Because I didn't know for sure that I'd be here all of summer, there weren't a lot of tomatoes planted, just a few seeds randomly thrown here and there. If I'm around all summer next year, I'll do more, I'll do better. I'll get some heirloom varities, specifically for hot climates. I'll...well. But the few tomatoes I've reaped are even more precious because of their scarcity. Rubies in the mouth.
When I ordered my first garden seeds close to, very close to, 40 years ago, I found Nichols Garden Nursery, still in business. The catalog was a treasure trove and I was the miner - all sorts of vegetables and tomatoes of course. I was also literally led down the garden path to try Jerusalem artichokes (neither from Jerusalem or artichokes), kohlrabi, peanuts, rhubarb, broccoli, hot peppers, sweet peppers and much more.
Unless you live in a cave you can most likely grow at least one tomato plant. Even here. Yes, it's late in many places to start growing tomatoes (unless you live down under, where you'd better get started!), but you can start planning for next year. Catalogs are fun! Here are a few, some you may know, some may be new. Enjoy. Oh, and by the way? sound smart. Remember, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable!
|A garden of a different sort. The painters were busy yesterday.|