Freaky Fruits: Seeds Sprouting Inside Tomato – Garden Culture Magazine

seeds-sprouting-inside-tomato-1Interesting article. I’ve seen seeds germinating inside of tomatoes but NEVER to this extent.

What’s the real cause of seeds sprouting inside tomato fruits? It’s not normal, at least not in years past. Is it a GMO thing, or something else entirely?

Source: Freaky Fruits: Seeds Sprouting Inside Tomato – Garden Culture Magazine


End Of Season Advice for Tomatoes

Here in the Inland Northwest, our weather is extremely variable.

Here are several ways to motivate your tomatoes to ripen their fruit. Remember that the plants main purpose in life, is to procreate and it panics when you do one or more of the following:

Cut back on watering

Shovel pruning – cut the roots about a foot from the plants on two sides. If it’s really late in the season, do all four sides.

Start picking off extra blossoms. One caveat: if it is a cherry tomato leave them alone since they take very little time to go from blossom to ripe fruit.

Pick off tomatoes that you know aren’t going to have enough time to get big enough. These would be the very large, whopper size tomatoes such as Mortgage Lifter, Aussie, Big Rainbow, Rose etc.

Pinch off growing tips as to focus their attention into ripening what they have

Watch the weather like a hawk protect the plants with row cover, bed sheets, tarps, blankets, anything to keep the frost off the fruit. tomatoes-with-tarp

Here we have used blue tarps.

Once frost touches the fruit they will rot rather than ripen.DSCF9210

This what a frost damaged tomato looks like. 

Before a hard, plant killing frost, pick all green ones and bring them inside, most will ripen, the rest you can use for fried green tomatoes or a green tomato relish.

The Letter of the Day is Z; “Z” is for the Zebra Twins, Black and Green

Black Zebra

A natural and stabilized cross between Green Zebra and a black tomato by Jeff Dawson.

These tomatoes are vigorous, plants that produce 4 oz., 1 1/2”, juicy, round tomatoes with purple/mahogany colored skin and green stripes. 

Great smokey and sweet flavor. 




Green Zebra

Customer favorite

This is one of the most unusual variety you’ll ever grow! 

Fully ripened fruits are bright green, with stripes of a still lighter green. 

Round, smallish, 2 to 4 oz. fruits have excellent, tart, “real tomato” flavor. 

Plants are vigorous. 




The Letter of the Day is Y: “Y” is for the Tomato Yummy and Yellow Pear


This is a paste tomato that we mistakenly grew one year. 

Apparently there was an error in seeds we got from a supplier and this is what came up. Fortunately, it was sweet and delicious and very prolific too. We picked bunches and bunches of these all season long. I will definitely grow them again. 

We were able to save seed from this. 



Yellow Pear

Kids love these little guys!

An heirloom, they grow on tall, rangy plants and bear in heavy clusters of 1 ¾ inch sized fruits. 

Mild flavored, sweet, perfect for salads or straight from the vine. 





The Letter of the Day is W: “W” is for the Tomato, Willamette and the Pepper, White Lakes


The second picture is of the grand prize I won at the Spokane County Fair 2013. I might also add that these are some of the sweetest early tomatoes I’ve eaten and they grew well in a large pot.

Becoming a Northwest heirloom, Willamette was developed at Oregon State University by the late Dr. Tex Frazier in the 1950’s. This very dependable ripener is one of OSU’s first early determinate tomatoes. It’s medium in size with a mild, low acid flavor. 




White Lakes

Very generous producer of dainty, somewhat pointed peppers. The young fruits take on an ivory or cream color very early, eventually ripening to a stunning red-orange. Originally a Russian variety deserving of much wider recognition. Delicious, productive, and beautiful.White peppers are lovely in a mixed salad.


The Letter of the Day is V: “V” is for Vintage Wine a Tomato

Vintage Wine

A Personal Favorite! Excellent tomato! One of the very few pastel-hued tomatoes. A favorite of my customers, with attractive, 1lb., pale pink/red fruits set off by golden stripes. Elegant, sweet and tasty, with a nice, mild flavor. This tomato is truly unique. Those are from my garden.




The Letter fo the Day is U: “U” is for the Tomato, Umberto


(also known as King Humbert) Very old Italian heirloom, listed by the renowned French seedhouse Vilmorin-Andrieux in 1885. Named after King Umberto I, King of Italy in the late 19th century. 

The plants produce unbelievable harvests of small, pear-shaped fruits. These meaty morsels have a nice balance of sweet and tart, with full Old World tomato flavor. Great for paste, sauce or for drying under the late summer sun!



The Letter of the Day is Q: “Q” is for Quiz

Q is a tough one. I have had tomatoes named Golden Queen and White Queen. But I am not offering them this year, so I put my thinking cap and decided to have a short quiz to see if you are learning anything.

!. What is the url for my website?

2. What is the tomato I showcased for the letter “C”?

3. What pepper did I showcase for the letter “J”?

No prizes or anything, just wanted to know if this blog has been useful to you. I am hoping you learned that there are more tomatoes out than the early girl and roma!

The picture below is a plate of different colored tomatoes that I made for a dinner of friends. The color is not the best, I took it along time ago. it gives you an idea of what you can do with all those tomatoes. I usually adorn with feta cheese, fresh chopped basil, a basic vinagrette, chopped kalamata olives and thinly sliced red onions.


The Letter of the Day is P: “P” is for the Tomato, Paul Robeson and the Pepper, Purple Beauty

Paul Robeson

Tomato seeds for this Russian heirloom were made available by Marina Danilenko, a Moscow seeds woman. This favorite heirloom tomato was named after the operatic artist who won acclaim as an advocate of equal rights for Blacks. His artistry was admired world-wide, especially in the Soviet Union. 

This “black” beefsteak tomato is slightly flattened, round, and grows to 4-inches. It’s a deep, rich dusky, dark-red, with dark-green shoulders, and red flesh in it’s center. Very flavorful fruits with luscious, earthy, exotic flavors and good acid/sweet balance.This tomato variety originates from Siberia and sets fruits at lower temps, it is an excellent choice for cooler growing regions.



Purple Beauty Sweet Bell Pepper

 Absolutely stunning purple bell pepper. Large 4-lobed, thick-walled fruits borne on sturdy compact plants. Tender crisp texture, mild sweet flavor. Holds in the purple stage for some time before ripening to a radiant red.


For more information on these and other varities, check out my website