This Saturday there will be a super fun event going on at Tagawa Gardens in Centennial, Colorado. It is the Tomatopalooza Festival on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 10am to 3pm.
Last year I was a spearker at this event and it was sooooo much fun! If you have the day open and can attend, I highly recommend it as a superb way to spend a Saturday.
Mary Brenneman, a master gardener, will be giving a talk at 10am called Growing Tomatoes Indoors Year-Round. This is something Chris and I have been promoting for the past 4 years with our Red Robin Tomatoes (pictured above after harvesting a dozen plants and below lined out in the greenhouse ready for sale to wholesale customers like Tagawa’s). Mary will be talking a lot about our Red Robin Tomatoes because she grows them indoors too.
Red Robin Tomatoes are a large sized cherry tomato that is just perfect for growing indoors. They prefer bright, but indirect light. Direct full sun will sunburn the foliage of these creatures. They are self pollinating, which is unusual for tomatoes, and they will continuously produce fruit all year provided that you fertilize them every 3-4 weeks with a good organic fertilizer. That last bit is important, because if you fail to keep them fed they will stop flowering and if you fertilize them too frequently they will have lush green foliage but fewer fruits. They grow to a height of 15-18 inches tall and we grow them in 8″ clay pots on-going. Because they do not sprawl like many other tomatoes, they are good house or patio plants. We do give them a support stalk that is about 18″ long to help them hold up to the tremendous amount of tomato fruit weight they produce.
Anyway, Mary will be talking about these favorites and other good tomatoes for growing indoors. Remember that we all grow lots of different plants in our homes, but few of us grow food plants indoors as a houseplant. That should change, because there are a lot of really great fruit and vegetable plants that can be grown indoors, giving you fresh food year round from your garden, even if it is an indoor garden during cool and cold months of the year!
These are German Pink Heirloom tomatoes and they are another favorite of ours. They sprawl, so they are not so great for indoor growing, but they are fabulous for growing in your garden. If you didn’t grow them this year, remember to consider them for next year.
Some other workshops that will take place at the Tomatopalooza Festival is one called Common Tomato Problems from 12 noon to 1 pm and Preserving Home Grown Tomatoes from 2-4 pm. Both should not only be very interesting and helpful, but they should be fun and inspiring!!
You can check out the website for Tagawa’s Garden Center by googling it, but here is the address and phone number so that you can just hop in your car and drive there directly to take part in the tomato extravaganza!
Tagawa Garden Center at 7711 S. Parker Road in Centennial, Colorado. Call 303-690-4722 for more information.
Have a great time!