Photo by Mark Kane
Fast and Numerous
Tomatoes big enough to slice take months to mature. If you’re in a hurry, grow cherry tomatoes instead. From seed to harvest, some varieties need only 65 days. It’s amazing to see plants that young bearing clusters of flowers and fruits. Satisfying too. Here we are in late summer and yet you can still start from seeds and have tomatoes before autumn turns cool. One variety, ‘Cherry Gold,’ needs only 45 days.
To shorten the time to harvest even more, sprinkle the seeds on a damp paper towel, fold it and put it a plastic bag to keep the paper moist. After four days, move the seeds to little pots. When the young plants have their first true leaves, set them in the garden. They’re small, so just make a little hole, wiggle the roots into it, and close the dirt around them. Keep the seedlings watered until they’re big enough to go dry a day or two.
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