I have a problem that is rapidly getting waaaay out of control.
You might recall that a couple of posts ago I asked for some suggestions for an extra variety or two of tomatoes to plant this year. I was hoping to round out the small selection I had made so far.
Well, I was given some excellent suggestions and have been anxiously awaiting my membership from Digger’s Club seeds to arrive so I could order my last season’s nemesis Tommy Toe again and make a couple more choices to join my early sowings of Amish Paste and Cherry Cocktail seeds. Some of the tomato seeds I had made a mental note to try to find after recommendations from my garden blogger friends included Cherokee Purple and Black Russian (thanks Meredith!) along with Black Pear (thanks Clare!)
Well, a couple of weeks had gone by and still the membership had not turned up. At this point it is prudent to admit that an attribute that I do not seem to possess is patience.
I was still fully intending to stock up on Tommy Toes and whiled away the days pouring over the Diggers on-line catalogue looking for the blogger recommendations, but couldn’t find any of them. I did however come across Wild Sweetie which sounded worth a go and Black Krim, which I knew I had read about on a blog somewhere, but momentarily couldn’t place it (!) Never mind, I thought, I should get it anyway. As the days rolled by waiting for my membership I got distracted and ended up signing up with a web based vege growing challenge with Yates seeds and decided I needed to pick up a packet of Tiny Tim seeds to grow as part of the challenge. As it turns out I also have another packet of surprise Tomato seeds on the way courtesy of Yates.
Well, as luck would have it my Digger’s membership arrived with two packets of free seeds. One of those packets just happened to be of five mixed Heirloom Tomato seeds and I was at once both delighted and perplexed. I now had another forty seeds containing a mix of Burnley Sure Crop, Black Prince, Banana Legs (love that name), Aunt Ruby’s German and Tigerella. Of course, I am going to have to find somewhere to plant these now too. Who could possibly resist? But…I did really have my heart set on planting those Tommy Toes, Black Krim and Wild Sweeties too, so I went ahead and ordered those. Well. You would have too, wouldn’t you?
To top it all off a friend dropped in a couple of days ago and we got talking about vege seeds. She suggested a website that I had not heard of before as having an excellent range of vegetable seeds…and I made the mistake of having a peek. As it turns out Eden Seeds just happened to have those elusive Cherokee Purple and Black Russian seeds. So…yet another order is on its way.
So, at last count I now have Amish Paste, Cherry Cocktail, Tiny Tim, Burnley Sure Crop, Black Prince, Banana Legs, Aunt Ruby’s German, Tigerella, mystery tomato seeds, Tommy Toes, Black Krim, Wild Sweetie, Cherokee Purple and Black Russian either sown in seed-raising trays (waiting for the last frost to pass), waiting to be sown or on order. That’s a grand total of 14 tomato varieties. And I still have to find that Black Pear don’t I?
As an aside, so far I have prepared one small garden bed that will fit two or three tomato plants. It’ll be fine. Of course it will.