Heirloom Tomato Plants, Tomato Seeds and How to Grow Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomato Plants, Tomato Seeds and How to Grow Tomatoes   Yes, anyone can grow great-tasting tomatoes… 95 percent of people who are gardeners in America grow tomatoes. This is probably because growing, harvesting, eating and sharing your own tomatoes provide a multitude of life-enhancing pleasures and nourishment. Almost anywhere you find food growing, you are likely to find tomatoes. […]

How to grow tomatoes – Heirloom Tomato

What is an Heirloom Tomato? Tomato terminology Growing Tomato Seed Growing Tomato Plants Growing Tomato Seed Problems Trellising your tomato plants Watering and plant fertilization Soil amendments Plant disease and pest management Harvesting your tomatoes Cleaning and storing tomato seeds Hot House Tomato Growing   PROPAGATING HOUSES Small propagating houses with fixed benches are not suitable for raising tomato plants […]

Baked Brandywines – Heirloom Tomato

Baked Brandywines       Ingredients: 4 large ripe Brandywine tomatoes of any variety 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/4 cup breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons freshly minced parsley 1 tablespoon sherry or sweet white wine 1 teaspoon olive oil Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a paring knife, cut a line of connected “v” shapes (like […]

Very Baked Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomato

Very Baked Tomatoes       Ingredients: 4 tomatoes 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced Chopped fresh herbs. A good start might be 2 tablespoons chopped basil. If you are using rosemary, which is stronger, use 1 tablespoon or less. Personally, I’m in the mix and match group, and use parsley, thyme, oregano and rosemary. […]

Canning Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomato

Canning Tomatoes       Carefully can tomatoes to avoid spoilage and food poisoning. Some tomato plants, even high-acid varieties, produce lower-acid fruits under some conditions. Always add bottled lemon juice or citric acid to avoid the risk of botulism. • Control spoilage by heat processing filled jars in a boiling water canner or a pressure canner. • Select only […]

Tomato Catsup – Heirloom Tomato

Catsup       Ingredients: 1/2 bushel of ripe tomatoes, paced 1 quart vinegar 2 tablespoons mustard 1/2 pint of salt 2 tablespoons black pepper 1 tablespoon cloves 2 tablespoons allspice 1 tablespoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 1 tablespoon cinnamon Preparation: Cook the tomatoes until very soft; press through a fine sieve to remove the seed, return to the kettle, […]

Drying Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomato

Drying Tomatoes       Sun Drying: Carefully wash and dry your tomatoes. Cut them in half lengthwise. If you decide to remove the seeds try not to remove the pulp. Use a spoon or your fingers to scoop out the seeds. To shorten the overall drying time, cut a slit in the sides of the tomatoes to facilitate air […]

Nemotodes – Heirloom Tomato

Beware the Nematodes! Tomato season is finally here! You’ve picked your favorite varieties, planted them in a sunny spot, lavished them with love, organic fertilizer, and compost, but you notice that something just isn’t right. The plants are stunted or growing poorly, leaves and stems are yellow, the tomatoes just aren’t happy. The culprit could be something you can’t see: […]

Gazpacho – Heirloom Tomato

Gazpacho       Ingredients: There are hundreds, probably thousands of gazpacho recipes: green, red, and white; smooth and chunky; thick and thin. This version evolved over many years to be my standard. This recipe makes enough for several meals, and the vinegar ensures that it keeps superbly. Please note that gazpacho recipes are flexible; a little more or less […]

Order Heirloom Tomato Plants

  1. Pick heirloom seeds from the Tomato Collections or individual heirloom tomato plants.   2. Review our basic growing guide and consult our helpful experts for specific advice. Detailed tomato growing information for the hot house or home grower.   3. Enjoy your harvest with some of our delicious recipes (and share yours)! Order Heirloom Tomato Seeds   Tomato […]