Tomatoes are America’s favorite garden vegetable year in and year out–and the varieties are seemingly innumerable with some growing tiny as a dime and others the size of melons. Depending on the size of your growing space, you can pick determinate (best suited for small spaces and containers) or indeterminate (generally, better suited for larger garden spaces) varieties. With either variety, you can find the full spectrum of tomato colors–reds, yellows, oranges, striped, and even purple. Here are a few of Mr. Watson’s favorites this year that we will bring in and grow ourselves!
An improved version of the Fantastic, with better disease resistance. Yields smooth, meaty, solid fruits that weigh about 10 oz. each. 70 days to maturity.
This heirloom variety was at one time declared to be “the largest tomato ever grown,” this meaty, globe shaped variety is crack resistant and packed with great taste. 90 days to maturity.
With lemon yellow, not golden fruit, the Lemon Boy is a highly adaptable plant that yields deep oblate fruit average 6-7 oz. 72 days to maturity.
Originating from Tennessee, Cherokee Purple seeds are thought to have been passed down from Native Americans of the Cherokee tribe. This heirloom tomato variety consistently ranks very high in taste tests. Slice Cherokee Purple 10-12 oz tomatoes for dark color and an unmatched sweet, rich taste on sandwiches or in salads. 80-90 days to maturity.
BRANDYWINE RED, YELLOW, PINK
Heirloom tomatoes with 8-16 oz fruit that are prized for their incredible flavor. 80 days to maturity.
Large sized fruit with excellent flavor. Great for bedding plants, 10 oz fruit, 73 days to maturity.