The first thing I remember growing myself was the good old tomato so it seems right that these are still a firm favourite. My dad pretty much gave up on tomatoes when I was young as they were often struck with blight and seemed like to much effort for him. Thankfully I havent found blight an issue as yet, but then I do grow my tomatoes in a polytunnel.
I have come to the realisation though that I have been just growing them with no real plan other than to grow a lot and enjoy them. Nothing wrong with that of course but a bit of an aim is no bad thing and can help give a little focus to the task. With that in mind and in line with what we use a lot of tomatoes for I will begin a search for the best tomato to make sauces from. Not a new idea but new to me and should be interesting to do, I will not be forsaking other types either.
I may switch around the numbers a little next year to get an extra paste type in & also I am not growing a specific beefsteak tomato this year which is a bit of a sacrifice to be rectified next year. With this in mind here is my 2019 tomato seed list – I just sowed them at the weekend.
The paste tomatoes:
Amish Paste – When I hear paste tomato this stands out so time to try it myself.
Big Mama – A plum paste tomato, the type is F1 so I cant save seeds from this but worth a try growing.
Opalka – This is an heirloom type from Poland – I saw a lot of posts about eastern european tomatoes last year so again wanted to give this a try.
Harbinger – A medium sized tomato, I always grow something of this type as a bit of a go to for general use.
Zlatava – Distinctive orange skin and red flesh which looks interesting, another medium sized tomato.
Chocolate Cherry – As the name suggests a cherry type – the snack variety for this year.
Maskotka – The only outdoor variety, which I will grow in my newly made raised planter.
I will report back during the year on general growth and at the end of the year review how each performed, particularly those I am growing for sauces.
If you have a favourite tomato to grow I would love to hear about it!