I am having a plant sale tomorrow and I sure hope you will stop by. The greenhouse is bursting with thousands of plants that need homes. From heirloom tomatoes to Zinnias, I will have a bit of everything. I find over the years I like to grow plants that are a bit different from the norm.
Last year it was Zinnias. I know Zinnias are pretty common but not here. People would look at my Zinnias and say, ” You can grow them here?” They are one of the easiest annual flowers to grow. Best part is they require little deadheading and this lazy gardener likes that. This year I am growing four different types of Zinnias. I have Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ for sale tomorrow. The rest will most likely go in my garden.
Of course, my life isn’t complete without organically grown tomatoes. I think what surprised me last year was people who would only buy a red tomato. I mean that’s their choice but there are so many unusual tomatoes that are amazing. The one above is Snow White and its skin is a light creamy yellow. Imagine this one in a salad with yellow and red tomatoes.
Or you may want to try my favourite tomato, Wapsipinicon Peach. This medium-sized tomato is one great tasting yellow tomato. So how did I get started growing so many tomatoes? I was asked by a gardening friend on twitter if I would grow out some tomatoes for a seed bank. It was a win win situation. Not only did I get seeds for free, I get to eat all the tomatoes. All I need to do is scoop the seeds out and save them. Now that’s led me to start breeding plants but that’s a whole other post. This year I am growing a tomato called Giant Tree tomato. When I looked it up it says it will grow to 18′! I have visions of being smothered by a giant tomato plant in the greenhouse or the stems winding their way out the vents only to distress the neighbours. They already think I am a bit tomato crazy.
So come on by tomorrow and say hello. If I don’t have the tomato plant you are looking for my friends at West Coast Seeds will. I love talking tomatoes and want everyone to have success with my plants. It’s hard to see them go after months of watching them grow. Just think of all that yummy goodness we will have in a month or so. Yes, nearly all my tomatoes are in flower. It’s that warm winter and spring we had. They are so tall they wouldn’t fit in the mini greenhouse to harden off. That’s never happened.
To find out how to take care of your new tomato plants, check out my post here.