The second set of tomato plants are a couple of inches tall as of the end of March. My intention is to start 4 to 5 tomato seedlings each month February to June. That will amount to 20 to 25 tomato plants spread over 5 months. My hope is to have tomatoes from May to November. Last year I was able to harvest tomatoes in November, but it was a relatively warm autumn.
This tomato is bright red with yellow stripes. I have grown this before, and the tomatoes end up being so pretty you don’t want to eat them, well almost, I still ate them. The tomatoes are about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. They have a tangy flavor that makes them great for salads with lettuce or pasta. This is an indeterminate tomato that generally bears fruit in 80 days.
This is a pretty (honestly, I think all tomatoes are pretty) green tomato named after the author, cook and activist, Michael Pollen. I have planted this tomato before, but not for a few years. It produces a great, abundant crop of small (1 to 2 inches) tomatoes, excellent for salads, salsa and just eating off the vine. The information on this tomato is confusing. It is both listed as determinant and indeterminate. The literature does seem consistent that it is a hybrid. My past experience is that the plant grows to 5-6 feet and bears tomatoes for a month or more which would probably make it an indeterminate.
This is another pretty tomato that I have grown before. It is an indeterminate, hybrid, cherry tomato that boarders on black. It is ready to pick in about 65 days. The flavor is not that of your typical cherry tomato (sweet), but has a strong taste, with high acid bordering on bitter. I really love the flavor, but it is not for everyone. The best way I have ever served this tomato is to slice a couple of dozen in half and toss them over hot pasta with a handful of arugula. Then drizzle olive oil over the top with generous salt and pepper. I must admit that I first grew this tomato because of the name. I love the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and with a name like the Black Pearl, I could not resist. Unfortunately, Sweet Tomato will not let me watch any of the movies any more when she is in the house. After she saw them with me for the 5th or 6th time she threw up her hands and said no more.Just a quick note: I got a new sound bar for my TV. I plan to watch the Pirate movies again soon when Sweet Tomato is not home. Just hope the neighbors don’t complain about the sound (I play it loud).
This is an indeterminate, heirloom tomato that matures in 80 days. I have never grown this tomato before, but it is advertised as a big (5 to 6 inch long) paste tomato. I would really like to find a large paste tomato for canning. I have tried San Marzano paste tomatoes with some success, but I like the way large paste tomatoes fill up my canning jars faster and easier.
This is a staple in my garden. I have grown these tomatoes each year for over 10 years. It doesn’t hurt that it is Sweet Tomato’s favorite tomato (I may not be the sharpest arrow in the quiver, but I understand that when Sweet Tomato says this is her favorite, I make sure it is in the garden). It is an indeterminate, hybrid tomato that matures in 74 days. It is very sweet with abundant tomatoes. It is the most popular tomato in Japan.