Even though I have a brown thumb, I decided to give heirloom tomatoes from seed a go. Initially, there was great success. Now, I am left with just a few plants that likely won’t make it.
1) Started the whole process too late – the first week of March. My plants are puny compared to those available for purchase at the big box stores.
2) Planted the seeds to shallow. My eye for a 1/4 of an inch and the 1/4 of an inch on a ruler differ significantly.
3) Hail – three separate occurrences. Transplanted the tomato plants a week too early and lost that gamble not once but three times!
4) Dogs. They seem to think that the garden box (my sweet dad made for me) is their personal sunbathing bed.
There are approximately six puny-looking plants left. I am sad. I was so looking forward to heirloom tomatoes from the garden. Better luck (and skill) next year. I may give in and go to the big box store for some tomato plants again this year. (Photo below from Sunset.com, taken by Ted Stefanski)