Early Spring Gardening Class

This post is primarily for those who signed up for the gardening class I am offering with the Olive Tree.  If you’re interested in spring gardening plants including onion plants, please let me know.


Thank you so much for joining my spring gardening class this year! I’m very excited to be partnering with the Olive Tree to bring you great products to make your home grown vegetables taste their finest!

We will be meeting at the Olive Tree (4937 W. 119th Street (In Hawthorne Plaza) at noon on Sunday, March 11th.  We’ll spend about an hour there talking about the concepts of garden location, succession gardening, soil building, and myriad other topics as well as learning a bit about olive oils and vinegars to make those tasty salad dressings.

From there we will caravan to my home (215 East 97th Street, Kansas City, MO) to do some hands on learning while planting a garden. We’ll be working in the soil outdoors, so dress appropriately for the conditions and weather.  After we get a bed planted  and a low tunnel installed to see how it’s done, you’ll pick out your seedlings, get your seeds, onion plants, and the materials to build your low tunnel to protect your garden.  Then you’ll be off to grow all the good things this spring!

Click the link below to get a peek at what we’ll be covering as well as the list of vegetable seedlings you will have to select from.  All are hyperlinked for you to click on to learn about and see pictures of.  You will get to pick 10 sets of the selected varieties, you will also get a packet of radish seeds, a packet of beet seeds, and a packet of carrot seeds to plant as well.

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If you have any questions, please e-mail me at kctomatotimes@gmail.com and I’ll be glad to help in any way I can.


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2018 Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant and Herb Seedling List


Well, winter is almost over and it’s time to think SPRING!  We have some lovely weekend weather coming up so get out there and start adding compost to those beds because in 6 short weeks it will be tomato planting time!

I’ve got 97 types of tomato seedlings this year, and a whole bunch of new peppers, and eggplant varieties as well.  click on the link below to access the list.  Remember that almost all tomato varieties are hyperlinked so you can learn about each type before you make your gardening decisions this year.  Thank you so much for your continued support…I’ve been happily providing the best tomato seedlings to KC gardeners for a dozen years now!

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My plant sale dates this year will be as follows:

Saturday, April 14th:  8 a.m. to Noon

Friday, April 20th:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, April 27th: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 28th:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, May 4:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 5:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 12:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I can also be available other times if these dates do not work with your schedule.  Please e-mail me to schedule an appointment if you need one.


My home is located at 215 East 97th Street, Kansas City, MO.  Please park in my circle drive to avoid parking on the street if at all possible.



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9th Annual Tomato Tasting and 1st Annual Slow Food KC BLT Challenge

We’ve been working hard the past  few months to get this year’s tasting and the new BLT Challenge sorted out, but I think we’re ready to roll now!

The tasting will be the same as always, at the Local Pig on August 5th at 9 a.m.  The event will be free, family friendly and open to the public.  All we ask is that you bring a tomato themed dish to share, labeled ripe tomatoes from your garden, or other side dishes you think folks would enjoy.

Last year we had over 200 attendees and a lot of tomatoes to taste!  We hope to fill the East Bottoms with tomato lovers on the first Saturday morning in August!


After the family friendly tomato tasting is over, we’ll have our first BLT Challenge!  This will be a Slow Food KC event and will be a fundraiser for Slow Food KC and the Veterans Community Project with proceeds going to help build and maintain therapy gardens for homeless veterans.

This event is open to adults and there is a $5 donation to submit your BLT to be judged.  There will be trophies for the top scoring varieties and each competitor will be entered into a  drawing for some fantastic prizes!

Judging will be for adults only as well and will require a $25 donation.  You may enter the competition and judge the competition as well.

100% of all donations will go to Slow Food KC and the Veterans Community Project to build and maintain therapy gardens for homeless veterans.

Details about entering as a competitor and/or a judge can be found by clicking here:

2017 BLT Challenge Official Rules and Information.


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I was featured in a KC Star article yesterday…very exciting!!!

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Revised Tomato and Pepper List

I sorted through my plants and have revised the list to reflect what I have in stock.  I have only a couple of some varieties, plenty of others….still a good selection.  Plants are still small, but growing well and waiting for some warm, sunny weather (aren’t we all!?!?)

It’s looking like this weekend and next week will be time to plant…the ground is soggy from all the rain, so make sure your soil dries out a bit before working in it.

I’ll be open this Saturday from 8-noon.  I can also be available some evenings by appointment…just let me know.  215 East 97th Street, KCMO.


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2017 Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant and Herb List


Well that magical moment you’ve all been waiting for since the first frost of fall last year has finally arrived…THE LIST!!!


I have taken the time to do some categorizing and hyperlinking of almost all of the varieties, so please click on them and learn about each type as you make your selections this year.  Bring your own printed list and containers to take your plants home in and receive a free plant of your choice!

Remember that I am no longer taking pre-orders as it takes up a lot of time that I no longer have.

Plants will be on a first come, first served basis starting April 16th.  The plants may be a bit small then, but will be full sized by the first week of May when they are ready to plant in your gardens.

Sale dates will be as follows at my home (215 East 97th Street, KCMO)

Sunday, April 16 — 7 a.m. to Noon.

Saturday, April 22 — 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 23 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 29 — 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 30 — 8 a.m. to Noon

Saturday, May 6 — 8 a.m. to noon

Weeknight evening sales after April 16th are possible as well, e-mail me to schedule a specific appointment time.


P.S.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5th for the 9th Annual Tomato Tasting!!!



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KCTTTT #8….The Ocho Was AWESOME!

We had the best weather we could ever hope for on the first Saturday of August in Kansas City!  Thanks to some awesome publicity in the Kansas City Star, we had a record turnout of over 200 tasters!  We had 58 varieties of tomatoes to taste and some wonderful dishes that people brought as well as delicious charcuterie and BLT’s from Local Pig and Pigwich.  We’re looking to make next year’s 9th annual tasting on August 5th, 2017 even bigger and better than the previous 8 combined…stay tuned for news!

I took a few pictures, but there are more on Facebook and on Tomatotown.org

We also did our totally unscientific, totally unofficial tomato tasting voting.  Keep in mind that there were limited quantities of many types and several varieties came in late after lots of people voted.  Despite all of that, Sungold rose to the top of the ranks as it is almost always in the top two or three of the lists!  Absinthe and Kiss the Sky were right on the heels of the champ though!

Sungold 27
Absinthe 26
Kiss the Sky 26
Brandywine Sudduth 24
Black Krim 21
Carbon 21
Mexico Midget 20
Cherry Bomb 15
Black Cherry Quartz 14
Stupice 12
Cherokee Purple 10
Sorollina Choice 10
Blush 9
Kosovo 9
Lucky Tiger 9
Paul Robeson 9
Three Way 9
White Tomesol 9
Brandywine Red 8
Abe Lincoln 7
Monkey Ass 7
Aunt Gertie’s Gold 6
Cherokee Gold 6
Chocolate Lightning 6
Juan Flamme 6
Black Apple 5
Lithuanian 5
Sunrise Bumblebee 5
Early Girl 4
Greek Dolmate 4
Hippie Zebra 4
Juliet Grape 4
Rutger’s 4
Celebrity 3
Kellogg’s breakfast 3
Kimberly 3
Nepal 3
Yoder German Yellow 3
12-HOL 2
Killer 2
Paul Romanesco 2
Black Brandywine 1
Bonnie Original 1
Cherokee Goddess 1
Early Girl Red 1
Indigo Cherry Drops 1
Speckled Roman 1


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