Radiator, Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter, Box Car Willie, Amish Paste, Mr. Stripey.
Heirloom tomatoes not only have wonderful flavour but the names conjure up some great imagery. I’ve grown many of these strangely named heirloom tomato varieties over the years and, frankly, I’d feel a bit lost if I didn’t have a few in my yard each year.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some terrific hybrid varieties - particularly in the cherry tomato category - but when it comes to delicious, meaty flesh, heirlooms are tough to beat.
This weekend I have 3 tomato workshops: two on Saturday and one on Sunday. I’m going to talk about how to grow tomatoes from the ground up with lots of information on the best soils, best fertilizers, how to prune and, of course, the very best heirloom and hybrid varieties you should be growing in your garden.
It doesn’t matter if you have never grown a tomato in your life or if you are an experienced grower, there will be something for everyone. There will also be plenty of time for questions and comments.
As an added bonus, we will have over 2 dozen heirloom varieties growing in coconut fibre pots that will be ready for sale this weekend.
Who knows? Perhaps someone attending a tomato session this weekend will develop a new heirloom variety that will become famous. But just remember that breeding a great, new, tomato is a heck of a lot tougher than picking a quirky name.