4.8.13 Spring Seedlings + Winter Tomatoes

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Spring is taking its time arriving, the early occurrence of Easter a false start to the season. There’s very little to forage from the garden, though we found a sprouting onion in storage that we’re keeping for the greens.

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The emergence of seedlings never fails to delight us. The leeks and onions are shouldering up through the soil, proffering their tender leaves like victory flags. 

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We somehow ended up with three kinds of fennel this year — Finale, Perfection, and a new one, Orion. The celeriac are finally poking through, while the Shishito peppers lag. It’s our first time growing peppers, and we don’t know what to expect; we wonder if the soil’s too cold for them to germinate.

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Coming full circle, the Aprile tomato seedlings are coming up while we’ve still a tray of winter tomatoes, or pomodorini, left in storage. 

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 We’ve finished consuming the Aprile first, and are now making our way through the last of the Ponderosa pomodorini. These tomatoes were harvested in early October, and kept in a single layer on trays lined with paper.

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14 Responses to 4.8.13 Spring Seedlings + Winter Tomatoes

  1. Shawn Ann says:

    Wow, I can’t believe you have tomatoes that have stored this long! That is great! Lots of great looking seedlings you have going there. It will make for a wonderful summer garden!

  2. katrina says:

    It’s an awfully chilly Spring here so far, but exciting to see your seedlings! How did you store the tomatoes and at what temperature-ish?

  3. Are the trays you stored the tomatoes on solid or were there spaces for air to move through?

    • leduesorelle says:

      The trays are open coated wire mesh to allow for air circulation, with a layer of newsprint paper underneath the tomatoes to absorb any excess moisture and protect them from resting directly on the mesh.

  4. I just love seeing new seedlings. Hard to believe such slender, delicate things can survive. Nice work on winter storage of the tomatoes.

  5. Daphne says:

    I’d never thought to let my onions sprout and eat the greens. I do miss fresh greens in the winter.

  6. Michelle says:

    Your tomatoes are a wonder – you seem to have perfected the technique of storing them for winter.

  7. Norma Chang says:

    How is the taste an texture of the over wintered tomatoes? Do you prefer one variety over another?

    • leduesorelle says:

      Unlike slicer tomatoes, the winter ones are better cooked than eaten raw. The red Aprile were better tasting, however the more acidic Ponderosa stored for much longer.

  8. Mac says:

    Wow, I couldn’t store tomatoes over2 months here, you must have the ideal temp for them.

  9. Liz says:

    The overwintered tomatoes are really impressive but its the fennel seedlings I love the most, so delicate, so beautiful.

  10. azita says:

    the sprouting onion is a rock star!

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