Here it is... June 18th and you may be worried you haven't planted your tomatoes in the garden yet. Don't worry, it’s not too late to get a juicy summer harvest. So, relax, take a deep breath and plant away. For those of you who have planted tomatoes, now's the time to pop in a second crop to extend the harvesting season. Unlike the first planting, it is essential to get the second crop of tomatoes in before the end of July in order to harvest all the fruit before cold weather sets in come fall.
There are many different types of tomatoes so, be sure to check the informational tag attached to each tomato for planting deadlines and instructions. Here’s a few fast producing tomatoes that we think you’ll fall in love with:
San Marzano - The San Marzano tomato is thought to be the best tomato in the world for making pasta sauce. Grown in the rich volcanic soils near Mt. Vesuvius, they are thicker and sweeter than Roma's and have a stronger, less acidic flavor.
Grape Tomatoes - Grape tomatoes have a sweet flavor, a firm texture, and less juice, so there's no need to worry about any squirting when you bite into one. Averaging between one-half and three-quarters of an inch in length, they're perfect for popping whole into your mouth like candy, which is probably why kids adore them too.
Super Sweet 100 - This scarlet, cherry-sized tomato explodes with sugary flavor. Fruits are produced in long pendulous clusters right up to frost. Add to your favorite dish or eat them all by themselves.
Sweet and Neat - This high yielding, cherry-sized tomatoes thrives in containers making it a great choice for small space gardens or balconies. Produces masses of sweet fruits over a long season.