The last average frost date for my zip code is March 15, and for the next several days, both daytime and evening temperatures will be above 50 degrees.
And you know what that means -- it's Time for Tomatoes! And just in time, because my transplants have been pressing their little leaves against the window, like puppies pressing their noses against the glass, wanting to Go Out and Play.
Looks like I can let them off their leashes this weekend. This year I am planting three cherry tomatoes and three full-size varieties. That ought to be enough for two people, plus enough to share.
'Juliet' is a red grape tomato and 'Sun Gold' is a orange cherry variety. Both these varieties will flower and set fruit from May straight through to fall's first frost.
In addition, I'm trying a Chocolate Cherry tomato this year. I've heard good things about it.
In the heavyweight category, I've invited the old, reliable 'Celebrity' hybrid back this year, and two heirlooms. I planted 'Cherokee Purple' last year, and was happy with it. It produced several tomatoes in the spring, took the summer off, and surprised me with a few fall tomatoes from a bug-ridden, drought-stricken plant.
In addition, I was excited to find a single transplant of 'Jaune Flammee' at, of all places, Central Market. I've wanted to grow this juicy, mid-sized tomato since reading about it on the Zanthan Gardens weblog.
Mmm! My mouth is watering. Yes, it's Time for Tomatoes in my garden. What's it time for in yours?
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