We were only dreaming of spring when we ordered tomato seeds from Gurney’s heirloom selections: Brandywine, Roma, Rainbow Bell and Chocolate Cherry.
Then there were freak snow flurries when we first planted the seeds into flats.
The wind blew so hard that we had to pick up the plastic that had been stripped from the greenhouse. The flats went back into the building by the windows while we re-engineered the greenhouse enclosure.
We had late frost to scrape from the windshield when college students on their spring break helped us transplant the first seedlings into the individual six-packs. We lost a few labels that day, so we have a few mystery plants. But that’s okay—we like mysteries.
Winter and spring had their usual tug-of-war and many of the plants grew so much that they had to be again transplanted into 4-inch pots. Community people pitched in and when we counted, there were 700+ plants! We gave two plants to each person who attended the community baby shower on Saturday, May 4th. We sold plants at the community yard sale—our first marketing experience earned $6.50! They paid for some of the seeds.
The next phase of the Tomato Saga is yet to be told. We are looking forward with anticipation.