I always know there is no turning back when the tomato seeds go in the dirt.
When at first we are planting herbs and early spring greens like lettuces and kale indoors, we are still in the deep of winter. The idea of gardening is almost this magical fairy tale that warms us up on cold windy nights. Then, the pepper plants go in, but they are so slow-growing that it almost feels like they will never bear any fruit. Then the soil is workable outside, we direct sow everything from beans to peas, from Swiss chard to carrots. And by the time the quick-growing seeds are started indoors, like cucumbers, squashes and watermelons, the heat of late spring has set in and we are already eating from our plot.
Oh but the tomatoes…
6 to 8 glorious weeks before our last frost date, the true countdown begins. By now, the snow has started melting, the maples have been tapped, the roof is cleared of ice and the gutters are pattering like drums in a high school marching band. It’s when everything is possible, the light (brighter and warmer) at the end of the long tunnel.
Yes, we planted our tomatoes this week and in less than 5 days, 53 of the 72 seeds we planted have popped up to say hello. Even our first ever collected seeds, a Red Pear Cherry Tomato heirloom variety we picked up at a garden center last year, has germinated at 100% and if THAT is not a true sign that Spring is indeed coming my friends, I don’t know what is!
Have a wonderful week-end! May things grow in your homes and in your hearts. May the warmer sun heal your hibernating souls. ❤