I did not want to taint the ketchup and gardening threads with my usual "What if" contemplation.
Here it goes. A few years ago, when I still owned a house, I planted 8+ store bought tomatoes from family and friends. They came up beautifully. No problems except that I had 50+ too many tomatoes (probably partially due to "those who have too much don't value it as much" philosophy).
Using my knowledge from elementary classes and seeding my own lawn I knew that you don't have to bury seeds too deep to get many to sprout. So I put 5-8 of my excess tomatoes half in the ground "to replant" to see if any would sprout as new plants the next year. To my surprise, most of the tomatoes I put in the ground came up as full size tomato plants! However, most had deformities and strange white patches on them?
I heard it is not good to replant in the same area two years in a row, but does anyone know why I would only get 2-3 good tomatoes out of 5-8 plants? I don't want to go off the deep end blaming genetically modifed seeds, so I would appreciate any feedback to my gardening ignorance. I would also like to know what other people have seen trying this without buying NEW plants.