…And The Search Still On
Plant and seed catalogs start to pile up at this time of year. It’s always fun to leaf through them as there’s not much I can do in the garden and they give me ideas for next season. Now is the time to look for new plants, plan new arrangements for the garden, and order new seeds to experiment with. The growing season starts in less than two months. March is when I start my chili pepper and tomato seedlings. It doesn’t matter how cold or how high the snow is outside. If I don’t start seedlings for these two vegetables early, there will not be enough time for them to produce mature fruit. The growing season in the Northeastern part of the US is very short I have to start early in the house.
We love tomatoes, especially home grown tomatoes. We did really well with our tomatoes last year. Not just what we grew in our garden, the seedlings we had given to friends and colleagues did well too. I think the weather really helped. I experiment with new types of tomatoes every year and continue to grow only the ones we like best. Our favorites are Brandywine, Mortgage lifter, Cherokee purple and Rose for large tomatoes.
We love cherry tomatoes too but never had much luck finding one whose taste we really loved until last year. We have been depending on the self-sown tomatoes for our cherry tomatoes. They grew fast, strong and very sweet. The seeds or plants I bought have been disappointments until last year. I found Indigo cherry and Nova, which are very beautiful and tasty. I will grow these two cherry tomatoes again this year but I am still looking for a new one to try.
At this point we still debating between the Black Krim-Heirloom from Crimea or Burpee’s Steakhouse Hybrid. But our favorites and the Chocolate will always have their place in our garden.