Update October 24, 2022
Tomato harvest completed for the 2022 season, just ahead of a massive cold front (wireless thermometer currently indicates 20.5° F). Processing for seeds is about 40% complete. This turned out to be an exceptionally good and productive year, with seeds saved from approximately 850 varieties - it will be a few weeks before final numbers are ready. Seeds from about 300 new (to Delectation of Tomatoes) are now or soon will be ready. The file "List of 913 Varieties Planted in 2022", published here:
DT SHARED FILES
Includes at most 25 varieties for which seeds will NOT be available within the next few weeks.
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Update August 28, 2022
The tomato avalanche has begun for the 2022 season!
As of today, I am less than 1% through with processing tomatoes for seed saving from the 2022 growing season. As noted in my July Blog Post, I planted 913 varieties of tomatoes this year. It's likely that I will manage to save seeds from "only" about 600 of these. But still, it's a lot of work and a lot of time. I currently have seeds of more than 2,500 varieties of tomatoes available (see DT Seeds page) and actually welcome the break from harvesting and processing tomatoes, to package seeds - especially during those 90° plus afternoons when the sun blazes down! Except for very large orders (30+ packets), I can usually get seeds out within 2-3 days.
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Update December 25, 2021
Seed extraction, processing, drying, packaging and inventory from the 2021 season are now essentially complete. Please refer to latest Blog Post for recent, more detailed updates.
The 2021 harvest was abundant and included seeds of 254 new tomato varieties (including a number of really outstanding ones!), bringing the total to 2,565 varieties. This final, updated list is published at the Seeds page on this website.
Also, the giant Siberian Elm tree, which was the tallest tree in town, is now D O W N on the ground! To see how this was done, without the proper equipment, please refer to the latest Blog Post or see some of the action on this short YouTube video
Update August 9, 2020
Podcast Interview, Misfit Gardening
Listen to an in-depth interview at the Misfit Gardening podcast
Link to Supplemental Files
I've created THIS LINK to a folder on Google Drive where I plan to keep an updated version of spreadsheets such as The Big Tomato List, List of Tastiest Tomatoes, Guide to Growing Giant Tomatoes, DT Disclosure, Latest lists of available seeds, etc.
Special orders for seedlings for the 2021 season will be accepted beginning on January 1, 2020. For a rough idea of what the plans are for 2021, please take a look at what was on offer in 2020:
DT Seedlings 2020
I attempt to post at least one new blog post every month. For the most recent updates on progress of the efforts of Delectation of Tomatoes to obtain, grow, propagation, promote and preserve heirloom seeds from around the world, please visit:
BLOG, Delectation of Tomatoes
and the associated YouTube Channel:
YOUTUBE, Delecation of Tomatoes
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COVID-19 concerns 🕷️
Since Delectation of Tomatoes is a one-person, home-based operation anyhow, there should be no delays or adjustments because of this pandemic, unless the USPS shuts down, which is highly unlikely. So if anything, I will be able to get your seed order sent out even more promptly, as so many meetings and other such distractions have been cancelled.
In inventory are enough seeds, especially tomato seeds, to supply many thousands of small farmers and backyard gardeners. I do so little marketing that only a tiny fraction of the seeds I save are shared with other growers each year.
This seems like a good time to reconsider what you can do for yourself, your family, and your neighbors to help improve your self-reliance. No need for fear-mongering, but there is the possibility of some interruptions in the supply chain of food. Grow your own to stay healthy and independent!
Here is a link to a short video that encapsulates much of what I believe about our relationship to food and community, and underscores some of the reasons I started Delectation of Tomatoes in 2011 and continue to persevere, even through some tough times:
Food Revolution Tips
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Previous update, January 1, 2020
Tomato seeds harvested from the 2019 growing season are now organized and inventoried. Click on the Seeds tab for more information.
Previous update January 20, 2018
Seeds of around 2,000 varieties of tomatoes are now available. See "Seeds" tab above for the list that was up to date in December, 2018. Still have 18,000+ photos to name and 2,000 descriptions write and upload here - someday, somehow. A summary of the "Biggest and Best" tomatoes from 2018 is posted here:
Biggest and Best Tomatoes of 2018
More than 300 new tomato varieties were grown in 2018, along with replenishment of seed stock of nearly that many more varieties. Plus 100 or so varieties of beans, peppers, lettuce, etc. On deck for 2019, at least 200 more varieties, including over 100 heirloom varieties from Russia!
Also, Delectation of Tomatoes now has a presence on Facebook:
Listen to a radio interview on Western Life Radio, audio clips above, or listen directly at this link and search for program segments from February 13-17, 2017: