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Posted on 13 June 2009 by

Kumato – The Tomato That’s Always Ripe

kumatoBy Vanessa Richins

One of the hardest parts of growing tomatoes is waiting for them to ripen.

Of course, you can use green tomatoes in some recipes, a la “Fried Green Tomatoes”, but most recipes call for juicy, ripe tomatoes.

As I was zipping around Google, I came across a tomato variety called the Kumato.

Its claim to fame is that it is able to be picked and used at any stage of development.

As explains, “The Kumato…starts with a dark green skin and a mild flavor. It then turns dark brown with a sweet and spicy aroma, before finally becoming a dark red hue which is sweet and juicy. It is available in two sizes, a Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17 May 2009 by

Plant a Rainbow Tomato Garden

Heirloom Tomatos in 2 Minutes - TomatoCasual.comBy Vanessa Richins

When many people think of tomatoes, they think red, or perhaps green.

However, there’s a whole rainbow of colors available to the tomato lover.

If you have room for 9 tomato plants, you can have your own rainbow tomato garden. I’ve tried to include a selection of different sizes and seasons.

For red, I’ve chosen an intriguing mid-season cherry/paste tomato. Named ‘Britain’s Breakfast’, you’ll be sure to have lots of little red tomatoes for snacking, salads and more.

Being dark pink isn’t distinctive enough for the mid-season ‘Pink Accordion’. It also lives up to its name by having Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 11 May 2009 by

Tomato Types By Size

tomato-typeBy Vanessa Richins

There’s a lot of terms to learn when you venture into the world of tomatoes.

You have to learn the difference between determinate and indeterminate, try to figure out what VFN means, and debate the merits of hybrid versus heirloom.

When you are picking out the varieties of tomatoes you would like to grow, it is important to determine the size of tomato you would like to harvest. Are you looking for bite size morsels or large tomatoes to slice for sandwiches?

Here are the most common tomato types you will come across while poring over seed catalogs or visiting the local nursery:


These are the smallest tomatoes – about the size of a pea. These tiny bursts of goodness are good for garnishing, salads, and for amusing children.


Grape tomatoes are oblong, like a Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 09 May 2009 by

Dwarf Tomato Plants

dwarfBy Vanessa Richins

One of the biggest stumbling blocks that many aspiring gardeners face is the thought that they don’t have enough space to garden.

Containers help if you have a patio or balcony available.

What do you do, though, if you don’t have those?

The good news is that there are tomato plants available that are small enough to fit almost everywhere. There are a few varieties that I was able to find. I am now in love with these teeny tiny tomato plants.

The smallest available variety is called ‘Micro Tom”, a determinate hybrid that only grows 6-8″ tall. Yes, you read that right – a tomato plant that will fit on almost any countertop or place with 6 hours of sunlight. They still manage to Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 29 April 2009 by

From eBay to Website: A Tomato Growing Business

tbcBy Vanessa Richins

Their business began because of a friendly competition.

Alainia Hagerty-Williams, who grew up on a 300 acre farm, was challenged by her father to see who could grow the best tomatoes. T

he first year she chose to grow one variety. The next year, she tried 10 different heirloom varieties.

In her third year, she was the victim of successful germination, ending up with too many tomato plants for her own garden in Munford, Tennessee. She decided to put her excess bounty up for sale on eBay. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 03 April 2009 by

Instant Tomatoes (Just Add Water)

tomatomaniaBy Scott Daigre, Tomatomania guest post

If only there was such a thing.

Whether growing in San Diego or Syracuse all tomato gardeners suffer from one common malady; impatience.

Since you pulled out last year’s plants you know you’ve been dreaming of “next year” while enduring store-bought tomatoes.

But then it seems you plant new seedlings and have to wait until summer’s almost over for this year’s crop to ripen!

There’s a solution to that waiting game. Plant short season varieties that will get you the very first available tomato of the season.

Last year after their TOMATOMANIA! weekend the folks at White Flower Farm in Connecticut, the venerable plant purveyors, decided to find out which tomato variety among their wide selection would fruit first. They chose 12 early varieties for their “Tomato Derby” and planted two of each in their test field just before Memorial Day.

One of each pair was planted in a well amended garden row, its partner in a suitably prepared container. All were fertilized, watered and cared for on the same schedule.

Yes, they waited patiently, and by Read the rest of this entry »


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