Visions of Tomatoes Dancing in My Head

Saturday, January 4, 2014
First Quarter Waxing Moon in Aquarius
Jupiter Retrograde
Celtic Tree Month of Birch
Snowy and Cold

The seed catalogs are arriving daily, and I’m immersing myself in garden-planning porn.

Of course, I don’t plan my garden properly. I don’t sit there and figure out bed sizes and how much room I’m going to use for each plant and so on and so forth, the way I’m supposed to.

I fantasize about enough plants to fill the Botanical Garden and a good-sized farm site, then winnow it down to what I can afford, and then buy/start whatever I can and arrange it from there. I keep promising myself that when I own my own house and land, things will change, but I won’t know that until I get there.

2013 was a terrific year for tomatoes. I only grew two kinds and I only grew them in pots, but we got such a grand harvest it was December by the time we were finished. I didn’t grow enough to can or make sauce, but I grew enough to enjoy from mid-summer into December. Considering there were only Beefsteak and Roma, and five pots with three plants each in them, I think that’s pretty good.

I will definitely grow both of those kinds of tomatoes again this year. I did not get my hands on the seeds for the Principa Borghese tomatoes, which I loved the year before. I didn’t grow any Silvery Fir because, although the plants were gorgeous, I was disappointed in the taste of the actual tomatoes.

So what others should I try? Sun gold? Early girl? Every catalog has dozens of varieties, and they make my mouth water. I do want to stick to organic and/or heirloom varieties. I’m going to start the plants earlier and inside this year. I also have to make sure I don’t overdo it — I’m limited in the number of oversized, tomato-friendly pots I can have, and experience has taught me that the tomatoes much prefer residing on the covered deck than out in the vegetable bed or in pots near the terraced wall.

Hopefully, the basil will do better this year, and be happy with the tomatoes. I tried growing six different kinds of basil last year, some with tomatoes, some independently, and NONE of them came up. I was NOT a happy camper. The marigolds, however, went above and beyond to keep the tomatoes company.

Which variety of tomatoes are your favorites, and why?

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pat Marinelli
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 17:23:05

    My basil was great this year and so was my parsley, but most times I can’t get parsley to grow at all. My tarragon didn’t do well this year, nor did Hubby’s tomatoes. We had no eggplant at all. Strange summer here. We’ll see what happens this year.

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  2. devonellington
    Jan 06, 2014 @ 12:43:46

    Yeah, no eggplants here, either. Or zucchini. Or pumpkins. Hoping it’ll be a better year for all that this year.

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