It is that time of year again when I have to pick a few tomatoes from a list of thousands to grow. You have to consider previous performance, others reviews, determinate vs. indeterminate, color, heirloom vs. open pollinated versus hybrid, among others. It can prove to be a difficult task. After going through seed catalogs from Baker Creek, Sand Hill Preservation, and Burpee I think I have my mind made up.
This year I will doing a few things differently than last year. All of my tomato plants will be planted in Square Foot Garden’s instead of splitting them with the homemade earth boxes. This decision was not made, because of poor performance with the earth boxes, but to use the space saving advantages of vertical gardening. The other change will be type and number of plants. I was overwhelmed with tomatoes last year. I had a ton of cherry tomatoes and average tasting colored tomatoes, but too few slicing tomatoes. I do plan on growing melons this year so the space dedicated to tomatoes will be less. I do plan on growing at least 8 indeterminate plants on the trellis this year.
You can find my 2007 list here (http://allaboutsquarefootgardening.com/?page_id=13 ). The tomatoes I plan to carry over are:
- Kellogg’s Breakfast - Great tasting orange tomato. This tomato produced well for me and was unique. It was the most difficult to start from seed, but well worth it. I can not see a year when I will not grow Kelloggs Breakfast.
- Cuostralee -A wonderfully large red beefsteak tomato. It started strong and finished strong.
- Cherokee Purple - A nice dark tomato that has a very good tomato taste. The production wasn’t the best, but the plant was strong and healthy. Its timing on producing blossoms was a little off with the weather.
- Jet Star VF - This hybrid is early and good. The 8 ounce fruits are meaty and low in acid. This will be the third year I grow the Jet Star tomato.
- Aunt Ginny’s Purple - This plant failed for me last year, but it was my fault. I want to try this one again due to the great reviews.
These tomatoes will be new to me in 2008:
- Brandy Boy Hybrid - I am interested to find out if this tomato is really that to close to an heirloom taste. The production and size of the fruit looks good. They also claim a thin skin. I hope this one will work well so I can give a good review in the future.
- Tommy Toe - Last years cherry crops taste was unimpressive at best. The Piccolo was the only real stand out. I plan to grow Tommy Toe this year on the recommendations of others. It looks like the most difficult thing to grow this tomato is to find the seed.
- This last definite is up for grabs. You can post a comment on what you think I should grow. I don’t care what kind of tomato it is… I only want it to be good. Let me hear what you think.
So that is my 2008 Tomato List for my Square Foot Garden. I will have 4 4×4 SFG’s this year with a trellis on each. This should be plenty of room for the tomatoes, melons, and cucumbers to be able to get along.