Tx

  5. Yay for lots of tomatoes, I plan to do that as well! I'm hoping to can and freeze as much as possible this Fall and since we consume so much I better get a plan in Place!

  6. I'm with you! I'm in Vermont, and also spent a snowy weekend indoors sowing tomato seeds (also the subject of today's post). ;-)
    Hanging in there with you as count down the days to more sunshine and warmth!!

  7. Haha I love your tomato numbers---but you seriously do a ton with them! I was just walking around again looking at stuff in the yard. We had an unusually short and warmer winter here--- I can hardly believe it's already spring-ing here! It's coming your way--I promise :) And I hear ya about the comment moderation--but there are a lot of weird spam oriented peeps out there!

  8. I think you might be surprised how many of your seeds germinate! Like you said, sell plants OR grow them all and can, can, can!! LOL!!

  9. That's a lot of tomatoes. How awesome! Nothing better than fresh, home-grown tomatoes. I can't wait :)

  10. I feel like we're having the never-ending winter here in southern New England too!

    Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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