Sunday, December 27, 2009

German Pink Tomatoes

My son shared these tomato seeds with me. They're German Pinks harvested from tomatoes he grew last season in his own garden. He received his supply of German Pink tomato seeds the year before from a neighbor that harvests his own seeds too - from tomatoes started with seeds originally brought to this country from Germany by his relatives nearly 100 years ago. Given the fact that these tomatoes have passed country to country, generation to generation, neighbor to neighbor and now, son to mother, I think they're pretty special seeds, and I'm certainly looking forward to growing them in my own garden.Meanwhile, lots of seed catalogs have been filling my mailbox lately, and one of particular interest to me is this beautiful catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Looking through their catalog, I couldn't help but see what a wonderful assortment of unusual, hard-to-find heirloom seeds they have available. What a beautiful catalog it is too. Many of their photos are so lovely, they're practically suitable for framing.What I felt was really the coolest thing about the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog, though, was that they carry German Pink tomato seeds.
Since I have always gone to a nursery to purchase tomato starts for my gardens over the years, I have never started my own tomato plants from seed before, so this will be an especially fun gardening and learning experience for me. After finding the German Pink tomatoes in the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog, I decided a good place for me to start would be their website - - but all I found was a basic planting guide. These are some pretty special seeds I have here, I felt I needed more information than just a "basic" planting guide.
What I really wanted was a planting guide specific to the German Pink tomato, so I searched for other heirloom seed suppliers and found that Reimer Seeds also carries the German Pink tomato seeds. And, linked directly from where you can purchase your own supply of German Pink tomato seeds, they have what appears to be very thorough information available on how to start your own tomato plants. It's all found on their website - here.
Here's a sampling of the 2010 seed catalogs that have been arriving in my mailbox, along with my favorite gardening magazine, the Mother Earth News.

What seed catalogs have been filling your mailbox?


  1. I started all my tomato & pepper plants from seed last year. It was very easy. Just buy some cheap fluorescent lights & fixtures from your local hardware store. You'll also need some shelves for the seed trays and a place to hang the fixture from above it.
    Start the tomato seeds about 6-8 weeks before your last frost date. I think I had a few pictures on my blog last year when I did it, but I don't know if I provided a lot of details. I'll try to give a more detailed blog posting this year.
    It was really easy! I think I started about 600 plants last year and will be doing a lot more than that this year.
    Good luck!

  2. I've got lots of seedling pics on my blog, if you are interested in how to do it.

    I LOVE that Baker Creek catalog, the pictures are incredible.

    I've recieved 8 catalogues already I think - I've taken them all with me while I am away from home (medical stuff) and am going to plan out the gardens for this year.

    Nothing better than a cup of tea and some garden catalogues on my lap!


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