“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” ~ Lewis Grizzard
I am a recent newcomer to social media. I don’t do Facebook, despite the repeated urgings of my Auntie Rosalie, who is a savvy social networker
who just turned 70 in her late 40’s.
This anti-social media stance is due mostly to my belief that the very worst thing that could ever happen to me would be that I would become famous. Unless, of course, it was the kind of famous that comes with being squired around Lake Como by George Clooney in vintage Hacker-Craft Racer. That, I would bear with courageous fortitude.
Despite this blog, I am actually quite shy and private. This is my 51st post and still, the thought of other people reading my words is a little nerve-racking. (Hi Mum!)
However, I silenced my paranoia and signed up to Twitter. I since have discovered a galaxy of like-minded souls who are passionate about growing their own heirloom fruits and vegetables, which is fantastic.
The Northern Hemisphere is currently in the throes of summer, there have been lots of shared happy snaps of some handsome tomato fruits, so many juicy colours. It is enough to get my mouth watering. It’s winter down under. Not tomato season.
I have a bad case of Tomato Envy.
Needing a fix, I tried indulging in a little ‘fresh’ tomato from the supermarket to make me feel better.
It made things worse.
The tomatoes were red, to be sure, but otherwise watery, tasteless with a horribly mealy texture. I thought oven drying them out might concentrate their flavour, but the application of heat practically evaporated them to nothing.
Then I made an even bigger mistake.
Punch drunk on disappointment, covetousness and hunger I went tomato seed shopping. All the colours, varieties and sizes on offer made me a little giddy.
So when the 16 different tomato varieties landed in the mail yesterday, (did I really buy that many?) I had to give myself a little talking to. I am now determined to abstain from seed websites for the next
5 minutes 28 days.
Thankfully, in the meantime, there is more than enough to keep me occupied. Like figuring out where to put everyone.
So here are the varieties I am planting over the next few weeks and months, starting with the cherry tomatoes, through to to the fat-bottomed, beefsteak varieties. Yum.
- Wapsipinicon Peach
- Red Fig
- Black Cherry
- Tommy Toe
- Green Zebra
- Black Krim
- Granny’s Throwing Tomato
- Ananas Noir
- Mortgage Lifter
- Kellogs Breakfast
- Brandywine Red
- Big Rainbow
- Aunt Rubie’s German
- Great White
- Yellow Brandywine
I should mention I have only ever grown maybe three different kinds of tomatoes before. Red. Roma. Cherry. All were bought as punnets from the local hardware store. I have not ever grown a tomato from seed (except the ones that sprouted from the compost) and certainly not so many exotic varieties.
Frankly, the potential tomato bounty is worth the risk, I am hoping to learn a thing or two along the way. I simply can’t wait! Who can resist fresh, juicy tomatoes? Come their peak, it will be winter in the northern hemisphere, and it will be my turn to Tweet plenty of mouth watering photos!
What’s your favourite tomato variety? Any sure-fire tips for success?