Timing Your Tomatoes…Ready, Set, Grow!March 16, 2011
If you’re planning to grow tomatoes from seed this year, your window for seeding is now open. If you’re in the cool, wet Pacific Northwest like I am & planning to grow from starts, wait a couple of months before you buy them and try to set them out. Starts can be great, but seeds are cheap, germinate readily, and often produce some of the best tomatoes you’re ever going to grow.
Last year I offered up this harvest season post outlining my tomato growing timeline. In a year when few had great tomato growing — and ripening — success around town, I had a glut. It’s March, and I still have loads of dried Saucy Paste to enjoy in spaghetti sauce and Stews. Bags of chopped frozen tomatoes are still filling out soups. And, I even have a handful of Longkeepers ready for sandwiches in the kitchen.
What you’ll learn from the article linked above is that producing a glut of tomatoes in Seattle in a cool, wet summer requires a lot of attention and TLC. But, the rewards for a larger investment of time and a minimal investment of dollars is unparalleled! So get out there & get your tomatoes growing!
Last weekend, I seeded my first round of tomatoes. This year we’re looking forward to more Saucy Paste for drying and paste, Peron & Siberia for slicing, Golden Nugget for determinant early cherry snacks, and Longkeeper to put up for fresh in winter. And, maybe I’ll do a few more Oregon Springs from last year’s leftover seed. While it didn’t perform great last year in ground, I loved them in 2009 grown in pots!
What tomatoes are you growing this season? Any suggestions for what else we simply must try in our experimentation gardens?