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Time to order some seeds!

 I usually already have my order picked out by now, but I'm behind this year.  Most of my seeds last year came from Seed Savers

I had really great luck with my tomatoes.  I had three different kinds last year.  Italian Heirloom was by far my favorite.  If you are looking for a good canning tomato, this is it.  Most of the fruits were in the 1-1.5 pound range.  I even had one that hit over 2 pounds.  I took a picture of it on my phone last year, we'll see if I can get the picture off of it.  Chalks Early Jewel was a good slicing tomato.  It was perfect for putting on sandwiches and very prolific.  My favorite novelty tomato this year was a Green Zebra.  It was so much fun to watch them turn green with green stripes to yellow with green stripes.  Although I have to say it was a little weird eating a green tomato. 

Last year my tomatoes were out of control!  My cages were not sturdy enough for them.

These plants are a couple weeks old.  Potato bush right there in the front.

And the out of control tomatoes begins...cucumber plant down there at the bottom

That is not one big tomato plant, but rather about 8-10 plants.

Needless to say, I learned a lot of about the correct spacing of plants.  Although you can fudge a little from what they say, since most seed packets give directions for commercial plantings.

My absolute favorite veggie I grew last year was Amish Snap Peas.  Absolutely delicious and the more you pick the more they yield. 

And of course, I have to laugh at my potato snafu last year.  I bought both Yukon Gold and Red Gold (can't find it on the website) thinking that I ordered a good all purpose yellow potato and a red potato.  Wrong!  They are both varieties of Yukon Gold, except the Red Gold has red skin...duh!  If you've never grown potatoes, you definitely should.  They have great big beautiful bushes and they are a lot of fun do dig up at the end of the season. 

Lisa  – (January 31, 2011 at 9:23 PM)  

I used the last of my tomatoes in chili tonight! I sure can't wait for fresh tomatoes!!!

Steven Romero  – (February 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM)  

Those indeterminate tomato varieties can really get out of control can't they? During our long Spring tomato growing season from March thru June I've witnessed tomato plants getting over 6 feet tall. Supposedly Sweet Chelsea (a cherry variety) is a good survivor of our hot summers, and will grow to 10 feet - the local recommendation is to double-cage them. As far as cages are concerned we've had success using 6-foot pieces of concrete reinforcement wire tied together with bailing wire into a roll about 2.5 feet in diameter. This makes it easy to get an early start on those tomatoes cause you can wrap the whole 6 foot cage in clear plastic thus creating a mini-greenhouse for your transplants. It is advised to stake these types of cages down very well.

agirlonafarm  – (February 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM)  

@ Lisa, are you going to grow some tomatoes this year?

@ Steven, wow 10 feet tall tomato plants...and I thought mine was bad! I knew as soon as I made my cages last year that they weren't going to work. Interesting use for concrete reinforcement wire! I'm looking for some new cages this year, so I will keep those in mind!

Lisa  – (February 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM)  

I'm always trying to grow tomatoes but I don't have a green thumb:(

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