I need your help with my seed choices!

comments (5) December 28th, 2011

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Jillian_Faye Jillian Liebman, member
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I fell in love this past summer, but it wasn’t with someone tall, dark, and handsome. Instead, my lover was leggy, leafy, and green. This mystery companion was my ‘Juliet’ tomato plant that quickly grew from a small seedling to a mature plant. Every time I went out on my porch, my plant was just a bit bigger and my tomatoes were just a bit riper. I was addicted to watching my ‘Juliet’ tomatoes and my other vegetables grow. My first year gardening proved to be a rewarding experience and I ended up harvesting tomatoes, potatoes, green bell peppers and basil. I am still incredulous, months later, that I managed to keep those plants alive. My sense of accomplishment has turned to excitement about planning my garden for the upcoming year and, luckily, these winter months are affording me time to do just that.

Tomatoes have long been my favorite fruit and the two varieties I grew in my Connecticut (6A zone) garden were inevitably my prized plants. In addition to my true love, ‘Juliet’ tomatoes, I grew a variety only marked as ‘container’ tomatoes. This year I hope to grow at least four different varieties of this flavorful fruit. I don’t plan on doing anything fancy with my tomatoes, I’m not mashing them into paste or drying them in the sun. I just want small ones to pop in my mouth right off the vine and larger ones to slice up and drizzle balsamic vinegar on before I enjoy with a fork and knife.

 The other day I received the Tomato Growers Supply Company catalog I requested using our Garden Catalog Collector and the choices within the pages are overwhelming. From ‘Early Wonder’ tomatoes to ‘Kimberly’ tomatoes, the list goes on and on. Knowing what type of tomato to choose feels like a game of chance or for someone more knowledgeable than I.

Another contributor, Jodi Torpey, recently posted a blog where she asked for recommendations on what types of tomatoes to grow this upcoming season, Tomatoes: Request for Reader Recommendations. The comments she received, however, didn’t differentiate between those that need to spread out in a garden and those that can be grown in large containers. I am strictly looking for the latter, since my garden, once again, needs to be a container garden. I would love for you to share your favorite container tomato choices with me.

I know I want a garden full of edibles, so in addition to some delicious tomatoes I have to decide what other fruits and veggies I want to grow. If you have any other ideas of what will grow well in containers I would appreciate hearing them. I’m so eager to start my garden this summer and want to make sure I am armed with the best seed choices.  I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!


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Comments (5)

jnine128 writes: You could put a stake in the pot and just tie the plant to it as it grows! We have had a garden for over 20 years in a northern climate and keep going back to the Sungold cherry tomatoes. Sugary is a good variety too! Cherokee Purple is very tasty and pretty as are the Zebra striped tomatoes. Brandywine might be too big, but oh, are they the best! Amish paste make great sauce!
Posted: 6:01 pm on January 4th
loochherb33 writes: ....you are on the right track, juliet is one of the best multi-purpose tomatos I have ever grown (and I do this for work)......sun gold and amana orange are also on the top of my list. As far as growing in containers, I have earlier in my life grown many different varieties in pots/containers-it just needs to be done correctly-proper soil and organic fert. (I prefer making an organic "tea" from compost or worm castings, not too much nitrogen though.Use as big a pot/container as you can get your hands on-valencia is also on my favorite list.
Posted: 10:53 am on December 29th
ChrisMcLaughlin writes: Hi Jillian,

You're going to want to keep an eye out for determinate tomato varieties as opposed to indeterminate types. Cherry tomatoes are also an excellent option.

http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/10460/should-you-grow-determinate-or-indeterminate-tomato-plants
Posted: 9:47 pm on December 28th
Juliac4 writes: Try growing any type of vegetable in an earthbox or any self watering planter gardeners supply has a wide selection. I have had really good luck with peppers and eggplant. Never got much production from eggplant in the ground
Posted: 7:27 pm on December 28th
RussLikesSoup writes: I have some cherry tomatoes growing in a Sky Planter and it's doing well. I think they're Santorinis. My dog loves tomatoes as much as I do, so the upside down pots are great for keeping them out of her grasp.
Posted: 3:31 pm on December 28th
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