Johnny Loves Me!

– Posted in: Seeds and Seed Starting, Vegetables, Wishlist
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I mean, Johnny’s loves me. I happened to be looking at tomatoes online tonight (which is early for me!), and lo, I discovered Valley Girl! Despite anything anyone says to the contrary, I am going to believe this tomato was developed just for me. (I am a girl, and I am living in a Valley.) Assuming it works as advertised, it sets fruit under both extreme heat and extreme cold, matures early, and is crack tolerant. It’s also supposed to be productive and flavorful. And it’s not a tiny tomato. It’s only everything I’ve ever wanted in a tomato! (Hopefully, it will prove itself worthy of that title next year.)

And, in case anyone is wondering, I have also conclusively decided that New Girl is currently the toughest tomato I know of. It’s a small tomato, but I have inadvertently discovered that I can’t kill it, and it produces no matter how it is tortured. The last time I had ordered it was years ago, when I first started gardening and wasn’t really keeping track of anything. I had started trying other varieties, just to see what they were like, and forgot about New Girl. But last year I found the (old) seeds, and decided to start a few. Even though it was a scorcher of a year, they produced. This year, I started the last few seeds. And this year, it rained so much, and was so cloudy and cool, that almost every tomato in the garden split or struggled to ripen, or both. New Girl was the only tomato that didn’t split on me–I don’t believe even a single one. (This was quite dramatic compared the Glacier tomato I had decided to try–every single one split, and I didn’t get to taste one.) The fact that New Girl can take either extreme and still not hate me makes it a very special tomato.

About the Author

Talitha spent the last few years doing an absurd combination of work and school, and found it wasn’t very pleasant. Now she’s doing work, school and a garden, and life is a little better! She also enjoys photography and hand feeding her ducks. USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 AHS Heat Zone: 3 Location: rural; Southern Tier of NY Geographic type: foothills of Appalachian Mountains Soil Type: acid clay Experience level: advanced beginner Particular interests: herbs, vegetables, cutting garden, cottage gardening

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Carol December 2, 2006, 9:15 am

I don’t live in a valley but that looks like a tomato worth trying!