Seeding our spring vegetable starts is well underway. One of the greatest joys of spring is checking our ‘germination tank’ each morning for new germinators in the night. Most of the time, the seedlings look so delicate but not those tomatoes! Those seedlings spring forth with a vivacious affinity for light and life. These trays full of tomato seedlings sit on the heat mat and just beg to be petted. And so I do. And it is as good for them as it is for my soul. Petting tomatoes mimics wind and modifies tomato growth, thickening their stems. This response to touch has a very scientific name, thigmomorphogenesis.

Give your tomatoes a little love today!