BY LYDIA HOLLEY Henderson County Master Gardener
The thought of savoring a vine-ripened tomato motivates many to plant a vegetable garden.
To be able to pick out a specific flavor of tomato is even more motivating. Have you ever tasted a purple tomato? Or a yellow one?
Did you know that tomatoes can have distinct tastes? Yellow tomatoes are generally sweeter, while purple tomatoes usually have a stronger flavor than the red varieties.
There are tomatoes that are good for canning, tomatoes that grow as big as a baseball, and tomatoes as small as grapes.
But too many times, the tomato plants available at the local garden centers are of a limited variety. The solution is to grow your own tomatoes from seed.
Last year, I grew a rainbow garden – yellow, red, orange and purple tomatoes, all from seed. It was a fun experiment, and I found an orange tomato that I loved. I would have never found this delicious and unusual tomato if I had grown only the tomato plants available from the local garden center.