Seeding tomato varieties, marigolds, and cosmos in the spring

This time of year, there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that I want to do. Either that or I’ve simply slowed to a crawl and am working at half-speed.

I managed to seed all of the tomato varieties I will grow this year, many of which are heirlooms: Paul Robeson, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Goldie, Black Krim, Chianti Rose, Brandywine, Rose de Berne, Marvel Stripe, Green Zebra and Horizon – a bonus from Totally Tomatoes which I’ve not grown before. I’m also growing three hybrids: Big Beef, a beefsteak; Juliet, classified as a grape, but larger (more like a miniature Roma); and Super Sauce, a large Roma type. I also planted Toma Verde, a tomatillo.

It wasn’t until I had seeded everything that I realized I had so many heirlooms. In past years I have grown more hybrid varieties. I know by looking at this list my yield will be smaller this year because of the varieties chosen, but they will also be more flavorful. My hope is Mother Nature will provide a better tomato year overall than she did last season.

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