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January 15, 2009


That list is impressive. You are blessed to have the space and weather to permit such entries into the contest. I, on the other hand, have only 70-85 days with cool nights. Last year I gave some heirlooms a try, but it wasn't a good tomato year. Because they didn't perform well, I almost tossed them, but will give one plant each another go. My favorites for this region are Cosmonaut Volkov and Rutgers. They never fail to perform. Amish Paste, Super Marmande and Burbank are my new ones to try. Getting another chance are Cherokee Purple, Pruden's Purple, and Glacier. Is that enough?

In my world Tomatoes, like everything else, have to have a reason to exist and take my energy, time, and money. For me they must meet two criteria. First they MUST taste great. Other wise what's the point? Second they must be something the market wants (the market being first my family and second the folks at the local farmers market where we sell lots of produce. If no one want's them why should I bother growing them? Heirloom Tomatoes are a great philosophical position, but the good ones have already gone on to become the tomatoes we love. What are you going to do with the rest?

If I had the space I would grow that many or more.

The Japanese Black Trifele are pretty much pear shaped. I grew them last year, airy plant, smallish fruit and lots of them, Nice taste too.

That's a lot of tomatoes. I don't even have room for 35 plants. I'm lucky to grow 5 different kinds. I would grow 5-10 kinds if I had the room.

Hi, I'm new here but I wanted to tell you that yes, the japanese black trifele are absolutely pear shaped and totally delicious, too. That and the black krim were my favorites from last year (I grew 12 varieties)

I am jealous! I am in Western Australia and have 10 in this year. they are all doing well and are nearly ready to ripen. My all time favourite is tigerella- an heirloom- not sure if it is available over in the States. Tomato planning is so much fun- I am already starting to think about it for next year. My aim this year was to grow 10 varieties and then choose the best ones to grow again next year and add a couple of new ones in.

Good luck.

You're nuts.

In a good way.

In the past, we (read me, my wife is more sane) have gone overboard in our varierty selection. We're resurrecting our vegetable garden and I hope we will rein in our urges and stick with a several varieties and do them well. We'll use three of our 4- by 8-foot beds for tomatoes. That's 18 plants.

We will be adventurous and start some from seeds. We'll buy a few seedlings from a friendly backyard nursery man. You've got us thinking about what to plant.

Not too many, as long as you can pull it off space wise! I used to trial a lot of things in my 1/3 acre garden, but now that I have a smaller kitchen garden I have to be more selective.

Wow, I thought I planted a lot of different varieties.....you got me beat. In my fall garden (I live in North/Central Florida) I planted Early Girl, Black Krim, Red & Yellow Brandywine, Aunt Ruby's Green, Cherokee Purple, Black Sea Man, Grandaddy, and Orange-Strawberry. I actually just pulled the plants a two days ago. Our favorites? Black Krim, Early Girl, Black Sea Man, Red Brandywine.

I wasn't impressed with Aunt Ruby....maybe because I could never tell when they were ripe! LOL!

Wow that is quite the list can hardly wait to see your garden this summer.

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