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Posted on 17 May 2009 by tomatocasual.com

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.

Red
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.

Pink
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 tomatocasual.com

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:

Currant

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

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

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