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Tomato giveaway

Brandywine tomato (or something like that)Since I quit my job, we're trying to be even more frugal for a while.  So I'm going to stick to giveaway items which are cheaper to mail --- nix those paw paws and bring on the seeds!

This week's giveaway is a starter set of our favorite tomato varieties.  The winner will get a few seeds each of our favorite tommy-toes (Crazy, Yellow Pear, and Blondkopfchen), early fruiting slicers (Stupice and Early Pick), romas (Martino's, Italian San Rodorta, Russian Roma, and Yellow Roma), and normal slicers (Ken's red, Dagma's perfection, San Francisco Fog, a tomato that is labelled as a Brandywine but isn't the right shape (but is our 2007 taste test winner!), and an unlabelled Green Zebra type.)
2007 tomato tasting

I know that many of you think it's difficult to start tomatoes from seed, but I've found that there's no need to mess with indoors starting, grow lights, and transplanting to graduated pots.  Instead, start your tomatoes in a cold frame like this lettuce bed about a month before your frost free date, ignore them for a few weeks, then transplant them to your garden beds.  It's easy and fun --- and you get to try amazingly delicious heirloom varieties like the ones I'll be sending you!

As usual, check out our giveaway guidelines and enter!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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