Living in a hot, dry desert climate proved to be an on going challenge for an traditional English gardener like myself who knew only the abundance of heavy rain and fertile soils. So, after many trials with my tomato growing and even more disasters in my exhaustive attempts, I carefully experimented some choice organic heirloom tomato varieties specifically to make it easier for those living in extremely hot, dry, drought or humid climates. These rare and unusual varieties are known for supreme flavour, colour and excellent resistant to drought and disease.I send tips on growing for those living in hot climates, but encourage even those who do not to try some of these satisfying varieties. These seeds were carefully chosen to ensure the finest quality tomato production. The seeds are satisfyingly reliable in germination having successfully grown them with almost no difficulties, even in extreme high heats. Sensible measures such as shade cloth and misting systems ensure a better outcome. Remember this is trial and error, you win some and maybe lose a few but it is definitely worth the endurance. I am constantly looking for new resilient additions to my collection, so please email if you know of other varieties I could add.
TIP! Have a Tomato seed saving swap with your friends, quality seeds like these need to be passed around and also saved in your emergency seed saving storehouse.
http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/ho/other/fs8860.pdf Article for desert growing. very helpful.
Moneymaker is one of the oldest heirloom tomato varieties in the world! Deep red, smooth, round fruit grows in clusters of 6 to 10 tomatoes. Tomatoes average 4 oz. This variety does very well in hot conditions, but will bear in just about any weather, including humid conditions.
The plant Genovese basil makes the perfect companion plant for these tomatoes, it is also able to ward off spider mites, aphids, and whiteflies. You will have better pollination results, as it attracts bees.
For cooking the basil enhances the flavour of these selected tomatoes, wonderfully!
This super sweet cherry tomato has a high sugar content and just screams to be eaten ripe off the vine. Ideal for container gardening, smallspace gardening and for the starter gardener. Very vigorous and reliable produce of high quality fruits even in high heats.
The deep red fruits of Red Currant have a nine degree Brix rating, providing plenty of sweetness and a nice, balanced tomato flavor. The fruits are firm and juicy, resulting in a satisfying explosion of juices when you bite into them. Red Currant vines are indeterminate, providing a steady crop throughout the season. It is a prolific producer, so you'll probably have plenty of Red Currants on hand throughout the season.
Golden Yellow Currant Tomato is a great species that produces abundant tresses of the tiniest fruits we've seen. Delicious golden yellow fruits may be harvested by shaking trellises upside down. Nice ornamental, grows well in hang. ing baskets or indoor windows.
HEIRLOOM. 85 days. This large dark purple tomato from Tennessee is rumored to have come from Cherokee gardeners. Its flavor is rich and full, and often compared to Brandywine. The flesh is brick-red and very attractive sliced on a plate. Plants make large vines that yield tomatoes fully 5" across and 3-1/2" deep. Indeterminate
This lovely little tomato variety produce a great abundance of deep red colored, smooth, plum shaped tomatoes with a tender skin. Each fruit weighs from 2-4 ounces, is blemish free and possesses an exceptionally sweet flavor.
Great White is typically considered the finest and the largest of the white tomato varieties, producing huge creamy white tomatoes that can often weigh up to two pounds, making it larger than White Beauty / White Snowball. When ripe, these creamy colored tomatoes typically have a yellowish hue on the blossom end
Evenly ripening fruits are easy to harvest, some dropping from the vine at peak ripeness. 'Eva Purple Ball' is great in salads, sandwiches, and sauces (the skin peels easily). A wonderful all-purpose tomato with excellent flavor.
Like its forerunner, Porter Improved or Porter Pink, is especially adapted for hot southern states such as Texas. Porter Improved is the best pink tomato variety for areas with extreme heat and low humidity.
Every meal you prepare needs to be enhanced by the addition of fresh homegrown herbs. I have recently put together seed packets of the most popular and loved tradditionally used herbs for you in one delightful collection.
1 collection (6 total): Garden Sage, Basil Large Leaf Italian, Summer Savoury, Lemongrass, Sweet Marjoram and Dill.
Companion planting is based on the idea that when planted in groupings, plants can assist in the over- all well being of the garden. For example; some plants add nitrogen into the soil that is needed for the healthy growth of other plants. Beneficial insets are attracted to certain types of plants, and some plants repel insects. Other plants can provide protection from the sun and wind for more delicate plants. Some weeds have a beneficial quality also. The benefits of companion planting include a natural method of pest control, a higher produce yield, and a garden that is visually more appealing.
With the exception of fennel, most herbs planted in or near vegetable beds will have a beneficial effect. Try planting herbs at the corners of beds to ward off flies and various insects and to attract bees.
Table 1. COMPANION PLANTING CHART FOR HOME & MARKET GARDENING (compiled from traditional literature on companion planting)