Starter Plants Tomatoes

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tomato-Marmand.jpgSteuart and I spent the day at Denver Urban Homesteading, selling the plant that we aren't going to have room for in our urban garden.
He grew more than 200 plants from the seeds we bought this year. We'll have about 12 in our two raised beds and 8 in pots.

We decided in February that we like the taste of produce grown from this year's seeds and -- because so many seeds come in one package from the quality producer that we love -- we split the lot with Steuart's brother, Andrew & wife Lisa.

Steuart's green thumb was particularly green this spring and we had so many healthy plants we didn't know what we were going to do with them, until we went to Denver Urban Homesteading, which does a year round farmer's market at 200 Santa Fe, on Saturdays from 9-2.

For 2010, we are choosing to grow the Super Marmande, which is a big tomato popular in southern France. It's the first one pictured above.

We're expecting the heirloom, Tigerella -- here pictured with orange stripes -- is going to be slightly smaller but just as good to eat right out of the garden.

Instead of a cherry tomato, we're growing something that can become slightly larger -- the size of a golf ball. I'm going to try this in a hanging basket -- it's a beautiful plant.

The fourth type of tomato is one that will mature later and we'll preserve. We will either make sauce or concentrate down to a paste or just freeze as crushed tomatoes for use throughout the winter.

I found myself realizing while I was handing out plants that since we've been in Denver, and able to grow our own tomatoes, we are having a hard time going back to canned ones -- even good ones.

If you want more information about any of these tomatoes, or the eggplant, cucumbers or sage plants Steuart grew, you can download this document about our Starter Plants.doc.

Check back here for ideas of what to do with all the fruits of our garden labors this summer.

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