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It is the beginning of the tomato season, and you will get a little overwhelmed with all the different types of tomatoes. Here are some descriptions of the different categories most tomatoes fall into that you will see at Orchard Nursery. On average we will have about 75-90 different varieties in stock.
Large and fleshy tomatoes that can have 6” diameters. Small pulp cavities make them ideal slicing tomatoes. Rich, deep tomato flavor with pronounced sweetness.
Almost spherical with tender, thin skin. Varies from large grape to ping-pong ball size. Juicy with tiny seeds. Rich, sweet flavor profile. Colors can be orange, red, yellow, and white.
Medium-sized with brightly colored skin and flesh. Generally attached to the vine. Sweet tomato flavor. Medium-sized pulp cavities and seeds.
Elongated, bantam-sized, usually under one inch in length. Grown in clusters like grapes. Red, shiny skin. Juicy with concentrated sweetness.
Colored green or unripe tomatoes, generally medium to large varieties. Tart and mildly acidic, these tomatoes require cooking. Most often they are dredged in cornmeal and pan-fried.
Can have odd shapes, some deeply fluted. Intriguing colors, some variegated in two or more colors. Rich, sweet homegrown tomato taste with relatively low acidity and abundant juice. There are many different interpretations of what an heirloom tomato is, but most authorities agree that heirlooms, by definition, must be open-pollinated. They may also be open-pollinated varieties that were bred and stabilized using classic breeding practices. It is currently generally agreed that no genetically modified organisms can be considered heirloom cultivars.
Elongated shape with meaty, thick flesh and few seeds. Generally red, but yellow varieties exist. Less acidity and sweetness. Great for sauces and drying.
Small, teardrop-shaped, usually under 1 inch long. Juicy texture of cherry tomato but milder flavor profile. Colors can be orange, red, and yellow.
Tomatoes need sun, warm weather and uniform deep moisture. Feed once to get plants started, then once a month after fruit set. Provide stakes or cages to support vines.
In many descriptions of tomatoes you will see the words 'indeterminate' and 'determinate' - this is what they mean: Determinate types are bushier, need little or no staking and tend to set their flowers then develop all the fruit at about the same time. Many commercial varieties are of this type for efficient harvesting.
Indeterminate types are more vine-like and need training, either stake, trellis or cage. Blooms and fruit are continually produced throughout the growing season. Many favorites of the backyard farmer are of this type.
We are too! That’s why we’re kicking off spring with a “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” promotion for one of our most popular soils for planting vegetables, Master Nursery Paydirt. Paydirt is a robust blend of mushroom compost, forest humus, bark fines, and chicken manure. It has a higher percentage of chicken manure than any of our other amendments (up to 50%), making it the soil of choice for planting tomatoes, roses, and all the other garden favorites that love the extra manure. With many of our favorite tomatoes now in stock and our famous Tomato Tutorial this Saturday, now is the perfect time to get your raised beds ready with Paydirt. Here’s to a great season!
How do you honor the coronation of spring? Let the Flower Shop Design team help you with that fresh and new start by celebrating your next spring event with fresh, hand- picked quality flowers and beautiful design.
These are an easy and economical way to add perennial color to your garden.
Here is a list of perennials in six packs you will find at Orchard Nursery.
- Achillea - Yarrow ‘Summer Pastels’
- Carnation Monarch Mix
- Chrysanthemum ‘Silver Princess’
- Columbine - McKana
- Giant Mix
Coreopisis – ‘Early Sunrise
- Delphinium ‘Blue Butterfly’
- Delphinium – Magic Fountain Mix
- Forget-me-not – blue
- Forget-me-not – rose
- Gaillardia – 'Goblin Crimson'
- Heuchera – 'Brissingham Coral'
- Heuchera – 'Purple Palace'
- Iberis – candytuft
- Lupine – Gallery Mix
- Nierembergia – 'Purple Robe'
- Scabiosa – Blue
- Statice - Perezii
Welcome spring with a bouquet designed by our talented team, Cathy and Laurel. Our life-like silk arrangements are making our house look fresh and new, and they can do the same for yours. Perfect to tuck into that forgotten corner or to display as a statement piece. They won't wilt and of course, there is never the chance of a hay-fever attack! Beauty and low maintenance - the best of everything!
Dianthus ‘Ideal Series’
Ever popular Dianthus bears masses of frilly petals, dainty blooms on neat, compact plants. Dianthus ‘Ideal Series ’provides a range of colors including white, pink, red, coral, and violet. An ideal plant for rockeries, bedding displays, borders and pots. Sun or light shade, well drained soil and occasional watering when established.
These can be the show stoppers of the summer color. Two types are most popular among home gardeners, being ‘multifloras’ have relatively small and numerous flowers, and ‘grandifloras’ with their large, ruffled flowers. The color range can be amazing! Most common are red, white, blue, pink, rose, salmon, purple, and bicolors. Yellow does appear once in a while but it is not bold. Sun or light shade, average, well-drained soil and regular, moderate watering.
Citrus should be fed monthly during the growing season from late February to early September. Apply granular Master Nursery™ Citrus Food or E.B. Stone Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Food over the entire root area—out to and slightly beyond the “drip-line”. When using dry (granular) fertilizer, try to fertilize just ahead of a good rain or prior to irrigation. Plants in containers should always be watered prior to fertilizing and afterward if a granular fertilizer is used.
Little or no pruning is necessary on citrus, however, the occasional erratic branch can be cut way back. Citrus round out naturally into a shapely shrub or tree—to expedite this pinch off the tips of new growth. Do special or restorative pruning in spring.
Protection from frost
Frost susceptibility will vary by variety and whether the plant is grown in the ground or a container. In general, established plants, growing in the ground, can withstand short exposures below 32ºF with little difficulty; however, the severe frosts of recent years have proved that prolonged periods of temperatures in the low 20’s and teens will damage many varieties of citrus. New plants, and those in containers, should be protected by covering in the evening with tented sheets of “Frost Cloth”—uncover during the day. Anti-dessicant sprays, such as Cloud Cover, have been shown to be useful in frost protection. Containerized plants can, of course, be moved to a frost protected area under an awning, patio cover or indoors.