Well the answer to that is just grow it yourself! Plain and simple.
I kept putting off planting my organic tomato seeds, and then next thing you know, it’s May. I got a few chuckles from seasoned gardeners since you’re supposed to seed them indoors in late winter, but I gave myself a little grace since I am a novice gardener after all. Since I am not a novice eater I made sure to at least get the seeds planted so that I could have lots and lots of tomatoes this summer and fall. My mom had planted 6 store-bought tomato seedlings in the garden in the spring so those are already fruiting (although I have suspicions that a black walnut tree is hanging overhead, which means our tomato plants will not be successful), but I thought, the more tomatoes the more homemade pasta sauce and caprese sandwiches I can make for myself and friends/family.
(Update: we do have a black walnut tree hanging over our yard, which made our tomato harvest a mite sad this summer. However, at the end of the summer I’m guessing the gaseous part of the walnut tree interfering with the tomato growing got weaker, so the tomatoes started growing more. It didn’t matter that much though, as fall and cold weather had already crept on us. Solution: plant tomatoes in the front yard this summer)
I planted 2 tomato seedlings in large pots today. I’m not saying this is the expert’s way to do it, but it’s my way.
1. I broke up some styrofoam I had saved and used half of the piece to fill the bottom of the planter since it didn’t have any holes in the bottom for drainage. (update: I learned the best bet is to choose a tall pot that is 18-24 inches tall. We actually found a space for this plant in the ground later, but alas it didn’t get enough sun and didn’t produce any fruit.)
2. I filled the pot with dirt then I put a layer of potting soil at the top.
3. I placed the plant in, and watered it. Done! Easy.
styrofoam as filler and drainer
30 organic tomato seedlings. Not sure how I’m going to use them all. Perhaps share them at la iglesia.
Fully planted organic patio tomato plant, south-facing, keeping the coleus and brown turkey fig plant company.