At the end of last summer I decided I would not grow more than two tomato varieties - one for salads and the other for sauces. But I am afraid to say I did not stick to agreement...who can when you read names like:
Green zebra striped tomato
Amish salad tomato
Aunt Ginny's purple tomato
Amish paste tomato
How is a girl to choose?This gardening girl has to choose as my garden is not big enough to host all these wonderful names. I have chose 5 varieties and will be staggering their planting so that they do not have flowers at the same time to prevent cross pollination.
As I also needed a system to stop me confusing all the seedlings I turned to the boxes we have collected because of buying juicing vegetables for our daily juices.
Each tomato variety is started as per usual in a newspaper pot and the filled pots are placed into a beer box.
When they have their first leaves, I transplant them into bigger pots and then place them in a labelled fruit box.
In a few weeks they will be transplanted once more, slightly deeper, into bigger pots and then labelled with a marker cut from an old milk container.
I have started two varieties already - Roma and Beefsteak - which will be the first in the ground. About 2 weeks later I will do the next batch and so on.
I am hoping that I will be able to see all 5 varieties to the table. Last year we lost most of our tomatoes to blight which was quite disheartening.
One way to avoid it again is to plant in a different area than that year. It was also seed that I had brought in from the USA which would have been acclimatised to that climate, not ours.
This year I am using South African seed and won't import again, now that I am a bit wiser.
Talking about seed varieties, I picked up my seed potatoes and other seed packs from Living Seeds and I was delighted to see their new print catalogue. Take a look at this fantastic gardening help, so much more than a seed catalogue!
You can buy a catalogue here for R20 or you can get one for free when you place your order of a certain value with Living Seeds.