Heirloom tomatoes are often what lead people to become seed savers. If you've always lamented tomatoes not tasting the way they used to, it's probably because you're growing the wrong type of tomato. When you find a tomato variety you love, you'll want to save it. Unfortunately saving tomato seed isn't as easy as drying the seed and storing it for next year. It's a bit messy and smelly, but it's worth the effort. Here are some easy step-by-step how-tos, to get you started.
Haven't tried growing heirloom tomatoes yet? Why not? Well, this should tempt you: Molly Watson tours a world of heirloom tomatoes and Colleen Vanderlinden shares her picks for the Tastiest Top 10. Need more? Check out Carolyn Male's book, 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Garden. Though how she picked only 100 is beyond me.
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