Tomatoes From Seed to Plate

We will be taking you through the exciting life journey of tomatoe plant. Anybody who gardens has got to get excited about watching the first sprouts poke through the soil and slowly uncurl into baby tomato plants.

Come along for the ride we take tomatoes seed and make the journey from tiny sprouts to sprawling fruit-producers, here are the basics for starting the trip.

#1 Get Fresh Seeds  buy organically grown tomatoes from Stacey at Twiggs & Berries this coming Frida’s ODBM market

Take your chosen tomato and slice it in half across the middle (it’s “equator”). With your well-washed fingers scoop out the seeds and their gelatinous “goo” into a clean container. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the seeds. Cover the container with a piece of plastic-wrap and then poke the plastic-wrap with a paring knife to put a small hole in it, to allow for air-transpiration. A little fresh air needs to get in and out of the container to foster fermentation.

Place the container of seeds on a sunny windowsill. Now Mother Nature will take over and begin to ferment the seed mixture. This takes about two or three days. Each night remove the plastic-wrap, stir the seed mixture, and then replace the plastic-wrap, The fermentation process will separate the “goo” from the seeds. It also helps destroy many of the possible tomato diseases that can be harbored by seeds.

tomato-seeds-saving-1Take the container of fermented seeds to the sink and with a spoon carefully remove the scummy surface. Then pour the container’s contents into a fine kitchen sieve and rinse the seeds with water several times…stir them while they’re in the sieve to assure that all surfaces are thoroughly rinsed. Give a few sharp taps to the sieve to help remove as much loose water as possible from the seeds.

Line an open plate with a piece of paper from a coffee filter. Place the rinsed seeds onto the coffee filter paper and spread them about so they are in a single layer. Place the plate in a safe location where the seeds can dry for a few days. Stir the seeds a few times during the drying process to assure that all their surfaces are evenly dry. Spread them out again into a single layer after each time you’ve stirred them. Tomato seeds are thick and can take up to a week to dry thoroughly.

Next week we will carry on our journey from seed to plate.

This journey was inspired by Nanette Snyckers

Wishing you a greet weekend,

The OBDM Team

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