We have never grown tomatoes in our current area. We have a ten week growing season, and our average summer temp is somewhere in the high 80s, so it doesn’t get very hot. So we haven’t even tried, because from what we heard you could only do it in a greenhouse – which we hope to someday build for that exact purpose. But the last few years I have heard a few success stories of people growing them here without a greenhouse.
So I decided that this year I would get three different determinant short-season tomato varieties and try them in three different ways.
- In the garden in the sunniest spot.
- In the garden near the dark-colored wall that gives off a lot of heat from the sun.
- In pots along the garage, where again the wall reflects back a lot of heat.
- In pots inside our livingroom with the south-facing windows.
After ordering my seeds and drawing out my garden plans and such I got a call from a friend whose daughter decided to sell tomato seedlings as a little summer business. I am a sucker for young entrepreneurs, so I of course agreed to buy some. She had two varieties, and I decided to put both varieties in each location I listed above, in keeping with my tomato experiment. So I erased and moved things around in my garden plan and was ready to do 5 different varieties.
Then, this week, I got a call from a friend of a friend who had several extra tomato seedlings and wanted to give them to me. All of hers were indeterminate varieties, so they all needed to go into the garden. Move over green beans, tomatoes are taking your spot (since green beans are the only thing we haven’t put in the ground yet, so it’s the only blank spot!). We will still get to plant green beans, just not as many as previously planned. So that friend of a friend gave me 5 different varieties (2 of each, except for only one of one of the varieties).
So now we are trying 10 different tomato varieties, after never even doing tomatoes here before. We are very hopeful one (or more!) will succeed in one of the many locations so we can start doing tomatoes regularly. I’ll let you know how it goes.