Champagne Wishes and Tomato Dreams

I have been thinking alot lately about what I will be growing next year in the tomato beds. I have already decided that the Goose Creek is certainly worth bring back. My husband has demanded that I grow the Black Ethiopians again, which I don’t mind doing at all, so there wasn’t much need for him to demand other than I think it makes him feel more manly or something.

I think I will also throw in Purple Cherokee, which was a winner in my garden two years ago.

But, I do need to give some thought to what I will grow next year. I am a firm believer in trying new things and I simply cannot just let a year go by without at least attempting to grow a new kind of tomato or two or seven.

Note the use of the word attempting. As I have mentioned before, I really suck at growing things from seeds. But, I have decided that I must give it a shot again next year, for the sake of my tomato lust. Buying tomato plants through the mail is expensive, buying tomato plant locally is boring, ergo, growing tomato plants is my only option.

From the reviews on my fellow garden bloggers websites, I have decided to try to see if I can find seeds for the following tomatoes:

From my looking in various tomato books, I have decided that I will also try:

  • Paul Robeson
  • Winsall
  • Hillbilly
  • Persimmon
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Russian 117
  • Russo Sicilian Toggeta
  • Costoluto Genovese

Now wanting to grow them and finding the seeds will be two very different things. I have read that the Winsalls, though fabulously tasty are near impossible to find (if you know of a source for trading or buying, please let me know) and some of the others are tricky to find.

We will see if I can actually get them to grow from seed though. I mean heck, if these things can grow sprouting up from the ground after spending the winter outside, surely I can grow the darn things in a hyper controlled environment in my basement… that is if I can just remember to water them.

Open for trading, so show if you’ve got ’em to trade. :)

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