April 12, 2018

Starting Tomatoes from Seed

Tomatoes, Solanum lycopersicum, continue to be one of America’s favorite garden vegetables. And here at my Bedford, New York farm, it is also among my biggest summer crops.

With seed starting well underway in my greenhouse, this week my head gardener, Ryan McCallister, began planting the tomatoes. Quick to germinate and grow, tomato seeds are best sown indoors several weeks before the last frost. There are hundreds of tomato varieties available as seed, and choosing them for the garden may seem daunting. When selecting our seeds every year, Ryan and I consider type, size, disease resistance and general growth success in our region.

Enjoy these photos.