Vintage HandPicked: Tomato Time

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It’s tomato time: gardeners all over are getting excited. It’s that time of year again when seed catalogs are poured over, seeds chosen and purchased, gardens are sketched out on paper and bushels of bounty are envisioned. If you’ve ever put in a garden, you know how exhilarating this time of year can be.

Among the numerous fruits and vegetables that growers enjoy raising, tomatoes seem to be a line of differentiation. Some people can grow a tomato without the slightest effort and there are those of us who, to say the least, struggle mightily to see those luscious fruits on the vine. (Yes, a tomato is technically the fruit of the tomato plan.)

One way to assure success in the upcoming tomato growing season is to start with strong, healthy plants. The time for propagating your tomato seeds into seedlings is fast approaching. Generally, the time to start your seeds is about 6- 8 weeks before the last expected spring frost date in your area, planting the seedlings outdoors about 2 weeks after that date. I’m no tomato growing expert, but you can find here what you need to know to become one yourself.

Lots of unseen things happen in our gardens. I ran across this time lapse showing tomato seedlings coming to life. Filmmaker Dave Le makes the unseen visible in this short film he shot over the course of a week. Maybe you’ll remember this video when you begin to start turning your seeds into seedlings.

The Filmmaker: Dave Le is a professional visual designer and photographer, amateur gardener, welder, cook, and mountain biker.

Editor’s Note: This post is from HandPicked Nation, March 16, 2012. This was posted by the author’s permission. 

Are you growing tomatoes this year? Post a photo of your success.

Photo credit: Craig McCord