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What’s in Store for the 2020 Tomato Garden?

What’s in store for my upcoming tomato garden?  Glad you asked, because I have some great plans…which I hope turn out great!  Here are the tomato varieties I plan to grow in 2020.

Dwarf Tomatoes

I’ll have a post specifically about dwarf tomatoes, but meanwhile, I plan to grow some.  So far, I’ve picked:

  • Dwarf Arctic Rose:  Determinate, pink, early-season.  Regular rugose leaves.  Averages 2 to 5 ounces.
  • BrandyFred:   Indeterminate, purple, mid-season.  Potato rugose leaves.  Averages around 10 ounces.
  • Dwarf Pink Passion:  Indeterminate, pink, mid-season.  Regular rugose leaves.  Averages 8 ounces.
  • Dwarf Bendigo Blush:  Indeterminate, pink, mid-season.  Potato rugose leaves.  Averages 1 to 2 ounces.
  • Red Robin:  Determinate, red, early-season.  Regular rugose leaves.  Averages 1 ounce.  A tiny determinate — tiny as in maybe 10 inches tall.

Non-Dwarf Tomato Varieties

I have five regular tomato varieties picked out, and they are:

  • Tennessee Yellow Cherry:  Indeterminate, yellow, early-season.  Regular leaves.  Averages 1 ounce per tomato – supposed to be very prolific.
  • Vorlon:  Indeterminate, purple, mid-season.  Potato leaves.  Averages 6 to 8 ounces.  Supposedly named after a character on the TV show “Babylon 5” so I couldn’t resist!
  • Blue Beauty:  Indeterminate, blue, early- to mid-season.  Regular leaves.  Unknown average size.  I’ve not grown a blue tomato as yet, so this will be my first.  The “blue” is due to anthocyanin, which is more of an indigo-purple color.
  • Alice’s Dream:  Indeterminate, blue/striped, mid-season.  Regular leaves.  Unknown average size.  I have to admit, this one intrigues me.  More anthocyanin, so it’s a “blue” tomato, but ripens to what looks like a striped tomato.  It’s supposed to be beautiful and tasty!
  • Girl Girl’s Weird Thing:  Indeterminate, striped red/green, mid- to late-season.  Regular leaves.  Unknown average size, but appear to be medium.  The name drew me in, and the striped red and green was fascinating.  Supposed to be very tasty.

Did You Notice a Pattern?

I just looked back over the list and I only have 1 red tomato in the whole list!  Everything else is a tomato of a different color.

When to Plant the Tomato Seeds

It’s killing me to not start some seeds yet!  But here in my new location, the last average frost date is the middle of April.  If I figure on having them in the 1-gallon grow bags by that time, ready to plant in their final locations, it puts the transplants at 10 to 12 weeks old at that point.  So counting back 12 weeks is the middle of January.

I could try starting a few seeds now, and have them be really stocky by mid-April.  Maybe I could try some of the mid-season tomatoes next week (since next week will be January), so they could get a bit of a jump on the season.

Or…I could try putting two or three of the plants out into their final locations in the garden at the end of March and be prepared with some sort of frost protection.  I’ll have to check the long-range forecast towards the end of March to see if that would be feasible.

Time will tell!  Stay tuned, because I can’t wait to take pictures of the plants and especially the fruits!