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Tomato Disease Codes
We have listed the diseases to which select hybrids have been bred to be resistant~one of the true benefits of improved hybrids.
V: Verticilium Wilt
F: Fusarium Wilt
F1: Fusarium Wilt Race 1
F2: Fusarium Wilt Race 2
N: Nematode
A: Alternaria alternata
L: Septoria leafspot
ST: Stemphylium
TMV: Tobacco Mosaic Virus

Gardening Tips:
Green Means 'Go'
If you're wondering if your tomato plants (or any annual crops) are getting the soil fertility they need, keep an eye on the 'seed leaves'. This is the first pair of leaves to emerge when a seed sprouts and remains at the base of the stem as the plant grows. If the seed leaves stay healthy and green, you're doing something right with the soil in that row. If they are pale, yellow or withered, you need to prepare the soil more carefully next time you plant.

Juicy Fruits
The more water a vegetable contains, the more water you need to give it in dry, hot weather. Tomatoes, cukes and celery stems are especially thirsty. If you can, group them together and run a soaker hose through the patch.

Not-So-Strange Bedfellows
According to the theory of companion planting, tomatoes and basil benefit one another when grown in the same plot. Certainly, they cause each other no harm, for we have often interplanted the two in a row, especially when we're training tomatoes vertically on strings. There's plenty of space in between them for bushy basil plants. After all, they keep excellent company in the kitchen, whether you're serving fresh tomatoes strewn with the pungent green basil leaves or cooking both up into a luscious sauce for pasta. It's handy to be able to pick the two together. And who knows? Perhaps the basil's strong scent repels insect pests that might otherwise prey on the tomatoes.

Cooking Tip:
Variations on a Theme
At the height of tomato season, platters appear on the table regularly, and we never seem to get tired of them. But itís nice to vary the dressing. Sometimes itís just a simple vinaigrette. Sometimes its a heavier balsamic vinegar dressing with olive oil and honey. Sliced red onions are often part of the mix. Basil, either with the leaves whole or cut into ribbons, is a frequent player. And sometimes I make a pesto with my lemon basil and some good olive oil--maybe a little extra lemon as well, and some parmiggiano cheese. It stays a brighter green than other pestos, and is wonderful spooned over the tomatoes.

Absolutely nothing compares to eating a sun-warmed, homegrown tomato straight off the vine. This garden mainstay is easily grown and most rewarding. Start seed in a warm, bright, well-ventilated area six to eight weeks before setting out. Transplant out after the last frost date. To encourage stockiness, sink seedlings deeper into the well-enriched soil than you grew them - soil should cover the lowest layer of leaves. Position stakes, cages or supports at that time to avoid disturbing the plants later on. Keep soil evenly moist and well-fertilized. Once harvested, store tomatoes at room temperature, as anything below 50įF destroys the enzyme which gives tomatoes their flavor.

When a variety is said to have determinate vines, it means that the vines top out and all of the fruit ripens at once. When a variety is said to have indeterminate vines it means that the vines keep growing and bearing fruit until a killing frost.

Average seed life: 2 years

#4200 Carmello Tomatoes: 70-75 days
This outstanding main-season French hybrid yields abundant juicy, five- to seven-ounce, medium-large tomatoes with rich, sweet flavor. Rarely seen in shops due to their thin, yet non-cracking, skin which prevents travel, Carmello is disease-resistant and appreciates support for its strong indeterminate plants. VFNT. (F1.)

Packet of 35 Seeds / $3.85

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#4205 Mandarin Cross Tomatoes: 75-80 days
A beautiful Japanese heirloom, Mandarin Cross has deep golden-orange globe-shaped fruits with a succulent, sweet tomato piquancy yet low acid. Its robust indeterminate plants yield prolific 10-ounce, firm-fleshed slicing tomatoes that keep well. Pair it with Black Russian and Brandywine for composed rainbow tomato salad. (FVN) (OP.)

Packet of 50 Seeds / $3.85

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#4207 Glacier Early Tomatoes: 55 days
Coveted homegrown red Tomatoes for July 4th celebrations? No problem! This extra-early variety allows you to start picking Tomatoes just 8 weeks after transplanting. Consistently rated sweeter and more flavorful than any other extra-early variety, Glacierís 2″ diameter fruits are borne in clusters on bushy, determinate plants. (OP.)

Packet of 50 Seeds / $3.45

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#4212 Country Taste Beefsteak Tomatoes: 75 days
Perfect for hefty, one-big-slice BLTs and summer salads, this classic beefsteak is deep red on the outside and even deeper red on the inside. Its flesh is firm and meaty, yet literally bursting with juice and zingy, old-fashioned tomato flavor. A vigorous, disease-resistant grower, Country Taste performs well even in less than ideal growing conditions, yielding 10- to 16-ounce fruits. F1F2TMV. (F1.)

Packet of 15 Seeds / $3.75

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#4225 Bella Rosa Tomatoes: 67-75 days
This juicy, great tasting beauty is one perfect tomato. It yields an abundance of large 10 to 12 oz, round fruit with smooth, deep red skin that is thin, but doesnít crack. Growing on determinant vines, Bella Rosa performs well in high heat and humidity with good disease-resistance. VF2ASTTMV. (F1.)

Packet of 15 Seeds / $3.85

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#4242 Copper River Tomatoes: 75-85 days
Another delicious creation by Lynne Brown of Napa Valleyís Forni Brown Welsh Gardens, this unique, thin-skinned beauty is lustrous copper with iridescent yellow stripes. Its determinant plants produce medium-size fruits that are as essence-of-tomato tasty as they are attractive (OP.)

Packet of 50 Seeds / $3.65

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#4245 Lynn's Mahogany-Garnet Tomatoes: 70-80 days
From our good friend Lyn Brown at the famous Forni Brown Gardens in Napa Valley, comes Lynnís Mahogany-Garnet. A new cross between Black Russian and Green Zebra, it is a rare mahogany-garnet tomato with faint dark green stripes. Its determinate vines produce loads of 8-ounce gems with a mildly tart yet sweet taste and a tender thin skin. They hate to travel (except into your mouth). (OP.)

Packet of 50 Seeds / $3.65

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#9100 The Essential Tomato Garden
Since we have such a large collection of wonderful tomato varieties, we developed this special Collection with our core, top-picks for the complete tomato garden to meet all of your culinary needs. Sungold Cherry Tomatoes are like garden candy, popped fresh into your mouth once picked. Red Jelly Bean Grape Tomatoes are good whole or halved in sunny salads with crumbled goat cheese, blanched haricot verts and baby lettuce leaves. Carmellos are the perfect slicing tomato for non-oozy sandwiches. Brandywine and Persimmon are our top picks for a colorful salad of red and orange-yellow, sliced tomatoes with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves and vinaigrette. Milano and San Marzano II Plum Tomatoes are unparalleled for cooking in sauces, stews, composed vegetable lasagnes, salsas and soups. (Buy a Collection as a gift for your neighbor to ensure you of summer picnic invitations.) This indispensible Collection includes one packet each of the following varieties at about 10% off regular prices:
  • Sungold Cherry Tomatoes (about 15 seeds)
  • Red Jelly Bean Grape Tomatoes (about 15 seeds)
  • Carmello Tomatoes (about 35 seeds)
  • Brandywine Tomatoes (about 50 seeds)
  • Milano Plum Tomatoes (about 50 seeds)
  • San Marzano 2 Plum Tomatoes (about 50 seeds)
  • Persimmon Tomatoes (about 50 seeds)

    Packet of 265 Seeds / $22.95

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