It’s the new year, and that means I get to plan my new garden!
I like the heirloom mini varieties of tomatoes and peppers. I just ordered seeds from Baker Creek and Totally Tomatoes. I kind of went overboard and have to find room for 12 varieties of mini peppers (two of which are hot at my husband’s request) and 13-15 varieties of cherry/grape/currant tomatoes. It’s about comparable to the number of plants we grew last year, but I have more varieties this year. Fortunately, I’m also planning to double the size of the garden, although the new area won’t quite get full sun.
Here are the tomatoes
The photos from Baker Creek and Totally Tomatoes websites, except for the pink tomatoes with the quarter. Those are what I’m calling “Pink Mystery” and are an unidentifiable volunteer. I collected seeds and am hoping they grow true! Other varieties are:
- Black cherry: husband’s favorite and have grown for many years. Meaty.
- candyland red currant: new
- chocolate cherry: new
- gold rush currant: repeat from last year, the kids loved it.
- green tiger: new
- indigo blue berries: repeat from last year, pretty, the kids loved it.
- mint julep: new
- pink bumble bee: new, have bought them
- pink mystery: wild card!
- purple bumble bee: new, have bought them
- sunsugar: new, have bought them
- sunrise bumble bee: repeat from last year, pretty and prolific
- white cherry: repeat from last year, my dad loved them. mild and sweet.
The only ones we didn’t repeat from last year are green zebra, which never ripened, and green envy. Green envy was great in the past, but the seedlings didn’t do well last year. I decided to try some new green varieties this year, but may go back to green envy someday. We did super sweet 100 last year and might again, but it’s not worth starting myself. Same for sungold, although I might just do the sunsugar this year.
and the peppers
- baby belle: new
- Cayannetta: new, hot!
- Filius Blue: new, hot!
- Jimmy Nardello: repeat from last year, sweet, delicious, hint of apple
- mini chocolate bell: new
- mini yellow bell: new
- oda: new
- odessa market: new
- red belgian: new
- violet sparkle: new
- white lakes: new
- yellow stuffing: new
Last year we also grew Tangerine Dream (from Burpee seeds) which was supposed to be a sweet pepper. They were prolific and the sweet ones were very good, but 5-10% of them were decently spicy. I like knowing whether the pepper will be spicy or not before biting into it. So do the kids. We also grew Savour Hybrid (also from Burpee) and they were lovely and prolific, but very seedy with very little flavor. One of the kids liked snacking on them, but nobody else was impressed.
I’m going to try a baby eggplant again, although we have never had much luck with eggplant in the past. And I will buy cucumber and zucchini plants (because the chipmunks eat my seedlings) and direct sew peas and beans.
A lot of my excitement this years stems from finally starting to like tomatoes. I have always wanted to enjoy cherry tomatoes, but could never stand them. Then, last summer, I tried some sunsugar. And I loved them. Then I tried super sweet 100 (for the thousandth time) and I loved them, and the white cherry ones, and the pink mystery ones. Hopefully I will like even more varieties this year. I also never liked peppers until a few years ago, but now I can’t get enough of them. Gardening is way more fun now.
Also, this is post #100. Double yay!