Like many gardeners in a cold climate, I always have to start my tomato seeds indoors early each spring. I typically start in March if I want to have tomato plants ready for transplanting into the vegetable garden in May.
In more than 30 years of gardening, this year is the first time I’ve seen a tomato seed volunteer to sprout on its own in my garden. It must’ve been the warm temperatures starting around the end of February that signaled this little tomato seed to start growing.
To say I was surprised to see it so early in the season is an understatement. Tomatoes are tropical plants and they prefer to grow in hot weather. In fact, I have to wait until nighttime temperatures consistently hit the 55-degree mark before setting tomato transplants outside.
However this miracle tomato started growing in almost freezing temperatures without any kind of plant protection!
When the blizzard hit Denver last week, I was sure that was the end to this little tomato that could. But as the temperatures warmed through the weekend, the snow melted and the feisty miracle tomato was still there.
It’s only the first of April, but I imagine I’ll be able to start harvesting fresh tomatoes — whatever variety they may be — at about the same time I’m planting my basement-grown tomato transplants in the garden.
If you’ve ever seen a tomato growing through the snow, or found another miracle in your vegetable garden, would you please let me know?