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Posted on 01 April 2009 by

Learning Tomato Terminology

white-tomatoBy Vanessa Richins

When you see tomatoes in the store, they are usually red and round.

When you really start to explore the world of all things tomato, however, you will come to realize it’s a complex subject.

For example, did you know that tomatoes can be:

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Posted on 30 March 2009 by

My Parent’s New Tomatoes

tomato-storiesBy Vanessa Richins

I think they got the idea after watching the Topsy-Turvy on TV.

My parents announced that they wanted to try growing tomatoes using the upside-down method this year.

I showed them the post about it here on Urban Garden Casual.

We kept saying that we were going to get them started (since they live in Southern California, time of year doesn’t matter as much), but didn’t get around to it.

I finally got the urge to visit the nursery to buy the tomato plants. I instantly zeroed in to where the heirloom tomatoes were located.

It was a bit frustrating since they had signs proclaiming that there were about 30 different heirloom varieties, but many of them were not actually there. I was hoping to try Mortgage Lifter and Mr. Stripey, among others. In the end, I found 4 heirlooms and 2 hybrids to take home to the folks.

Black Krim
When you get into the world of Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10 March 2009 by

Dream of Spring With Tomato Catalogs

tomatobobBy Vanessa Richins

Much of the garden talk this time of year centers on hopes and dreams for the next coming season.

Some of the most exciting days in a gardener’s life are when the seed catalogs start arriving in the mail.

Here are some of the tomato seed and plant resources you should be checking out, in no particular order.

1) Tomato Growers Supply Company
As their website says, they have “more than 500 varieties of tomatoes and peppers, including huge selections of both hybrid tomato seeds and heirloom tomato seeds, hot chiles, sweet peppers, tomatillos and eggplants.

I have gotten their catalog before – this is one of the most fun to page through since there are just so many tomatoes!

2) Totally Tomatoes

How can you resist a company called Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 06 March 2009 by

Black Tomatoes Continue to be Popular in 2009

black-tomatoBy Michelle Fabio

According to Gary Ibsen of TomatoFest, black tomatoes are again some of the most popular heirloom tomatoes for 2009.

Of the Top 10 most popular heirloom tomatoes, four are black–which aren’t actually black but various dark colors from deep purple to mahogany.

Black heirloom tomatoes have been gaining in popularity for the last six years and saw their best year in 2008.

Originally from the southern Ukraine, they can now be found all over the world and are especially desired among tomato growers in the United States.

Sweeter bi-colored tomatoes and various colored cherry Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 29 November 2008 by

Do Tomatoes Grow on Trees?

By Vanessa Richins

I often peer through the weekly junk mail supplements to amuse myself with the latest miracle products.

One that I have often seen advertised is a tree tomato.

Can tomatoes grow on trees?

One man’s quest for a tree tomato from an ad is described on  The glossy Ad touts Tomato trees as tall as men. It also claims that a tree will yield 60 pounds of Tomatoes. Turner has seen the ad for years, however this time he decided to try it.

He said “I ordered two plants for $6.98 on March 21st [article written a month later] , they’ve cashed my check, but Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 27 November 2008 by

Australian Pink Pearl Cherry Tomatoes to Fight Breast Cancer

By Michelle Fabio

We know that tomatoes are good for us, but now Seminis, an internationally renowned seed development company, is releasing Pink Pearl cherry tomatoes in Australia in order to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).

Pink is the international color for breast cancer awareness, and so, Seminis found pairing the Pink Pearl tomatoes with NBCF to be a “good fit.”

“Globally Seminis is involved in many community based projects but this particular concept is a first. We had to meet key criteria throughout the process including traceability and charity legislation requirements,” said John McBride, the Seminis Vegetable Seeds Western Australia manager.

“Pink Pearl cherry tomatoes meet all these objectives and we are confident they will both raise vital funds for breast cancer research and help Read the rest of this entry »


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