Winter museing... (aka, the seed catalog's came in)
Posted December 30, 2010 - 10:10 PM
Burpee's "Big Mama"sounds awesome, but $12.95 for three Hybrid plants? Yea, I don't think so!
Posted December 30, 2010 - 10:34 PM
Posted December 31, 2010 - 09:00 AM
I went with the Opalka, and the LaRoma III. These two seem like they will make a great "mix" and I will have left over seeds to re-plant the following year. We can about 95% or our tomatoes for spaghetti sauce, so that is my top goal. I plan to put in 30 plants this year with maybe a 15 + 15 mix.
Then our other "massive crop" will be the bush beans, as we can a lot of those as well. My garden is 25' x 50' so the beans will be in 25' wide beds with about 8 plants wide. That's 200' of beans in each bed... I am looking at 4 beds like this for a total of 1000' of beans. The rest will depend on whether or not I get the 50' x 2' raised bed placed along one side this spring. I want to make smaller, protected beds for stuff like lettuce, carrots, and stuff like that. These beds may have removable "cages" that can be placed over them to keep everything out.
Larger View LaRoma III VFFNA Hybrid #5183 (30 seeds) $3.25
One of the very best 'Italian-type' tomatoes known for its outstanding vigor and uniformity has become even better. Big yields of 5 to 8 oz. fruit are produced on large, vigorous plants with excellent disease resistance. Expect larger fruit and healthier plants than with the standard Roma. Determinate. 76 days.
Larger View Opalka #5045 (30 seeds) $2.85
This is one of the best paste tomatoes we know, primarily because it makes sauce so good and sweet that you wouldn't even have to add flavoring to it. Tomatoes are large, at least 5 inches long, and shaped like a banana pepper with a pronounced tip on the bottom. Plants have wispy-type foliage, but are vigorous and very productive. The fruit has very few seeds and is extremely meaty with a rich, sweet flavor. Although they make outstanding sauce, these tomatoes are good enough to eat fresh. Heirloom variety originally from Poland. Indeterminate. 75 days
Edited by FirefyterEmt, December 31, 2010 - 09:15 AM.
Posted December 31, 2010 - 09:47 AM
Those look like good choices. Especially the opalka variety.
Posted December 31, 2010 - 10:13 AM
Posted December 31, 2010 - 11:57 AM
Al, Last year was the first year I did really wide row's and I loved it. I would guess spacing was 8" between plants in a square grid. The beans will benefit in a few ways from this. Eight square inches is a good space for a typical bush bean to grow and have just a slight overlap on the plants. I also put a layer or grass clippings on the bed once the plants come up a little. This combo left a rather weed free bed, and the heavy plant load covered the soil and helped it from drying out. The bed is pretty wide a little over 6 feet, but you can work them from both sides so a 3' reach is not bad at all. The wide swath of plants also help in high wind to keep plants from being blown over. With the increase in planting (which I may regret when harvest time comes) will span pretty much a 25' x 25' space, or HALF my garden! The three row's or tomato's will take up a good half of what is left. Then I have the peppers, butternut squash and the need for more room!
I can really add to my garden with the raised bed along the side. I plan to make 48" x 24" bed's which will be great for stuff like the peppers to go into. I would also like to transplant my rhubarb patch into one of the 24" x 48" beds too. The raised beds will also allow for the full cage like mentioned before, but I can make some "hoop houses" from plastic, or even a cold frame "add on" to harden plants, start early lettuce and stuff. Gardens are something that seem to grow bigger and grander every year... One day I would love to even have another 24" bed on the other side so that I could grow a patch of strawberries to mix with that rhubarb patch. Mmmmm... Yum!
Posted December 31, 2010 - 01:03 PM