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[Tomato Dirt #117] 3 Tips for Choosing Tomato Varieties for Your Garden
January 16, 2017

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 7, Number 1

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple of times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: 3 Tips for Choosing Tomato Varieties

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How should you go about choosing tomato varieties to grow in your garden? There are thousands of types of tomatoes to consider.

There are at least three factors to consider.

  1. Choose tomato varieties based on where you live. Beyond knowing your gardening zone, keep in mind that your immediate location is a microclimate unto itself and can differ from a garden that is just 10 or 20 miles away. That’s why it’s to your benefit to study the types of tomatoes offered at local garden centers. Talk with the personnel and ask what tomatoes they grow in their home gardens. Contact your local extension and ask for information about the tomato varieties that are most suitable for your area. 

    You’ll gather a lot of important information – a personalized list of tomato options. Use that list as you consider two more factors.

  2. Choose tomato varieties based on your garden space. How much room will you devote to your tomatoes? If you have lots of space, you can choose indeterminates because they put out branches, leaves and fruit until frost. But are things tight? Determinates and bush varieties take up less room.

  3. Choose tomato varieties based on how you’ll use tomatoes. How do you plan to use tomatoes – in salads, for snacking, for canning, for drying? Flavor may be a consideration, so you may want to go with heirlooms on your list. Or you may simply be concerned with resilience and longevity, which would point you to hybrids.
Read more about choosing tomato varieties for your garden …

… and get inspired by some of the many tomato varieties available as seen on our Tomato Varieties Pinterest Board.

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Get more tips for growing tomatoes on our Tomato Growing Tips Pinterest board.

Some of our Favorites for Starting Seeds

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Seed starting kits from Jiffy and others – makes it easy to start seeds Germination mat – keeps seeds warm during seed starting from Hydrofarm Indoor grow lights to start tomato seeds from Gardener’s Supply, others

More Tips for Choosing Tomato Varieties

Tomato Varieties: Understand 3 Ways They are Classified Heirloom Tomatoes vs. Hybrid Tomatoes: What’s the Difference? Where Should I Buy Tomato Seeds and Plants? An Online Catalog of Vendors What to Look for When You Buy Tomato Seeds and Plants from a Vendor

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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