Perhaps my favorite thing to post about each year is the unveiling of tomato varieties to be grown in the upcoming garden. New varieties are just waiting in anticipation, and this year is gonna be a good one. I'm quite excited about it, and will start seeds next weekend. After germination takes place, that should make them ready for the lights around the 2nd of February. Most will be in the "black category" - meaning their color is brown/purple/blue of sorts. Anyway, here's my grow list for the warm season garden of 2011.
Photo below - Cherokee Purple - this is a long time favorite at my house, because the taste is absolutely incredible. However, i'll only grow 1 plant of this variety this year. Reason? I wanna try more varieties....
Photo below - Paul Robeson - I grew this one last year, but the squirrels got all but one single tomato. Thankfully, it allowed me to save seeds from it though.
Photo below - Black from Tula - First time for this one. I've read that this is the largest of the black varieties.
Photo below - Black Krim - First time for this one too..
Photo below - Brandywine Black, seeds shared by Dan. Oh boy, this is the one that I can't wait to try.
Photo below - Cherokee Chocolate - First time for this one
Photo below - White Tomesol - seeds from Robin. Strange looking tomato, but perfect for my weird little garden. It's gonna get alot of comments from visitors to the garden, I bet.
Photo below - Giant Belgium, seeds shared by Dan. Another new one, and i'm hoping for a whopper!
Photo below - Pineapple, seeds shared by Megan. First time for this one, too.
Photo below - Green Zebra, seeds shared by Dan. First time for this one.
Photo below - Brandywine Red - a staple in my garden....This is truly an impressive tomato, and I had tons of big ones last year from just 2 plants.
Photo below - Goose Creek. First time growing it....Kinda small sized, but i've heard great things about taste.
Photo below - Red Siberian, seeds from Charles. First time growing it, and it's capable of setting fruit at 38 degrees farenheit. You can bet that this one will be in the garden sometime in March, then most others in April.
Photo below - Stupice - grew it last year, but under less than ideal conditions. Only 2 tomatoes were gotten from the plant, but this year should be much different.
As you can tell, it's gonna be an interesting season, and i'll sure be able to judge which black variety becomes the favorite at our house. All plants will be grown in swc's/swp's right in front of Jude's pen, and squirrels won't be an issue this time around. Haha...
As usual, the progress of the seedlings in the propagation system will be shown throughout the cycle, and if anyone in the local area wants to come by to purchase some around the first of April, just let me know. Cherokee Purple and Brandywine will be for sale - and cheap, too!
After much thought, I have decided to only start 96 plants this time around. This will allow me to grow the seedlings to a much larger size before use, and facilitate the 28 oz. containers they'll be potted up to after the first true leaves have emerged. So, that leaves about 16 plants for me, and 80 plants to sell. I'll also be incorporating a bottom-heating system into the largest propagation system for better germination time - consisting of some playsand and a rope light that is 22 feet long....
Since peppers typically take much longer to germinate than tomatoes, I went ahead and began the germination process for them last night. Bell and Jalapeno will be grown inside the cat litter bucket propagation system, and 6 of each should be more than enough.
Lastly, I spent some time the other evening combining 4 different fertilizers to come up with an entirely new mixture for tomatoes. I made 2 gallons of the stuff, and it'll be used solely in the swc's that will grow tomatoes and cucumbers. The finished NPK value is about 6-3-6, and should do very well in my opinion. You know how I just love tinkering with things!
Take care, and happy gardening!