Home-grown tomatoes are gardeners' favorites. ClipArt.com photo.
Amish Paste, a paste or canning tomato with a thick skin used for canning salsas and sauces, 80 days to maturity. Seeds may be saved.
Sungold, a cherry tomato, good for salads, 57 days, resistance to fusarium wilt and tobacco mosaic virus (T).
Super Sweet 100, cherry, 65 days, resistance to verticillium and fusarium wilts.
Sweet Million, cherry, 65 days, resistance to verticillium and fusarium wilts, nematodes, tobacco mosaic virus, and gray leaf spot (St).
Determinate tomatoes are shorter and bushier and require more garden space. They are easier to stake, but have a limited harvesting period. Plant them 2 feet a part.
Celebrity, a slicer, 72 days to maturity, resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilts, nematodes and tobacco mosaic virus.
Roma, a paste tomato, 75 days to maturity, resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilts and nematodes. Seeds can be saved for future planting.
Viva Italia, paste, 75 days to maturity, resistant to verticillium and fusarium wilts, nematodes and alternaria leaf spot.
Growing tips for tomatoes
Mike Green Jr., of Green's Feed and Seed, was a bit reluctant to give tomato-growing tips, pointing out all the variables and adding, "Mother Nature has a sense of humor."
When prodded, though, he gave a few tips:
Remember to put calcium in the hole when planting. For calcium, you can buy oyster shells or grit (both are chicken feed), or a commercial fertilizer of calcium nitrogen (not very much is needed).
If last year's tomato crop had a fungus, disinfect your wood or bamboo stakes.
Determinate tomatoes are more compact, thus easier to stake.
Fertilize the tomatoes early, before they blossom.
After the tomatoes bloom, don't fertilize unless they're severely lacking nutrients.
Pinch off the suckers.
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