Heirloom and Open Pollinated Tomatoes 2014

heirloom tomatoesWe have several heirloom and open pollinated varieties of tomato seedlings in the greenhouse this year. There’s quite a variety of shapes, sizes and colors! Did you know there are literally thousands of tomato varieties?

Here’s the descriptions of several of the varieites avialable this season. Come down and check them all out:

Cherry Varieties

Black Cherry РIndeterminate, 64 days  BLACK

This is a very popular heirloom that produces loads of round 1″ dark mahogany-brown tomatoes with the classic deep smoky black tomato flavor. Needs staking.

Chocolate Cherry – Indeterminate, 75 days BROWN

Round 1″ tomatoes grow in clusters of 8 on this open-pollinated variety. These incredibly sweet and . . . → Read More: Heirloom and Open Pollinated Tomatoes 2014

This Year's Veggie Patch

pineapple mintSo another spring, another garden on it’s way….and it’s about time.¬† I’m ready. In fact, things are already really starting to grow around here. :-)

Garden plans have been laid, seedlings have been started and supplies are coming in!

How Exciting!

Probably one of my favorite winter tasks is planning the garden and picking out which seed varieties I will grow. I have a thing for variety. For surprise. For color. My biggest problem, really, is narrowing it down to the few selections that will end up in the greenhouse and in the gardens!

So, many plants, so little time. Right? So, in the . . . → Read More: This Year’s Garden Patch

2011 Garden Plan - Tomatoes

On the never ending quest to find the “perfect tomato” I find myself more and more in love with this fruit. Not only are they ubiquitous in our diet, easily adding the perfect dimension to sauces, salsas, soups, salads and on and on, but they are also as varied as you could imagine.

2011 will see a rainbow of tomato colors here at the gardens – white, yellow, orange, pink, red, green, blue, black, and bicolored. Wow.

Even more! Every shape and size imaginable. Cherry, pear, strawberry, oxheart, round, flat, ruffled, pleated, fuzzy. Yes, fuzzy.

It never ceases to amaze me how one variety can grow fast and tall, . . . → Read More: 2011 Garden Plan – Tomatoes

Seed Bank Tomato Grow Out

So, this year I volunteered to grow out two varieties of tomato seed for the Populuxe Seed Bank: Orange Jubilee and Yellow Lemon. I will be saving pure seed of these varieties to send back to Kelly to add to the seed bank. Oh! What fun… :)

The Orange Jubilee seedlings are coming along fabulously. This indeterminate vine produces large sized yellow-orange tomatoes that mature in about 78 – 85 days, and is a heavy producer.

Right now the seedlings are about 6 – 8″ tall, and growing quite well. The weather has been nice, but the temps are going to dip down a . . . → Read More: Seed Bank Tomato Grow Out