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The First Tomato Seedling of 2010

March 29th, 2010

Exciting things are happening in the Chiot’s Run basement seed starting headquarters. On Saturday morning while working in the basement, I spotted the first tomato seedling of 2010. Can you guess what kind it is?*

This is when that new macro lens Mr Chiots got me for Christmas comes in handy, I never would have been able to get this close with my other lens. It’s a thing of beauty, since I was working in the basement so I caught it before it even fully emerged from the soil and stood up. I had just checked them that morning and didn’t see anything, later that afternoon there was a tiny speck of green.

I still haven’t started all of my tomato seeds yet, that will happen this week when I can leave the flats on the front porch to warm (it’s supposed to be in the high 60’s). Of course I ended up with more variates than I wanted to grow, but fewer than last year. I’ll give you the full list when I start them.

Do you have any tomatoes growing yet?

*It’s a San Marzano

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  2. Ken Toney on March 29, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Very exciting. My tomatoes and peppers began to germinate this weekend, too. I have 4 varieties of peppers and 6 varieties of tomatoes. The eggplants have germinated yet, even though they were planted at the same time. I suppose they take longer to germinate. Good luck.
    .-= Ken Toney´s last blog ..First Weekend of Spring =-.

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    • Susy on March 29, 2010 at 9:26 am

      I have a few varieties of peppers, none of them have germinated yet. Can’t wait for those either. The rest of the tomatoes will get seeded today since it’s raining.

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  3. Corrie on March 29, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I am growing San Marzano too, as well as Pineapple, Jaune Flamee, Cuore di Bue, and a few others. My garden is so small, I only really have room for one of each variety, but I love to give away the extra seedlings. My son (who’s 5) and I run to check on what seeds have newly germinated. I’m glad he’s as excited about it as I am!

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    • Susy on March 29, 2010 at 9:27 am

      I’m sure you can find someone to give the extra seedlings to. Last year I ended up giving away 60 tomato plants to friends & family (even my Dr got 2 heirloom plants). I love encouraging people to grow something edible!

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  4. kristin @ going country on March 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

    The tomato seeds are getting started this week. And I’m still waiting on signs of life from the eggplants. Those things take FOREVER.
    .-= kristin @ going country´s last blog ..We Really Need To Remedy This =-.

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  5. Rhonda on March 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I’ve got Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak and Cherry tomatoes. Every seed I planted, germinated. I hope they all survive! I purchased my Cherokee Purple seeds from I sure I’ll be buying more!

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  6. Throwback at Trapper Creek on March 29, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I pared all my previous choices down to just three varieties this year. Lots of trialing told me what produces the best for me. Tomatoes and peppers are a marginal crop here at best with our cool, mountain summer nights!

    I am glad to see mine getting their true leaves!
    .-= Throwback at Trapper Creek´s last blog ..Boot report =-.

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  7. Michelle on March 29, 2010 at 10:40 am

    The photos are wonderful…I love baby seedlings. Sadly, I bought my tomatoes already started from a big box store. And only one is heirloom because almost all they had to offer was hybrids!! So…I caved. I just don’t have the room (or maybe haven’t MADE the room?) at this house to start seeds…and haven’t figured out a way to do it. Maybe next year I can clear a spot on the work bench…?! I really want to start my own heirloom seeds…it’s on the goal list.
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..Ever heard of a Blogging Bee? =-.

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    • Susy on March 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

      It can be tough to find space for starting seeds. I have a grow light under the bar in my kitchen and seedlings are on an old piano bench under it. I have a few small tabletop grow light on the floor in the living room behind the couch with seedlings and I have an old light table in the basement with 3 shelves. These will be full of seedlings soon, I try to start things upstairs where it’s warmer then move to the basement where it’s cooler.

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    • Christine on March 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      Ah, I also have big box store tomatoes. They’re doing wonderfully though, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
      .-= Christine´s last blog ..Spending the day in Sanibel! =-.

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  8. Kelly on March 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I’ve got a few hybrids (old seeds from before I saw the light): pineapple, sweet baby and Margherita. I’ve got more heirlooms: Dad’s Sunset, Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Riesentraube and Amish Paste. For peppers I’ve got King of the North and Thai Burapa, and the eggplants are Black Beauty (I think).

    I need some warm weather to transplant, since they’re getting *big*.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Frost Date =-.

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  9. Amy on March 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I grow Brandywine, German, Cherry, San Marzano and Roma. These are all up. Also up today are my red and green peppers. I’m waiting on the basils, flax, chives, onions, lobelia, and an assortment of hot peppers. Very exciting!

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  10. deedee on March 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    i haven’t started any yet… that’s my plan for this coming weekend:)

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  11. stefaneener on March 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I have to plant the paste babies — and I’m late. But they’ll catch up.
    .-= stefaneener´s last blog ..Bad Bee Day #2 =-.

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  12. Dan on March 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I started an early one in Jan but it up and died last month. I started another early one a few weeks ago to replace it and it seems to be doing better. Other then that I am holding off starting the rest until 6 weeks before transplant, they just grow to big otherwise.
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Harvest Monday =-.

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    • Susy on March 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm

      So true, that’s why I’m waiting a little later this year. I don’t have space under lights for them when they’re big. I did start sub-arctics early since they can take the cold of being outside, but oddly enough none have germinated yet.

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  13. Kelly on March 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I LOVE the first sprout of the season, it’s always so friggin’ exciting. I started all my tomatoes a few weeks ago and now of course I have so many that real estate under the lights is becoming scarce. I think I have around 35-40 varieties this year. I had to limit myself too ;).

    I’m giving those Rouge Vif D’Etampes you sent me last year a go around again this year too. Last year our season was just cut so short the pumpkins didn’t have anywhere near enough time to mature.
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..The Ecosystem of My Home =-.

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  14. Lynn on March 30, 2010 at 11:51 am

    It’s so exciting to see the little seedlings pop through the soil. Beautiful photos. I have three varieties of tomatoes, San Marzano, Bush and Roma which have also emerged.

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  15. Squawkfox on March 31, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I wish our climate allowed for tomatoes right now. I should have a few sprouts in a month though. Lovely photos. Your macro lens is a winner!

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    • Susy on March 31, 2010 at 9:12 am

      Ours doesn’t allow at the moment, these are in my basement. I won’t be able to plan them outside till probably late May.

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  16. Daniel Trepanier on August 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Wow your growing so many. How do you keep them form crossing !?

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    • Susy on August 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

      They don’t seem to cross, you can put the blooms in bags and hand pollinate if you want to make sure you’re getting the variety you want. But I find that they always come true to form for me.

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