Springtime has a way of promoting growth in so many ways. We see the results of growth in plants as our surroundings turn from brown to green, and we see the growth in people as they try new things. My friend and co-worker Shannon came to me one day and told me she wanted to plant tomatoes, but she had never grown anything….ever. I had just found out that our Master Gardener speaker for April was a man known for his fabulous tomatoes. We made a plan to attend together.
Our speaker, Sputt Garnett of Yum Yum, TN, explained everything we ever wanted to know about tomatoes. I never really understood the difference between determinate and indeterminate, and I had certainly never seen tomato varieties like Black Prince. We were especially enthralled with the idea of the heirloom variety tomato, so we each purchased one Cherokee Purple tomato plant at the end of the workshop.
I explained to Shannon that I only had one growing season of tomatoes under my belt. I had planted them from seed last year during my first garden experience and had good success. Our excitement over tomatoes surpassed our need for dessert, so we headed next door to Wal-Mart to look at some plants. We explored the varieties but left the store with a $5.00 purchase: one envelope of Rutgers tomato seeds and one Jiffy Seed Starter Greenhouse. Continue reading Meanwhile, Back at The Ranch: We’re Growing More Than Tomatoes