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Shari29-Aug-06 12:49 PM EST 6a   
Michelle. L.30-Aug-06 12:58 AM EST 5a   
Shari30-Aug-06 05:00 PM EST 6   
Michelle. L.31-Aug-06 11:50 AM EST 5a   
Shari01-Sep-06 02:10 PM EST 6   


Subject: Tomato varieties
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6a
Date: 29-Aug-06 12:49 PM EST

Tomatoes are my absolute favorite vegetable to grow. To me nothing says "summer" like a perfectly ripe tomato fresh picked from my own garden. My favorites are two cherry varieties, Sun Sugar (dark gold and ssssoooooo sweet) and Sugar Snack (red, and sooooo sweet! I used to grow Sweet Millions till I discovered this one!) I also really like the Lemon Boy variety of full-sized yellow tomato - very sweet and mild.

When it comes to most full-sized tomatoes though I'm stumped as to which ones to plant - there are so many choices! This year I've been really pleased with my First Lady, but disappointed with Black Prince (an heirloom tomato.)

So I'm curious...any recommendations from experienced tomato gardeners for next year?


Subject: RE: Tomato varieties
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 30-Aug-06 12:58 AM EST

I grow "Early Girl" tomatoes, and I have in the past grown "Beefsteak", they are HUGE!!! I do prefer the Early Girl though, and if you can find them a really good heirloom tomato to grow is "Brandywine"...that real tomato from the garden taste.. Yum!! I agree, there is nothing quite like the tomatoes from your garden, even the tomato-on-the vine from the grocery store which is pretty good doesn't compare.


Subject: RE: Tomato varieties
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 30-Aug-06 05:00 PM EST

Ah Michelle...I knew I'd hear from you! Thanks for the suggestions, I'll give 'em a try. I currently have 7 different varieties!


Subject: RE: Tomato varieties
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 31-Aug-06 11:50 AM EST

7 varieties??? WOW, you must have a ton of tomatoes.. do you can any? I like the yellow kind my self too, but don't grow any as the rest of the family prefer the red ones..maybe next year I will plant a yellow one just for me!!!


Subject: RE: Tomato varieties
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 01-Sep-06 02:10 PM EST

I actually don't have a ton of tomatoes as I only have one plant of each variety, except for the Romas which are 3. And just enough ripens at a time to keep us in fresh eating, although by season's end I could see some serious tomato abundance!

I do can a year's supply of salsa and tomato sauce every year but I have to buy tomatoes to supplement my garden supply. Next year I am planning to be self-sufficient though.

You should definitely plant the yellow one for yourself! Mixing yellow and red tomatoes makes a very pretty salad and that way no one feels deprived of their preference. A quick saute of red and yellow cherry tomatoes in olive oil, with garlic and fresh basil/parsley/chives makes a tasty and quick pasta topping sprinkled with parmesan & black pepper!

Treat yourself girl - if you're the gardener, why not grow something you like?


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