Member Since: 09/29/2010

recent comments

Re: 2010 Tomato Roundup

I live in Ontario, zone 5B, and due to a poor tomato crop last year (cool and rainy) I selected only a couple of varieties of tomatoes to grow in our "square foot" raised bed organic garden this year. We live two blocks from the heart of our downtown in an older area with lots of mature trees so siting the garden left only the front yard which gets the sunlight required for growing vegetables (this year, my garden included two kinds of cucumbers on trellises, beans, peas, kale, 25 potato plants, peppers, beets and carrots, and two kinds of summer squash in addition to the tomatoes, all of which did fairly well except the beets and carrots which got shaded out by the tomato plants. Will not plant squash next year but everything else will be a repeat, just sited differently.)

For the second year in a row a friend had saved seeds from store-bought Campari tomatoes, a small apricot-sized tomato that is deep red and delicious. Last year they were the only tomato that produced anything at all, in spite of the weather. These little gems are grown either hydroponically or in green houses in southern Ontario. My friend started the seeds and brought me about 25 seedlings in April. I planted 6 and gave the rest away. These little gems were the most profilic of producers and taste great! We have eaten them as snacks, in salads, roasted for soup, and in quick little-cook tomato sauces, and I am still picking them even in the cool fall weather we've had lately.

I also planted a couple of heritage Brandywine and had good luck with those as well especially during the hottest part of the summer. Huge tomatoes that were sweet, low-acid and perfect for sandwiches and slicing just to eat as a side dish.

Some yellow pears tomatoes and some "sweetie" cherry tomatoes did very well in containers on the patio. Sorry, but have forgotten the specific variety.

On the Fine Gardening site, I took the recommendation of one of your tomato videos that encouraged gardeners to snip the new growth between the stalk and mature leaves. I did this for all my plants and had a significant improvement in quantity of fruit over the whole summer for all the tomatoes I planted.