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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Official 2015 Tomato Variety List

Indigo Rose - Read more about the "Purple tomato" here.

Carry-overs from 2013 & 2014

Big Rainbow
Orange/yellow/red marble. Large. 85-90 days. Origin: The Gods. Flavor profile: perfection & worth the long harvest wait.

Black Krim
Dark red. Medium. 80 days. Heirloom. Origin: Russian. Flavor profile: rich, sweet.

New for 2015

Cosmonaut Volkov
Red. Medium-large. 60-75 days. Open-pollinated heirloom. Origin: Dniepropetrousk, Ukraine. Flavor profile: Rich, deep with a balance between sweet & tangy.

Indigo rose
Dark purple/red. 1-3 ounces. 70-80 days. Huge amounts of anthocyanins in skin. Darkest tomato. Flavor profile: More of a novelty, newly released (2012) variety, so there's not much info on the flavor profile available. I guess I will have to find out for myself!

Jersey Devil
Ruby-red. 5-6 inch long. 90 days. Pointed & pepper-like. Few seeds. Good for sauces/paste. Is an ancestor to the "Jersey Giant."

Pineapple
Yellow. Giant. 75-95 days. Red starburst in center. Flavor profile: super sweet, fruity.

Violet Jasper
Violet-purple w/green marbling. 1-3 ounces. 70-75 days. High-yielding. Origin: China. Flavor profile: mild.

Red Ponderosa (Crimson Cushion or "Beefsteak")
Red. Huge. 85 days. One of the original "Jersey tomatoes." Flavor profile: Everything.

Nectar Hybrid
Red. Cherry variety/small clusters. 65 days. Flavor profile: Ultra sweet.

I have a variety of tomato seeds in my seed box, so I may throw in a couple of different ones when the time comes. For now, this is my list. Seeds bought and ordered (or pulled out of storage)!

Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Garden: Planning

It feels like I was just pulling out the remnants from my vegetable gardens a month ago! Fall came and went so quickly I barely had time to notice! That was, at least, until I started to get that gnawing in my soul for dirt, grow-lights, and the waiting game. It's that time of year to plan for the sowing season!

After a debacle last year with my seeds not getting here in time (a month late), I figured I might get an earlier start in 2015. Order ahead of time, just in case. Right? Right!

Every year I write up a list of the different varieties of tomato I want to try, then whittle the list down until I have a group that's fairly balanced. Usually it consists of a cherry/small/cluster tomato, a plum tomato, an heirloom beefsteak, a hybrid, and then a balanced variety of oddballs in size, shape, texture, and purpose (sandwich, canning, salsa, sauce, etc.).

2015's list-of-tomatoes at the moment breaks down like this (has yet to be whittled down):
Big Rainbow
Black Krim
Nectar Hybrid
Violet Jasper
Big Mama
Cosmonaut Volkov (the name alone almost guarantees a place for 2015's peat pods!)
Indigo Rose
Watermelon Beefsteak
Pineapple
Moneymakrer
Moonglow
Ramapo
Beefsteak Red Ponderosa/Crimson Cushion
1184
Fireworks
Jersey Devil
Marianna's Peace

Aside from sugar snap peas, string beans, and other staples, this year I plan on starting some peppers, as well. I've been missing them in my gardens!

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