planting tomatoes, tomato seed, Tomato Fest, heirloom tomatoes March 8, 2013

Free tomato seed Friday!

Through sleet, snow, rain and the rest of it, it’s never too soon to think about your tomato garden. Gary Ibsen from TomatoFest is offering four (as in 4) of his “Gary’s Favorites” organic, heirloom seed collections that include Aussie, Black Cherry, Black Krim, Brandywine - Suddath’s Strain, Dagma’s Perfection, Flamme, Green Zebra and Kellogg’s Breakfast.

To win one of his collections, just join the fun in the comments section. Tell us about the strangest tomato you ever grew. Four winners will be chosen at random, eyes closed, pinkie promise.

Last weeks winner of Kiss My Aster by Amanda Thomsen is Jeannette “the visual learner”!


christine bliss says:

The weirdest tomatoes are the ones that grow through the mesh on my trellis.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:12 am.

Nina says:

The most vigorous tomatoes in my yard are the plants that come up as volunteers.  Of course, you never know what you are going to get.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:25 am.

Jackie Isler says:

Love those brandywines!  I get some pretty odd shapes…

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:35 am.

Ellen says:

I had one with a “nose” last summer.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:45 am.

Karen Cassimatis says:

Last summer a tomato plant came up in a gravel pathway, and since it was rather to the side I let it sprawl out.  It produced huge (4-5”) tomatoes that were very solid.  I placed small cement boards under the fruits to keep them off the soil.  (On a few I missed, a gopher came up and ate them from underneath.)  I saved a few seeds, but the fruits were mostly solid flesh and the seeds are very tiny.  I’ll see this year if I can grow some more from these seeds.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:47 am.

SandyG says:

Last year I grew Black from Tula.  The strange thing about it was how much every critter in the garden loved it, much more so than any other tomato I’ve grown.  If left until nearly ripe, it would develop lots of cracks and the insects would descend and make it a squirming mass of bugs in one day.  Others split and cracked but didn’t attract this amount of interest.  It was good tasting if I picked it early enough to prevent the cracks and avoid the critter picnic!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:52 am.

Connie Beck says:

I put a Black Prince tiny tomato in a 40 gallon compost barrel.  It was a Jack in the Beanstock plant.  The problem was I could have used a ladder to harvest the tomatos!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 6:55 am.

Stephanie Brown says:

Probably the tomatoes that turned up hollow inside.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:14 am.

John says:

The Sungold that I started 4 years ago doesn’t seem to want to die like all my other varieties of tomatoes at winter time. Strangest thing about them is as it gets colder the Tomatoes get sweeter.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:15 am.

Denise says:

When I first began growing tomatoes, I didn’t know what “indeterminate” meant.  Enough said.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:21 am.

Linda Genis says:

I had a plant last year that was supposed to be a Lemon Boy but produced medium sized orange tomoatoes.  It wasn’t a Kellogg’s Breakfast, and I never could identify it.  Some new hybrid perhaps?

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:23 am.

Jennifer Lawrence says:

The strangest one I have grown was a Green Zebra that had a “double nose” on it. My neighbors loved watching that one grow. It was pretty cool looking and tasted great!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:34 am.

Renee says:

I’m new to growing tomatoes so I haven’t had a weird one yet, but looking forward to growing some fun ones!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:42 am.

Kelli says:

I haven’t had anything too strange, but last year I had a 12 foot yellow cherry tomato bush volunteer. We had a lot of little tomatoes!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:46 am.

JacLynn Dabbs says:

I just planted seeds for an heirloom variety of yellow tomatoes. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:54 am.

Gardengeri says:

Very generous! I am particularly interested in learning more about Tomatofest and Gary Isben and in trying ‘Aussie’ and ‘Black Cherry’.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:01 am.

Sandy says:

Garden Peach, but since not sure it is a true tomato, will also say Delicious (some of the Delicious were pretty wonky shaped.)

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:04 am.

Jennifer B says:

A few oddly shaped ones over the years, but nothing really strange. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:08 am.

Pam says:

Huge and delicious Great White Beefsteaks.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:16 am.

Heather says:

I’ve had nothing but bad luck with tomatoes the last three years.  My baby tomatoes has fed the squirrels, rabbits, and other critters, and not a one has made it all the way to the kitchen table. :(

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 9:26 am.

diane says:

I haven’t had weird tomatoes. . .but tomato plants that didn’t produce tomatoes.  Thank youj for this give away opportunity.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:09 am.

Cynthia Stetson says:

I think it is interesting when two grow together.  Yummy regardless

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:15 am.

Leslie says:

I grew six different varieties last summer.  One of the Paul Robesons (the most delicious tomato I’ve eaten so far!) grew through the deer netting and looked a bit like a figure eight.  Really cool.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:49 am.

Gae Seal says:

Hollow fruits from the peacocks that eat out the hearts!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:50 am.

Karen B says:

I love growing and eating tomatoes.  I haven’t had any strange ones, but I did have a really nice huge one a few years ago, about 6 inches across.  Since I like them to ripen fully on the vine I had to wrap it in netting and grow cloth to keep the critters in my community garden from eating it.  I won, It was very tasty.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:52 am.

Melanie says:

Nine-foot beast of a Brandywine.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:12 pm.

W Boyer says:

I had a cherry type that the squirrels loved to munch on, but they left the other two tomato varieties alone.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm.

Ron, the Plant Man says:

Nineteen years ago I planted a few Cherry tomatoes in a planter in the back yard.  We had a small Pomeranian dog who loved to eat them right off the plant if he could reach them.  A fact that some of you might already know is that tomato seeds pass through the digestive tract with out harming them, and so even after 19 years, we still have Cherry tomatoes popping up in various spots around the yard due to the dog and birds that also like the tomatoes!  At the various sewage treatment plants around So. Cal., Tomatoes and sometimes Corn pops up around the processing area for the same reason as they passed through the dog and the birds!  Many times after you use Kellogg products in your garden, tomatoes will pop up as the seeds are very hard to kill!

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm.

Jeannette says:

I’ve never grown tomatoes that looked unusual.  But growing them is my problem.  I wish I would get better at it.

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm.

Annette says:

Hope I’m not too late….Any one have a horny tomato!?!  Not like that!!!!!

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:04 am.

Jenny says:

The strangest tomato I saw last season was in my cherry tomato patch. All of the cherries were the small, standard cherry tomato size except for one that was double the size of everyone else. It was delicious!

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:58 am.

Nell Campbell says:

I only learned last fall that tomato plants in containers can be cut back near the soil and brought inside to grown, bloom and produce fruit under glass if timed right.

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm.

Jon says:

Matts Wild Cherry was the strangest one. It was mainly because they were very hard to harvest as they are so tiny. They really are smaller than cherries. I would not have minded spending the time harvesting them if our dog hadn’t then eaten them all!

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm.

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