Sunday, May 31, 2009


Today, I decided, was a good day to plant tomatoes! Gardening! I first placed a call the the parents who have been growing tomatoes for something like 35 years. I got some good advice, and then headed off to the nursery to buy some plants. The first two nurseries I tried had very mature plants in tiny pots. The advice I got said to find plants that were under 4" tall. This being late on a Sunday, and late in the season for planting tomatoes it was difficult to find small plants. The nurseries probably would have had big trays full of young plants in April. I gave up on the mom-and-pop shops and headed to the big box store where I hoped the high volume would lend itself to younger plants. Limited success. The plants I did find were in bigger containers so the bigger plants were hopefully not too root bound. I ended up with the following silly named tomato varities:
Park's Whopper
Japanese Pink Tomato
(the 10 seconds I spent looking at that page led me to believe that these tomatoes are laced with MSG)
Bonnie Select
Early Girl

I learned about the difference between determinate/indeterminate and heirloom/hybrid plants here. I wasn't paying attention to the determinate/indeterminate and I ended up with 3 indeterminate and 2 determinate. The difference being that the determinant grow a 'crop' and then sort of fall off. Where indeterminate will keep cranking out tomatoes until the first frost.

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