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Posted on 06 April 2012 by

The Story of Mindar Tomato Seed


By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was looking through my seed stash and realized that I had a plethora amount of tomato seeds.

I knew I could not use all the seeds and wonder what to do.

What to do ran through my head the remaining of the day and into the night.

During my slumber the idea came to me and I thought why did I not think of that.

The “that” I refer to is based on the Johnny Appleseed story and if you have forgotten the story here it is in a nutshell. Johnny Appleseed was a real man named John Chapman. As a youth, John was taken in as an apprentice at an orchard. Here he learned everything about growing apples.

Later on, John moved to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 28 August 2011 by

How to Save Your Seeds for Next Year

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day my dad and I were talking about the time he saw the best tomato plants in town.

He used to work for the Board of Health in Louisville, Kentucky and used to inspect the sewage treatment plants.

In the plants there was an area where they would place the sludge or solids that do not dissolve in the sanitation process.

In this sludge, tomato seeds and corn kernels remained and were remnants of what the human body will not digest. Through this nutrient rich sludge, tomato plants would grow abound but the fruits of these plants could not be consumed.

From this discussion we bounced to the direct ways, we in the past, have saved our tomato seeds. In the past few years, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 06 December 2010 by

Tomato Seeds from Outer Space

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space1By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

When I was an Agriculture Science Educator I had the great honor of growing tomato seeds that had been sent up with the Space Station.

What a great honor and experience it was for my students and myself.

No one really knew what being in a weightless environment would do as far as tomato plants and their fruit.

But my students and I were about to journey into uncharted gardening plots with our Space Station tomato seeds.

The experience and experiment that took place with students that cannot even see the stars was indescribable and one I will never forget. The project was not just testing tomatoes and the effects of weightlessness but also Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 12 November 2010 by

DIY-Budget Tomato Gardening

seed-trayBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Gardening in recent years has become a popular hobby and a way of stretching the food budget.

But items used for gardening sometimes can be gathered for free by reusing or re-purposing but normally they require money.

Below is some of my money saving tips that I have learned through many years of raising tomatoes.


Assorted containers are any tomato gardener’s friend. These can be as varied as buckets, hanging baskets, planters, and bags of soil to name a few. Discount stores, at the end of the season sales, and peoples’ refuse are great places to look for containers.

Another technique to save money is by creating your own Topsy Turvy planter. This type of planter requires a container with a hole in the bottom and a means to hang it with such as a handle or chain. But Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30 September 2010 by

Pick the Best Quality, Grow the Best Fruit-Seed Saving

cherryBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the previous blog covered seed saving and seed tape there still exists a time-tested concept that every gardener knows.

You start out with good quality plants you end up with good quality produce.

This is a simple concept that is sometimes forgotten but is easily solved through proper choice of seeds to save.

Mother Nature has developed a beautiful system, which only chooses the perfect seeds. This process in a sense is natural selection or in this case human selection. We pick the most beautiful fruit that is prefect in every way for our salads, sandwiches, and sauces. This process can even be observed by the non-gardener by just watching people in the produce section sniff, squeeze, knock, and roll the produce.

We the hunters and gathers are looking for Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 31 July 2010 by

Seedling Exchange

seed-exchangeBy Jenn Mercer

During the holidays, many people enjoy getting together for cookie exchanges.

The idea is simple and the logic impeccable.

When you make a batch of cookies, you get a lot of one kind of cookie.

If you want two kinds of cookies, you need to make two batches (mmm… no downsides here). But — if you want a dozen different kinds of cookies, your kitchen is going to be trashed; you’ll have cookies coming out of your ears, and your jeans will have suddenly shrunk two sizes.

As I tried to decide what kinds of tomatoes to grow this year, I realized I had a similar problem. Even the most expensive hybrids usually have 12 seeds to a packet. Why not have a Seedling Exchange?

As with a cookie exchange, laying out a few ground rules in the beginning can avoid a lot of disappointment later.

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