Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In the ground ... finally

On Sunday a few little plants went into the vegetable garden - strawberries, peppers, collards and one tomato.

This bed is anxiously awaiting seeds!
This is the lone tomato - who was immediately whipped around into a limp mess by the gusty winds, so I propped him a little and didn't plant the other two.  We are supposed to have storms today, so I thought I would wait just a few days more.  Then yesterday, lo and behold, my TomatoBob Heirloom seed order arrived!
In addition to my traditional celebrity plants, I am going to try Black Krim,Yellow Giant Belgium, Omar's Lebanese and Eva's Purple Ball.  I also got a free sample package of Hank tomato seeds.  I chose varieties that aren't as likely to split - a problem here with occasional torrential rains, and those that are also pretty heat- tolerant.  

Around here we typically get two seasons from our tomatoes - a brief respite in August/September when it's too hot for most varieties to set, and then a full second season of yummy tomatoes after that.  My stand-bys are Celebrity, Big Boy, and Better Boy, but I just love to try new varieties.  Last year we also grew Cherokee Purple and Juliets, interesting, but not as tasty as some.

What are your favorites?  Determinate or indeterminate?  Any great heat-tolerant tomatoes I just have to try?  I'm always looking for new recommendations!


Meems said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.

Well, I would love to be knowledgeable enough to give you a recommendation for tomatoes but more likely I would need to get them from you. Maybe next year? LOL

It looks like you have things under control with your plan and your space... I'll be checking back to see how things go... err... I mean grow.
meems @ hoeandshovel

vertie said...

I'm trying out Black krim this year as well. We'll have to compare notes. I've had good luck with yellow pear and liked the yellow boys we grew, but I didn't find them this year.

I learned a neat trick about planting tomatoes from a friend: remove all leaves put the top set and bury the whole stem. You can dig straight down or lay the plant sidewise. Tomatoes are one of the few plants that will grow new roots from the stem. Planting them this way should keep them toppling over so easily.

Diana said...

Meems - Your garden is going to be great! We'll get to watch each others' grow!

Vertie --I like eating the yellow pear, though I've never grown it. I almost got it this year, so keep us posted on yours! I did plant my tomatoes much deeper into the ground to give them some more strength. The last few years they have grown WAY above their cages!

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

I tried 'Black Krim' last year but neither of us liked the flavor even though it gets high marks for flavor from most reviewers. Some people suggested it really prefers cooler climes so I'll be interested in hearing about your experiences.

This year we got 'Persimmon' again, and two we've never tried before 'Cherokee Chocolate' and 'Green Pineapple'. We really don't have enough sun for tomatoes anywhere in the yard so I can't grow as many as I'd like.

Diana said...

MSS - Interesting -- well, we certainly don't qualify as a cooler climate, so it will be interesting to see how our Krim do. Then again, that's assuming I can get seedlings to grow and transplant without killing them!