choosing tomato varieties

Planning the Garden, Tomatoes
All America Selections (AAS) is a great place to start when looking for new tomato varieties to try. It’s is a national, non-profit plant trialing organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties and selects winners with superior performance. I toured a dozen seed breeders in CA with AAS last summer and…
 
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my tomatoes are finally in

Tomatoes
Finally!! I planted my peppers, eggplants, cukes, squashes, and tomatoes in my garden on Monday. It’s been a slow, cool spring here. I can’t eemember ever waiting til May 20(!) to pjant yomatoes. I planted the warm weather crops in my mom’s garden today. It was 60 with a light…
 
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my best tomatoes this year

Tomatoes
I’m almost out of garden tomatoes. Two weeks ago I picked the last of the green ones on my tomato vines. They’ve been gradually ripening indoors. Yesterday I made a batch of sauce, probably my last one after a summer of making nearly a batch a week. I only have…
 
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tomato seedlings are in

Starting Seeds, Tomatoes
My tomato seedlings are all transplanted out into my garden now. Yeah!! Finally. It’s turning point for me. For many things, gardens included, preparation is most of the effort. By the time my tomato seedlings go in, my soil has been amended, the seedlings raised and hardened off, and my…
 
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the last of my garden tomatoes

My Harvests, Tomatoes
All my green tomatoes have now ripened in their baskets in my kitchen. They are sadly 🙁 the last garden tomatoes and green peppers for our salads. Tomato season has come to an end. I have to say, however, that it’s been a really super tomato year. I made sauce,…
 
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true black brandywine tomato

Tomatoes
My favorite slicing tomato this year is definitely the True Black Brandywine. It’s a beautiful fruit. More productive than my regular Brandywines. And it tastes incredibly good. Either just plain, or with mozzarella, basil, and olive oil. Or layered on top of an eggplant with cheese, basil and olive oil…
 
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frost predicted

My Harvests, Tomatoes, Watching the Seasons
Right on schedule – Oct 10 – a frost is predicted tonight. I thought it would be late this year, but no, right on time. In the dusk, my husband and I picked all my green tomatoes and peppers, plus a few squash, watermelons, zucchinis, and one eggplant. We covered…
 
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comparing paste tomatoes

Tomatoes
I’m growing four varieties of paste tomatoes this year. Top: Amish Paste, middle: San Marzano, bottom: Jersey Devil. (My Heinz 2653 plant doesn’t have any ripe fruit right now.) My favorite is Jersey Devil, big, meaty, and very productive. I’ll definitely grow this one again next year. Last year I…
 
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transplanting tomatoes

Starting Seeds, Tomatoes
photo by Amelia Fannin A group of volunteers from my community garden got together and transplanted tomato seedlings yesterday. We do this every year. They are late blight resistant tomatoes: Jasper, Mountain Merit, Defiant and Iron Lady. We transplanted about 360 seedlings. We raised them at home under lights and…
 
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