Monday, January 12, 2009

Tomato seed fun

So you know when you get a pack of tomato seeds and you think: "Great, I really wanted to try an OP variety of Sungold or that weird varigated tomato that everyone says tastes so-so but it sure looks cool, but I don't want 15-30 plants!"

Well folks, I propose that we start swapping tomato seeds. If you are interested, I will send you three seeds of your chosen variety while supplies last and once they arrive. In return, I am looking for early to mid season tomatoes of varying kinds with a special interest this year in long storage types, drying types, hanging to store types weird types like 'stick / curl' and indoor dwarfs. This year you can choose from:

Black cherry
Purple plum
Tiny Tim
Sub-arctic
Variegated
Velvet Red
Red Robin
Principe Borghese
Grappoli d'Inverno
Chiapas wild
Red cluster pear (multiflora)

Make me an offer I can't refuse (3 seeds).

15 comments:

Dan said...

I could share some hillbilly seed but the only problem I have is I can not find my seed from last year. Give me a week or two and I will get back to you if I can find anything.

Ottawa Gardener said...

They grew legs? An unusual problem with seeds ;-) That's okay, I'm awaiting an order for many of the seeds I listed. Which were you interested in?

Susan Tomlinson said...

Well, I'm about to place an order for Aunt Ruby's German Green and Paul Robesons (on advice from Michelle of "From seed to Table"). Would you be interested in any of those?

Daphne said...

I like that idea, but this year I'm doing something weird with my tomatoes, so don't need anymore seed. I did save some Aussie seed from last year if you want it though. It is an 85 day tomato so might be hard to grow in Ottawa.

Ottawa Gardener said...

Susan: They both sound great, especially Paul Robesons but then I love black tomatoes. Which of the above were you interested in?

Daphne: 85 days is the outer limit when it comes for tomatoes for me but still doable. Were you interested in trying one of the above varieties?

Susan Tomlinson said...

Are any of those on the list cherry tomatoes?

Dan said...

Is 'Variegated' the one with variegated leaves?

Ottawa Gardener said...

Susan: Yes, the Chiapas Wild, Black cherry (larger cherry), and some dwarf ones. Were you looking specific characteristics? The Chiapas wild is wildly prolific with great flavour.

Dan: Yes, the Varigated is the one with the white and green varigation.

Sarah said...

I would love to try the Principe borghese and I have Galena yellow cherry tomatoes which are from a local seed saver and I think are really Galina, some open pollinated tigerella and a random pack of heirloom beefsteak tomato seeds that had an accident ( all the seeds fell on the floor) so who knows what you will get if you pick those!
The seed comes from the Slocan Valley here in BC and is from local seed savers.

Ottawa Gardener said...

Sarah: As soon as that variety arrives, I'll send some along to you. Contact me at ottawagadener@live.com and we'll exchange addresses. That goes for all of you. It might be fun to trade for 3 random 'beefstakes'.

Daphne said...

No I don't need any seed since my science experiment will take all my tomato space this year. I'll just send you some. BTW my Aussie actually ripened its first fruit at the same time as my Orange Blossom (a 60 day tomato). They both averaged it out and produced around day 75 - not that I got to eat them. My chipmunks ate the first ones.

Ottawa Gardener said...

I've emailed you my address Daphne and Susan. Your seeds will be in the mail shortly. We'll have to promise to take pictures of our migrated toms.

Dan said...

Hi, I tried to e-mail you but it will not go through. Am I correct that your e-mail is: ottawagadener@live.com

Ottawa Gardener said...

ottawagardener@live.com

It's missing the 'r' but let me make sure that's not because I spelled it wrong on my blog (that would be like me sigh).

hw said...

Oh - any seeds left? I'm not looking at my collection right now but I have some more of the common heirlooms like green grape, green zebra, san marzano paste, cherokee purple, brandywine yellow and red, ummm and more. But you want fancier than that...right?