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March 31, 2011

Look for Spring Garden Markets in your area

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All over the country, spring garden markets are happening on weekends. Take a look in your area. Spring Garden markets are a great place to pick up vegetable, herbs and flowers on sale. Some of these markets also provide information on techniques and varieties of vegetables for growing with talks and demos for gardeners.

The range of tomato and pepper varieties is overwhelming now that heirloom varieties are all the rage. It's good to have some kind of help to sort your way through the seemingly endless choices. Here is a small sample of advice on tomato varieties from Santa Clara Master Gardeners.

There are options and sizes to satisfy virtually every palette and almost all space limitations. According to Mary Collins, our tomato seed queen, great options include:

Early producers (50-60 days): Stupice, Lime Green Salad, Elfin, Sugary and Black Cherry.

Great color: Orange Strawberry, Mary Robinson's German Bi-color, Marvel Striped and Isis Candy.

Sauces and pastes: Speckled Roman, Amish Gold and Jersey Devil.

Prolific producers: Black from Tula, Carbon, Dr. Neal, Ernie's Round, Black Cherry, Chadwick and Principe Borghese.

Latest fruiting (90-110 days): Gold Medal, Marvel Striped, Russian 117 and Big Rainbow.
Great in containers: Lime Green Salad, Kootenai, Orange Blossom and Koralik.

Even if you just picked on out of each catagory, it would give you a chance to taste and try some new varieties and see which you would like to include in your garden every year.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at March 31, 2011 2:12 PM
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