For the first time we grew our tomatoes from seed. This has already been a rewarding process even before our first tomatoes appear. All six of our tomato varieties are heirlooms; Orange Banana, Hssiao (orange cherry), Amish, Stupice, Tomatillo, and a blend of heirlooms that will be a fun surprise as the fruits begin to form.
At risk of being overly ambitious we have 40 tomatoes plants in the ground, 6 to 8 of each variety. We planted them in mounded rows with their roots and lower stems buried near the surface. This helps to heat up their roots which will promote more growth and a larger harvest. The mounded rows also have a soaker hose buried just below the roots, this should help maintain even moisture.
We plan on preserving as much as possible but there will surely be extra we plan to market at the Fresh Food Revolution Co-op as them become available.