Busy weekend in the garden! We bought and planted 5 varieties of tomatoes during our community garden’s annual heirloom tomato sale. The seedlings were grown by Windrose Farms in Paso Robles. Descriptions below are from their plant tags.
- Japanese Black Trifele – Black Tomato, Indeterminate, 75-80 days. Exceptional fruit with the shape & size of a pear with rich flavor. Abundant producer of great purplish-black, smooth fruit. A favorite! Good for coastal gardens.
- Cherokee Purple – Dark Purple Tomato, Indeterminate, 80 days. A must-have in every garden. Beautiful 12 oz dusky rose/purple heirloom beefsteak from Tennessee, with a sweet rich flavor.
- Isis Candy – Bi-Color Cherry, Indeterminate, 67 days. Delightful medium sized yellow-gold cherry tomato with red marbling. From just a blush of red to streaks , always a sweet delicious rich fruity taste.
- San Marzano – Roma Tomato, Indeterminate, 80 days. Excellent for canning, paste, or puree. Rectangular pear-shaped, 3-1/2 in. long bright red fruit with mild flavor & meaty texture.
- Cosmonaut Volkov – Indeterminate, 65 days. This Russian heirloom, named form the Russian space explorer who fell through space is the quintessential eating tomato. A juicy, sweet, rich full-bodied early slightly flattened 8-12 oz. tomato that will produce well in cold or coastal conditions.
We choose a good mix of colors, shapes and purposes to give us good variety all summer long. Since we are growing our tomatoes on a trellis, we choose indeterminate tomatoes that will keep growing till they die.
We also built 2 trellises (72 inches tall by 96 inches long by 30 inches long) to support the tomatoes, cucumbers and butternut squash we have planned for the summer.
We also saw the first red strawberries from our strawberry tower! Looking forward to many more.