By Pilar Martin
SEDGWICK – When Jan. 1 rolled around, most people thought of New Year’s resolutions. But Spencer Ring was thinking of tomatoes.
When each new year begins, Ring starts seeding tomatoes. That’s right. He started seeds for over 500 tomato plants on Jan. 2. It’s an annual tradition he began 23 years ago.
When Ring and his wife, Trish, bought their place just south of Sedgwick on Ridge Road in 1970, they were avid gardeners. They started raising plants to sell to area gardeners. They then decided to just grow the fruit themselves. They grow the tomatoes using hydroponics or without soil. This year they are growing Big Dena, Trust, and Dasher varieties.
The seedlings started at the first of the month developed true leaves and were transplanted to four-inch pots last Thursday. The transplants will remain in the small greenhouse for about a month. By then, with regular water, fertilizer and controlled temperatures, the plants should be 12 inches tall. Ring also helps pollinate the plants to produce fruit. He has to pollinate every other day.
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