One of the surest signs that it’s time to get one’s garden in gear is the opening of The Tomato Man’s Daughter.

Lisa Merrell, who has been running this west Tulsa business that specializes in grown-from-seed heirloom tomato plants for a decade, announced that she will open for the spring planting season Tuesday, April 9.

Hours for the Tomato Man’s Daughter, 2515 W. 91st St., are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to offering dozens of varieties of heirloom tomato plants, the Tomato Man’s Daughter also sells sweet and hot pepper plants, eggplant, melons, cucumbers, beans, summer squash, herbs and flower plants.

The shop also offers tips and advice for getting the best out of one’s garden, both in conversation and as part of its annual plant list, an 18-page document that lists all the different plants available for purchase.

“It’s for information, of course, but it’s also a conversation starter,” Merrell said in a 2018 interview with the Tulsa World. “People who grow tomatoes love to talk about them, what they do, the results they get. I think it’s because you simply can’t buy a decent tomato in the stores these days. They’re grown to withstand being shipped around the country, not for flavor.”

Merrell’s top 10 tomato plant picks for 2019 include the Yellow 1884 Pinkheart, the Cherokee Purple, the Sioux, the Asian Traveler and the Royal Hillbilly.

For more information: 918-446-7522, tomatomansdaughter.squarespace.com

James D. Watts Jr.

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