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Posted on 23 April 2009 by

Tomatomania Is Back!

tomatomaniaBy Michelle Fabio.

It’s that time of year again — time for Tomatomania, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, which began in Encinitas, California, on March 21-22.

Tomatomania is the brainchild of Scott Daigre, who continually aims to have new and exciting tomato seed varieties available every year. Stops on the Tomatomania tour include Encino, Fillmore, Sonoma, Beverly Hills, and Arcadia in California as well as East Coast stops in Litchfield, Connecticut and Lothian, Maryland in mid-May.

If you can’t make it to any of the Tomatomania sites, though, we have great news: Tomatomania delivers!

Together with White Flower Farm, Tomatmania offers the chance to buy 145 different plants from “hybrid beefsteaks to the rarest heirlooms” that were grown from seed at the nursery. They promise to deliver high-quality plants to your door just in time for planting in your area.

So, do you have Tomatomania yet?

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 »

Posted on 02 April 2008 by

Tomatomania Hits Southern California

seedlingBy Michelle Fabio

Tomatomania, the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, kicked off the weekend of March 29-30 in Encinitas, California.

What started out as a once-a-year event 18 years ago has now stretched into a 6-week affair with stops in Encino, Sonoma, Beverly Hills, Arcadia, and even an East Coast trip to Litchfield, Connecticut.

This seedling-buying event has consistently offered tomato connoisseurs Read the rest of this entry »


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