I said I would restrain myself on tomatoes. (And yes, I said it last year too. It’s an ongoing struggle.) So I thought five varieties, just two plants apiece. Only I still have seeds from five packets (the initial lack of restraint, which goes back a few years), and I’ve just ordered another variety, which makes six. I saved seeds from two varieties last fall as an experiment, so that’s eight (not that I’m wedded to ‘mystery red’). And a colleague in Chicago sent me seeds she’d saved from two other varieties. I’m already up to 10, and that’s before Tomatomania, or a trip to Maine that would include a side trip to Green Mountain Transplants for a few heirlooms at 55 cents apiece, or something I might see at the Farmers Market. Yes, I’m in trouble.
Planting just one of each seems … well, impossible. Noah’s Ark it must be. Two by two, and two beds for sure. Good thing he’s promised that new bed. The 10-footer could take 10, the eight-footer could take eight and ‘mystery red’ may have to wait a year. As for the Ramapos we may start for a friend .. need to think about if I could ask for one and where I could squeeze it in. One set of seeds is an early version, determinate and could grow in a pot if necessary. Hmm.
If any volunteers spring up from tomatoes that rotted in the beds or the compost, someone else will have to do the killing.
Next: do I skip Tomatomania?