Tomatopalooza 2017!

*If you missed the pickup for tomato orders on February 25th, you may pickup at the main office on Monday, February 27th between noon and 3pm. Please call the office when you arrive – 251-342-0555
Tomato Facts and Tips

  • Grow them in sun – 6-8 hours a day is a must!
  • They need good rich composted soil with a pH from 6.2 to 6.8 – and a time release or organic fertilizer helps them through the season
  • Applying a  2-4 inch layer of mulch in April, after the soil has warmed up, will help keep down weeds and keep the soil evenly moist.
  • The number of days given is the average time between planting out and the maturing of the first fruit.
  • Determinate – The plants reach a certain height and then stop growing. The majority of their fruit matures within a few weeks of each other. Great for those who like to can, make sauce, or freeze their crops.
  • Indeterminate – These plants continue to grow and produce tomatoes throughout the season. They need support (mostly 5ft ) They throw out a lot of shoots, and some like to prune those for optimum-size fruit, or to train them on trellises, but pruning the side shoots is not essential.
  • There are some varieties that are semi-determinate because they are somewhere in between – they are best if supported.
  • Heirloom tomatoes have been around for a while, and are not hybrids
  • Hybrid tomatoes are crosses of different varieties, and offer better disease resistance, higher yield and other improvements.

Tomato Reviews by John Olive

By John Olive, Auburn University, Ornamental Horticulture Research Center, Mobile, AL

There is an assortment of cherry and salad type tomatoes available at Tomatopalooza 2016. Mexico Midget, Black Cherry, Super Sweet 100, and Juliet are available. In addition Sungold, a very popular yellow/orange variety last year will be for sale. For shear yield, Mexico Midget and Super Sweet 100 can’t be beat and both have been dependable producers throughout the summer here on the gulf coast. Super Sweet 100 is, as the name implies, super sweet and even children who normally turn their noses up at tomatoes often enjoy gobbling these up.

To help you decide which ones to try, here are some descriptions and comments on each:

Super Sweet 100: Produces well over an extended season through the summer and into the fall in some plantings. As the name implies, very sweet and I know children who refuse to eat tomatoes, that gobble these up.

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Mexico Midget: Like Super Sweet 100, Mexico Midget is a heavy yielding variety that often yields fruit all summer with slightly smaller fruit than Super Sweet 100 (in our plantings). Very good tomato flavor.

Tomato Mexico Midget

Black Cherry: People tend to love this one or hate it. Most people love it. Larger than Super Sweet 100, it is very juicy and is delicious. Lasted well into the summer but not as heavy yields as Mexico Midget or Super Sweet 100 but worth growing for the unique look and flavor. (Some people like vanilla and some chocolate!)

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Sungold: This variety sold out last year and has been very popular with Gulf Coast gardeners. It is yellow to tangerine orange and very sweet. We have never grown this one but from the reports I have gotten from many folks at MBG, this is their favorite and I am looking forward to trying it.

Sungold Tomato

Sungold Tomato

Juliet: This is a larger salad type tomato that looks like a sauce plum tomato. It is a very dependable heavy yield tomato for us in Mobile and is a versatile fruit. Can be eaten fresh, used in cooking, canning, and I even dried.

Juliet Tomato

Juliet Tomato