Posted on 19 April 2009 by tomatocasual.com

Have Tomatoes, Will Travel

tomato11By Michael Nolan

I thought about titling this post “Where in the heck is Michael Nolan” until I realized that some of you probably forgot who I was it’s been so long!

Okay, I know it has been a long time since I dared show my face around here but I had good reason, and that good reason is what partially led me to my return to Tomato Casual as well.

Last week I finally relocated to the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia into a fantastic neighborhood called Riverside.

This is very much a neighborhood on the mend (and you know how I like a hands on project), so I am happy to be here and to be surrounded by people who have even showed an interest in possibly starting our own community garden!

But I digress (and I’ll talk more about that stuff over on Urban Garden Casual in the coming weeks anyway). What I really wanted to talk about is my new tomato plants for 2009.

As I mentioned before I just moved which means that I didn’t have time to start seedlings for the heirloom tomato varieties I really wanted to grow this year, so I had to make do with seedlings that I could find available for purchase and unfortunately I was only able to find one heirloom tomato seedling type at the stores I went to.

Therefore, Mr. Stripey is my token heirloom plant this year. He joins the Patio, Big Boy and the Better Boy as the first four tomato plants to make it to the new casa.

Because the weather has been a bit unpredictable so far this season (we had snow flurries on April 7th!) I chose to put these first plants into pots that I could move into the garage for the cold and windy days which appear to be behind us for now. Maybe these first tomato babies will find their way into the ground over Easter weekend!

I just want to say that I am really happy to be back with my Tomato Casual family! I’ve missed you all and look forward to sharing with you for another amazing season!

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5 Responses to “Have Tomatoes, Will Travel”

  1. tomatocasual.com our friend Ben Says:

    Welcome back, Michael!!! And great news about your new home—congrats! We’ve missed you here. I’m glad you found ‘Mr. Stripey’, but am shocked that you weren’t able to find ‘Brandywine’, which even groceries carry as transplants around here. My suggestion: Start some small-fruited tomatoes—’Yellow Pear’ or ‘Yellow Plum’, ‘Sungold’ (okay, I know it’s a hybrid, but it’s so good), ‘Juliet’ (ditto, but great for sauces and salsas)— from seed now since you have such a long season. They’ll catch up and fruit for you pretty fast! Good luck and keep us posted. Woo-hoo for you!!!!

  2. tomatocasual.com Seth Says:

    Can’t wait for more updates…I’m tomato-obsessed as well. This year I’m planting 22 different kinds…I’m going to have them coming out my ears!

  3. tomatocasual.com Michael Nolan Says:

    ofB: I’ve missed you guys!

    Seth: My advice is to learn canning and/or freezing quickly!

  4. tomatocasual.com Michelle Says:

    Hi Michael,

    I’m crazy about tomatoes too!! I know that White Flower Farm (www.whiteflowerfarm.com) carries heirloom tomato plants that they will ship directly to your home! They also have a Great Tomato Celebration at their farm on May 15-17th where they will have over 145 tomato varities to choose from.

    Good luck!!

  5. tomatocasual.com Michael Nolan Says:

    Thanks, Michelle. The good news is that I found a local organic garden shop that had several heirloom varieties for me! YAY!

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