Chance to ketchup with tomato plant goings-on

March 18, 2013 by  

Next month’s ‘Great Tomato Plant Sale’ is the perfect opportunity to stock up on tomato plants, as more than 6,000 heirloom plants will be available for purchase at the Contra Costa Master Gardeners’ second annual tomato plant sale.

The more than 40 different types of plants have come from as far as Japan, Russia, Mexico, and Italy, and nationally from Kentucky and West Virginia. Gardeners will also enjoy the selection of heirloom peppers, eggplants, artichokes, and tomatillos.

All plants are only $3 each and the proceeds will help to support the programs the Contra Costa Master Gardeners do educating the community.

Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions on planting, pruning, fertilizing, and harvesting the ripe vegetables. Heirloom varieties are plants that have been harvested year after year with the seeds used for the next season’s plantings. The seeds from hybrid and genetically modified plants cannot be reused from season to season.

Tomatoes were first discovered in the Andes over 2,000 years ago and brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. Originally thought to be poisonous, tomatoes are now used around the world. Catalog printing makes it easy to keep track of all the different varieties of tomato seeds and plants available for purchase through growers.

Taking place on April 6, the event will run from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the corner of Shadelands Drive and North Wiget Lane in Walnut Creek, just minutes from Lafayette. Gardeners should bring their own boxes in which to transport the plants home