For some odd reason I had it in my mind that looking through a seed catalogue would be a relatively easy task. There were things that I had already taken into account, such as what zone I’m in and what grows here and what doesn’t. What I faced when I had choices to make, I wasn’t prepared for. Do you know how many hundreds of varieties there are for tomatoes? It’s a very important decision to make, and I’m afraid to make it.Last year we had three different varieties of tomatoes planted. We encountered issues with each as the season went on. Some split, or developed diseased spots, while others were devoured by birds. So it brings up all of these new things in my head, one: develop a strategy plan and supply list to keep the birds out, and two: Figure out why those tomatoes developed those problems. Maybe that’s why farmers kept journals and logs.That’s why I’m having issues deciding on what to plant this year. I know what I want to plant, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, basil etc., but gambling on certain varieties to produce. That’s what this all is though trial and error. If it doesn’t work this time, tweak it and try again. It’s not fair. Mother Nature needs to give me a hug. If anyone has any suggestions for me, or knows what tomato variety never fails, then let me know. be well.
Are there local farming groups you can contact for advice on this?
I was thinking back to my youth and my grandfather would grow tomatoes that were huge and delicious. I looked on the web for them and found this website that shows different kinds. Look it over see if it might give you some of what you seek… The Beefsteak. That was the one we all loved and people would start asking for when they were still green on the vine. The Black Krim looks interesting…
I’ll talk to my grandma and see if she knows any tricks to keep the birds away too…