Wel guys.... I think I may have enough tomatos for this year! The hard part will be trying to even find a place to stick enough! Many of these I will just have one or maybe two planted, I just don't have the room here at the new place. However, I want to try a lot more with containers, the greenhouse and stuff like that. This method will be new to me, so any advice is helpful! I will have plenty in my raised bed gardens, but I need the paste for sauce. I want to play with some of the other ones in containers and maybe more raised beds if I can get them done in time. I want to lay out my new garden in smaller beds then the one large raised bed that I have now.
But onto my seeds! This year will be my first year to try to grow out plants from my own saved seeds. I kept the very best tomato from my Opalka's and was given a few tomato's from an Italian gardener friend of mine.
Those seeds will give me these:
- Black Russian
- Green Zebra
But I wanted to add some more to my garden and had ordered these from the Tomato Growers Co.
- San Marzano
- German Giant
- Sweet Pea cirrant
- Yellow Pear
- Costoluto Genovese
Oh... but we know this is a sickness, right? So I found this seed trading group and kinda picked out maybe, well... nine more!
- Rio Grande
- Costoluto Fiorentino
- Rio Fuego
- Mortgage Lifter
- Believe it or not
- Louisiana Pink
so I mean, seriously... that's almost 20 tomato TYPE'S! I have to see how my garden layout will be once it's a bit warmer. I have an odd shaped raised bed garden that is maybe 15' suqare. (I will really miss my big old 25'x50) But the greenhouse kind of makes up for it. I know there are some that I will not even grow out for myself, like the Juilet, Green Zebra, and Brandywine... I have others that are cooler to grow! I want to spend some time and maybe try some in the greenhouse for some of the longer growing ones. I will have some in larger pots that were left here, and some other containers, like 5 gallon buckets. I just need to sort out how many I can find places to them!
Some of these will just be the one lone plant, but I will grow out plenty of extra to share with friends. I am not sure if this will be done by spring, but out town has started work on a community garden. If there is extra space, I might place some stuff out there, and even offer orphan plants for adoption! I need so save some space here for things other than just tomatos too! It will be fun seeing how well stuff does in the greenhouse. I am thinking I may try some bush beans under the benches in the raised beds. It's like starting all over, and with all new methods! I also have a surplus of sauce this year so far, my last count still had me at 18 quarts & 5 pints in the pantry!