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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Heirloom tomato varieties we grow in a northern garden

This is our fifth year of growing tomatoes in Alberta, a challenging and fun thing to do. This year we grew mainly heirloom tomatoes again.

I started all of the seedlings in just a little soil and replanted them as soon as they grew, always burying the stem. Mid-May I transplanted them into the green house. This are heirloom tomato varieties that grow in a northern, short growing season garden and greenhouse.

More on growing tomatoes: Instructions for Growing Tomatoes: in the garden and greenhouse


  1. Thanks for this article, I have bookmarked it. I love heirloom tomatoes and will look into some of the varieties you mentioned. Your pictures are beautiful!

    I have had pretty good luck with Carbon tomatoes, and this year will experiment with Snow White Cherry tomatoes (from Heritage Harvest Seed) and Cole tomatoes (from Annapolis Seed, where the description reads "My earliest tomato. This is one that really impressed me last summer. It's been grown and selected for at least 40 years by a Mennonite family in Saskatchewan, it came to me from a friend in northern Alberta where it is one of only a few varieties that can reliably mature. The short, somewhat scruffy looking plants seem to be more fruit than foliage!")

    1. Thank you! The varieties you mentioned sound interesting too.


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