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After much thought I finally picked out the 8 tomato varieties that I am growing this summer.  Most are varieties that I grown before but I will be growing 3 new varieties.

Rosso Sicilian

This will be the first year that I grow this variety.  It is an Italian heirloom brought to the US in 1987.

Cherokee Purple

Another new variety for 2011.  This is an heirloom tomato from Tennessee rumored to have come from the Cherokee.

Italian Roma

An heirloom paste and canning tomato from Italy

Currant Gold Rush

I have grown these currant tomatoes each of the last 2 years. It is one of my favorite tomatoes, the plant sets hundreds of 1/4″ tomatoes that are very flavorful and great on salads.  Here are some pictures from last year:

Currant Sweet Pea

Another variety that I have grown before, very similar to the currant gold rush only red.

Green Zebra

I have grown this green zebras each year that I have had a garden.  Very flavorful green tomato, great for making fried green tomatoes

Velvet Red

Grew velvet reds for the first time last year and it is my favorite cherry tomatoes.  The foliage of the plant has a silvery dust which makes it very unique. Yields hundreds of 1″ cherry tomatoes.

Nepal

A great heirloom tomato, 10-12 oz. bright red globe tomatoes.

 

I sowed the tomato seed about 2 weeks ago, I will have pics of the seedlings soon…

 

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Two of my favorite tomato plants this year are the Sweet Pea and Currant Gold Rush.  The tomatoes that develop on these two varieties are delicious and very addicting, we call them “crack berries”.  The fruit is very small, about 1/4″, and by the end of the season we will probably harvest over 1,000 tomatoes from each plant.  The tomatoes are very healthy containing as much as forty times more lycopene than common tomatoes.  The tomatoes are great to eat right off of the vine, but I also use them as a garnish on my summer salads.  As the summer winds down I am hoping to dehydrate the tomatoes and turn them into tomato raisins. Here are some pics.:

Sweet Pea

Currant Gold Rush

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This year we will be gardening in a Full Plot (25′ x 30′) at Hunt Park. As some of my blog readers know, Natalie and I are getting married this summer and we are planning to grow our wedding flowers in the garden plot. We are planning to dedicate about 1/3 of the garden to this task, the other 2/3 will be for the multiple veggies that we are growing. We are also going to construct a potato box, and grow some of the peppers in a Earth Box (thank you Cindy!).

There will be a walkway that will run the length of the garden. When you first walk in, there will be 3 tomato types on the left (Nepal, Gooseberry, Brandywine) and 3 tomato types on the right (Green Zebra, Red Pear, and Velvet Red). Next to each tomato plant there will be a row of carrots.

As you walk west in the garden (toward the top of the diagram), on the left is where we will construct our potato box. In that area we will also plant the other 2 tomato types (gold rush currant tomato and sweet pea tomato). The beet area will be on the right – 2 types this year (Bulls Blood and Chioggia).

As you continue West, the next are on the left will be the lettuce, broccoli, and kale patch. As the summer goes by this may used for something else since these things don’t do to well in the summer heat. The herb patch will be on the right (cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano). I will also place the Earth Box here which will include 2 types of pepper (Bull nose and Quadrato Giallo).

On the west end of the garden is where we are planning to plant our wedding flowers. We are growing 4 types here: Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Bells of Ireland, and Snapdragons.

Throughout the garden we will have some potted Sunflowers that will also be used for our wedding.

That is the plan for now…

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