Gardening heirloom tomatoes

Published on October 23rd, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better

How To Grow Heirloom Tomatoes

Over the late summer we like to visit a lot of local farmers markets in the area and this year, we noticed a wide variety of heirloom tomatoes at the stands.

There’s no question that this tomato is popular and as you might expect, they’re pretty tasty too

But what exactly is an heirloom tomato?

Heirloom tomatoes are more easily described by what they are not. Most heirlooms predate the 1950s and are OP, meaning they are not hybrids. Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, defines an heirloom as any garden plant that has a history of being passed down within a family, just like pieces of heirloom jewelry or furniture.

In terms of growing this type of tomato plant, in most cases they won’t be much different than your regular variety and the same steps to growing great tomatoes applies to heirlooms as well.

The output however might just surprise you in terms of the colors and varieties.  So give it a try.

Here’s some tips on heirloom tomatoes from

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