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Theresa Tomato Seed

Eating at El Pendulum, the restaurant that has replaced La Luna Papaya at the corner of Calle 64 and 64A, is our Sunday morning tradition. We have struck up a friendship with the two girls who run the place, Anna and Erica. It turns out that Anna and I have the same names. She is Anna Teresa and I am Teresa Anna (okay, mine is really Theresa Ann, but to my Spanish speaking friends, I am Teresa) amazingly enough, we also have the same last name. Maybe, that isn’t so odd, my maiden name is the Spanish equivalent of Jones. We also both like plants. Anna is a beginning gardener but an enthusiastic one. She planted a handful of melon seeds, most which sprouted! I gave her the sad news that she needed to thin them out, she had about thirty sprouts in a gallon pot.  Anna  shared her melon seedlings with me. When I got home, I selected the best six and planted them in peat pots. Six melon plants seems like four too many. She had mentioned that she wanted to grow some tomatoes so  I gave her one of my tomato plants and the huge basil that also was growing in the same pot.

It looks like summertime in the garden. Things are thriving. The bougainvillea have never looked better. 
I’m really feeling optimistic about the vegetable garden. There are sprouts everywhere! Sugar peas are pushing through the soil.  The mysterious mix of mesclun seedlings are promising fresh salads soon. I even planted a few carrots and turnip seeds to see what happens.
I also started some new eggplants, since my last seedlings mysteriously disappeared.

Not content with just the tomates de bola that are thriving in the garden, I planted six more varieties today.  Sweetie,Yellow pear, Pruden’s Purple, Arkansas Traveler, Morning Sun are names that make my mouth water. Visions of pink, purple and yellow tomatoes, in  different sizes and shapes are dancing in my head.  I also planted San Marzano again, but I have my doubts about a tomato whose flavour is described as mild, but I’m hoping that making paste will concentrate the flavour.

Using what I consider remarkable self restraint, I only planted two seeds of each variety. If every seed sprouts, we’ll have a total of twenty tomato plants and seven varieties! I am definitely on my way to being Theresa Tomato Seed!

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Steve, you can find tomato seeds in Mexico, the grocery stores often have a small selection in the garden department. Or you can order them online or have someone nob mail them to you. If there is a agricultural section of town you can buy seeds there. And you can always just plant seeds from an especially ripe and tasty tomato you bought from the market! There is a procedure to saving tomato seed but it’s available online.

  2. You are tempting me to do what I know I need to do — grow tomatoes. I forgot to bring seeds down with me. Can you find them in country?

  3. 2ericc, you sound like husband. I only have pots on a small percentage of the roof! I only need more land if I want to grow trees like mango or avocado, citrus does well in pots and I already have a limon and a sweet orange on the roof.

    lynette, February isn’t the best time to plant stuff because the heat and humidity of March thru May are pretty harsh. But you never know, this might be a less humid year. Nothing ventured nothing gained.


  4. i am envious, sitting here in the dark of tulsa, my dead and dying garden all around me. oh well, sunny yucatan come february, and perhaps still time before it gets too hot to get some things in pots. tomatoes in winter. wow.

  5. From the sounds of it all, I think you need to rent some more land, Sis.


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