I have been writing a series of posts spotlighting specific varieties of edible plants. I’m loving the series but lately I have been struggling for varieties I feel passionate (or particularly knowledgeable) about . As a result I’m not going to write a spotlight every week – only when I have something I really want to spotlight. I would love it if others continue to spotlight good varieties though. Like Live in the Yard has done with Rainbow Carrots this week. A great post by a blogger I hadn’t come across prior to receiving the link. Thankyou!
If you do write a post please continue to let me know and I will add it to the index. I will also link to it in my Monday Harvest post if I haven’t written a Spotlight in that week.
Anyway enough of the housekeeping and on to what I wanted to write about today: Tomatoes – lots of varieties.
I have chosen to grow mainly, but not solely, apricot sized varieties this year. This is partially because my parents usually have incredibly prolific plants that supply most of my saucing needs and partially because I find the apricot sized ones the most useful for eating fresh. My kids like them that size and I enjoy them in combinations in salads etc. I figure by concentrating on just one main size of tomato I should be able to figure out which ones I like best and will grow in future.
So this year I am growing: Juane Flame, Green Zebra, Purple Cherokee and Yellow Pear (all thanks to Yvonne for the seed), Tommy Toe, Tiny Tim, Tigerella (thanks to Diana for the seed ), Black Cherry, Tomatoberry (thanks to Nina), and Rouge de Marmande. I might plant a few more but just reading this list is making me feel a little overwhelmed….
I sowed my seed at the start of July and the seedlings are well a truly up and looking good. This is what the majority of varieties looked like at the end of July:
They are about double that size now and look a lot sturdier. Interestingly the ones I put outside in the ‘Bunnings special’ mini greenhouse seem to be growing better than those on my daughters window sill. Perhaps they get more light.
The only variety which hasn’t done well so far is Green Zebra – only one came up and it isn’t looking super healthy so I think a resowing is in order. I suspect they prefer slightly warmer conditions.
I plan to pot my seedlings up at least once, possibly twice before I plant them out in the garden – probably during October if our Spring is reasonably warm. Hopefully the rodents stay away from this year and I get a bumper crop.
Which tomato varieties are you growing this year? Any apricot sized varieties I have missed that you would recommend?