Jane related that for the last 5 years, she started tomato seedlings for use in a library fundraiser - and I had a bit of a chuckle, because she produced those seedlings using a method well known to me - shop lights, a sunny area after transplanting, and lots of moving them in and out of the garage when the weather threatened - in other words, no greenhouse! Jane shared her enjoyment of Dwarf Arctic Rose, Perth Pride, Rosella Purple and Sleeping Lady, and how much those who were searching for great tasting, colorful varieties that grow well in pots are now happy at last with the newly available options.
Jane's note was thrilling to receive, because it described exactly the intent behind the project in the first place. We now have 36 new ways to bring the joys of colorful, big, flavorful tomatoes to those who are limited in space, sun, or the physical ability to tame the 8 foot plus vines of indeterminate heirloom varieties.
The project continues - though in what form, and to what extent, remains to be seen for the coming season. In a few weeks, gardeners will be able to obtain those 11 new varieties, which I split among 4 great seed companies - Remy's Sample Seed Shop, Tatiana's TOMATO base, Victory Seeds and Heritage Tomato Seeds. Watch for them...I will be providing links and updates once they've been made available.
Thanks, Jane, for your email - it made my day!