Tomato Season

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It’s not quite tomato season but it’s definately time to start those tomato seeds. Last year, I grew Roma tomatoes and they were delicious not to mention prolific. This year I’ve gone a little tomato crazy and I am growing several varieties of tomatoes.

2008 Tomatoes

Mystery Tomatoes– Last year I was introduced to heirloom tomatoes. I had bought various ones at the farmers market and saved their seeds. However, I never caught the names of the different ones. What I did do was save the seeds from my favorite ones. It should be a nice surprise once they start to mature.

Green Zebra Tomatoes: This was the most unique and distinct of the heirloom tomatoes. It’s the one heirloom I was able to retain it’s name. It is so different both in it’s taste and color. It is green with yellow stripes and it has a crisp, distinct taste alsmost like an apple. It’s great with salads.

Speckled Roma Tomatoes: My boyfriend saw these in one of my seed catalogs and thought it would be great one to try. I have never tried them but the Berkeley Horticulture Society says, “Late season paste. Large red fruits with jagged orange and yellow stripes. Very meaty with great tomato taste.” All of this sounds good to me.

Brandy Wine: A popular heirloom tomato which apprently can be tricky to grow. My research also states that it’s one of slowest maturing tomato varieties. But they are delicous and are considered the most popular heirloom at famers markets.

Purple Cherokee: I am very excited about these. Quite a few sites have been raving about these large heirloom tomatoes. Jenny from Seeded generously sent me some from her own collection. I’ve never tried these per Seed Saver exchange they are, “Unique dusty rose color. Flavor rivals Brandywine, extremely sweet. Productive plants produce large crops of 12 oz. fruits. Indeterminate, 80 days from transplant.” As I’ve been doing research I’m finding that this variety is extremely popular with gardeners.

I intentionally started too many plants with the hopes to share with friends and family so I’m not the only tomato growing addict.

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5 responses to “Tomato Season”

  1. Tina Russell Avatar

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    Tina Russell

  2. Angie Avatar

    Those all sound so good, I love fresh tomatoes!

  3. Jenny Avatar

    I’m so jealous–I don’t start tomato seedlings for another month. Enjoy yours!

  4. chigiy Avatar

    Nice photos.
    I am a tomato addict.
    You are reminding me to start my tomatoes.

  5. Pat Avatar

    I found you on LJCFYI …you have a very interesting blog! I love the name 🙂
    My garden is so small I have to grow tomatoes in containers, and had a lot of luck with heirloom yellow pear shaped ones, and big Beefsteaks last year, which was a surprise.
    I also grow all my herbs in containers with a lot of success, as most herbs don’t like a lot of watering so they thrive in the drier conditions. Herbs like oragano, sage, rosemary,thyme, and mint are perennials, so growing them in containers prevents them from spreading to areas of the garden you don’t want them to be in
    Basil is an annual, and does require freqeunt watering, so that is good to grow right in the garden soil. Hope the planting season is good this year! Good luck with all yours.

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