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It has happened again! The seed catalogs came to my house and I couldn’t resist looking at everything that was new and wondering if some of my favorites were still around. Well, maybe I looked a little too hard and a little too long. I started thinking of all the things I could do with the tomatoes, and other vegetables, I wanted to grow.
I couldn’t help myself; I might have gone a bit overboard. However, I will share with you five (how can I pick just five?) of my most favorite tomatoes:
Most gardeners would probably stop at fewer tomatoes than this in their gardens… Not me. In fact this is just the beginning. I will be growing about 8 more varieties to see how they perform in our climate. That is just what I will be starting from seed. Who knows what other varieties might find their way into my garden from some garden center I happen to stop by.
I don’t know what it is about tomatoes, but I have always enjoyed a good tomato. As a child, it seemed that we were planting, growing, and covering a hundred tomatoes each year. Funny thing is I have vivid nightmares of growing up and having to help my father cover (and then uncover) the tomato crop that was in the family garden, protecting them from the pending frosts of fall. He was determined to keep tomatoes on the vine as late into September and even into October as he could. Now it seems that I possess the same tomato gene as he does. I even found one of his old favorites and planted it last year.
I realize that tomatoes aren’t for everyone, and not everyone might be as crazy as I in growing so many different varieties. Oh but the rewards of a wonderful tomato sandwich, cucumber and tomato salads, homemade salsas, and of course a slice of tomato on a hamburger right off the grill.
With the news reports indicating that the current tomato crop has been damaged, due to the weird and abnormal weather and temperatures, summer can’t come quick enough bringing the wonderful flavors of the harvest.
I have started my seeds (tomatoes and peppers) growing, pretty soon I will actually start working the soil out in my garden preparing it for an early crop of peas. Yes, we have had a cold hard winter, not a lot of snow in my area unlike others across the country, but the cold that chilled us to the bone. As the days are getting longer and warmer, it brings comfort to know that Spring is around the corner.
What are some of the Tomato varieties you like to grow? Please feel free to leave what you like so others can share.
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