I'm not very good at seeds. I plant them too early in little pots and then they take off and then they dry out and then they flop and then they don't do so well after that. It makes me nuts.
For years, I bought tomatoes, eggplant, fennel, etc. in pots. It worked fine, but we've been very limited as to the available varieties. A few hybrid tomatoes and peppers and whatever single variety of eggplant, fennel and leeks they have - if any.
|Sioux on the vine|
[To be completely honest, I bought one plant of Early Girl just in case all my seedlings died. She, of course, took right off and bore first.]
I tried these varieties:
- Bonny Best
- Red Zebra
The Bonny Best is at the end of a row, away from the sprinkler. It's a smaller plant, and I wonder if it just didn't get the water the other plants got and that's why it's smaller. The fruit is round and regular, but not huge.
Hazelfield is a great producer. Very large plants, very large fruit. Some is irregularly shaped - like the one in the top left of the photo [right]. They take their time ripening, but the yield is worth it.
Sioux is also a very heavy bearer. The fruit is also large and sometimes irregular. These ripened about a week before the Hazelfield.
Red Zebra was my effort to try a type of tomato that wasn't red. I'm just not into the yellow and lighter tomatoes. My kids talked me into these.
|Green tomatoes - Red Zebra|
The fruit are smallish, but by golly, they're adorable. The stripes show up even when they're green so you'll be able to tell which plant this is as soon as it sets fruit.
|Red Zebra Tomatoes|
I'm especially pleased with this tomato because I have never been able to grow romas. These are even better!
I'm hoping for a bumper crop of these. I've got big plans to oven roast these with some olive oil and garlic. Then pop them in jars to freeze for the winter. Mmmmmm.
Now that I know I can grow things from seed, I'm sold on heirloom tomatoes. Now I just need to learn how to save seed so I can grow them again next year.