Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tomato (Pomodoro) Day

It's rainy and damp today in Atlanta. It is a perfect day to plant the seeds for this years tomato garden and since it is Valentines Day that makes planting "pomodoro" or "love apple" even more significant. I have a bunch of varieties to plant. The peppers and artichokes I planted on the 3rd are mostly all up and going so it is time to get the rest cooking. It is the most fascinating thing to take these tiny, tiny seeds and put them into the dirt and then in a week or two see the little plants peek through the soil. How all that life is stuffed into that little hard seed is amazing. It is an endless fascination to me and truly a Zen moment. Here is one of the babies I am planting today. The seeds are from Italy via the Seed Savers Exchange. I can almost taste it now.

Costaluto Genovese Tomato
Lycopersicon esculentum
6-8 oz. Tender Annual
Old Italian variety that grows 6-8 ounce large, meaty, semi-pleated red fruits in abundance. While it is not the prettiest of the tomatoes, this variety rated among the very highest in our taste tests with a very earthy, old-fashioned tomato flavor.

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