So, naturally, I was very excited to sow my tomatoes this week. I started four varieties this year: Rutgers, Super Sweet 100, Fresh Salsa and Cherry Red.
"Rutgers" is my absolute favorite tomato. I have tried many varieties of slicing tomato over the years, and I just can't find one to outperform "Rutgers". Although, I will admit I may be biased. Rutgers University is my Alma Mater and I worked for them for many years. They're also still holding my pension. Nepotism aside, "Rutgers" is still a great variety. It's hardy, disease resistant, prolific and flavorful. It always has a place in my garden.
"Super Sweet 100" is another variety that has earned its place in my garden with it's hardiness and fecundity. "100" is actually an understatement, they should really add another zero. It produces steadily throughout the season, right up 'til frost. And the green tomatoes are perfect for pickling.
"Fresh Salsa" is a variety I just started planting last year. It's a plum tomato that promises "all meat", and they aren't lying! The first time I cut into one, I didn't know what to think. There was no juice, few seeds and the texture was oddly crisp for a tomato. The raw flavor was good, but I was really put off by the texture. I didn't care for the pico de gallo I made with it, either. The texture was just too weird! I wasn't sure about planting it again. Then I made a red sauce out of it. Wow! Cooking is this tomato's true calling. I was so impressed, I'm planting more this year. The only down side, it got blossom end rot mid season. I'll be adding lime this year, so hopefully we won't have that problem again.
I've never planted "Red Cherry" before and don't know anything about it. In purchasing it, I was the victim of a shameless marketing ploy. Ferry Morse has cleverly emblazoned the seed packet with Sesame Street's Elmo. As soon as my 2 year old daughter saw it, we had to have it. I don't know what it is about that little red Muppet, but he's like toddler crack. They can't live without him and will beg for any product emblazoned with his bug-eyed mug. And so I'm planting "Red Cherry" tomato. I tip my hat to you, Ferry Morse.
Along with my sowing, I realized it was time to transplant my celery. They were starting to escape their container. It was like a celery jungle.
|Yum, celery jungle.......|
I was originally going to put each little seedling in it's own container. Then I realized that was way too much work. So, I put them into some big nursery pots where they'll have room to spread. It won't be long until they go out to the garden, anyway.
Which reminds me: We'll be having warmer weather this week. It's time for the cool season veggies to start hanging out on the porch to harden off. Here in zone 6, their transplant time is early March and that's right around the corner. My babies are growing up!
For more seed starting fun, join Dave at the The Home Garden for Seed Sowing Saturday!