Tomatoes…

First- We got just short of an inch of rain yesterday! Great!

That means that the ground can’t be worked for a few days, so it’s been a great day for Will and I to catch up on work in the greenhouse.  Our tomatoes, which were started in micro-blocks, and then moved to 2-inch blocks, we’re already outgrowing their blocks and were ready to be potted up into their own 4 inch pots!  It was a great opportunity for us to inventory everything we had, and find out exactly how many we had of each….it’s a lot!  We’re happy to have a lot of diversity and a lot of healthy plants, but they sure take up a lot of room in our greenhouse.  We’re already having to find creative ways to make more room in our greenhouse, and having to pot up our tomatoes sure made that even more complicated!

A partial few of some of our varieties

We had to add a middle row to support more of our trays.

We are trying about 30 varieties this year.  We have both cherries and slicers, and a lot of diversity in color, patterns, and of course, flavor!

These are our varieties for the year:

POLISH LINGUISA
HUAN U
TC JONES
BEAUTY KING
COSTULUTO GENOVESE
ROMA
YELLOW VERMISSAGE
AUNT RUBYS GERMAN GREEN
TAPPYS HERITAGE
REV. MORROW’S LONG KEEPER
CHADWICK CHERRY
BIG RAINBOW
DR CAROLYN
REISETOMATE
ISIS CANDY
VORLON
RIESENTRAUBE
GOLD MEDAL
ORANGE ICICLE
DR WYCHE YELLOW
GREEN ZEBRA
CHEROKEE PURPLE
BEAUTY QUEEN
SUNGOLD
DEFIANT
JUJUBE CHERRYBLACK CHERRY

We’ll also be emailing out this list of varieties and their descriptions with pictures when our tomatoes start fruiting, so that at the end of the season we can hear from everybody what they liked and what they didn’t, so we know what to keep growing next year, and we can also try out some more!  That is the beauty of heirloom seed- the variety in the seed bank is so large!  If you are interested in reading more about any of these varieties (there is often a great story behind the seeds) or reading more about heirlooms in general, check out Baker’s Creek heirloom seed company. ( http://www.rareseeds.com )

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2 thoughts on “Tomatoes…

  1. Trina April 6, 2012 / 1:10 pm

    Enjoying the updates on your progress. Can’t wait to taste those tomatoes!

  2. Tracy G April 6, 2012 / 2:50 pm

    Awesome. Baker Creek is the main source for the seeds we plant in our community garden plot. This year, our focus is beans, melons, and squash. Since those take so much space, Dan and I weren’t planning to grow tomatoes of our own. It’ll be nice to see such fun varieties in our CSA boxes!

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