Smaller tomatoes work out better in cooler climates. So if you were on the coast or in Seattle, you’d want to plant these kinds of tomatoes during the regular tomato season (June – August). Being in Silicon Valley, I have a bit more sun time. Tomatoes are more than just the heat…they are also about how much sunshine they get, and the soil temperature.
I did something really silly when I started seeds this past February. I wrote it down in a notebook but lost the notebook, and then I didn’t know what was what. I knew approximately what they might look like, but sadly, I had a lot of problems transplanting my seeds and only about 12 of them survived. This one is the Renee’s Garden Pompeii Roma Tomatoes. I think it looks REALLY cool and they added a bright flavor to Boring Jarred Spaghetti Sauce.
When we get close to 40F at night, I will wrap the tomatoes up with “red mulch” plastic when the sun goes down. I’ve been wanting to try those water walls too. But for now, these tomato plants are too big for that. I planted one each of Champion, Glacier, Siberian, Stupice, Jetsetter, and Manitoba. Yes I bought them from my local nursery. It never occurred to me that I could continue to grow tomatoes through October and November until I got their pretty email suggesting it. Score one for email marketing.
I grew Stupice before. I bought the seeds from Totally Tomatoes and they started well. The plants were slim and vine-y. The tomatoes were larger than grape, smaller than roma and standard tomato shape. I remember them as being very sweet. And the good news is I already have a green tomato on it!
The other plants are sturdy kind of like the patio tomato from Renee’s Garden seeds. I had fun growing those last year. The tomato plant was like a mini tree because it was so thick and solid! This year, it’s smaller and producing good tomatoes that are sweet.
(see how short it is compared to the others? But the tomatoes are large)
As I’ve complained, we have had the coldest summer in 40 years. I think we were over 80 for a total of 20 days since May. I’ve got huge green tomatoes. So, fingers crossed, we’ll get some warm weather in September and they’ll ripen up. If not, my mom gave me a book she used on using red and green tomatoes. I’ll review it on my other website LocalGardenBooks.com