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It's Heirloom Tomato Time!
Denver is enjoying a warm and sunny start to May, and it's time to get your locally-grown heirloom tomato plants for the garden!
- It's always good to wait until the temperature does not drop below 45 degrees at night to plant, as the cooler air will stunt your lovely plants for the season.
- Be sure to "harden off" your plants by placing them outside for a few hours in part sun and gradually moving them to a sunnier spot over the course of a week. This helps them deal with the scorching sun and strengthens their stems in the breeze.
- When planting, the deeper the better (to a point). I always plant mine right up to lowest leaves, and if needed, I'll carefully wrap a leggy stem around the root ball, planting deep. I also put a bit of good organic fertilizer in the hole. (I use Gardens Alive: Tomatoes Alive).
If you love unusual and flavorful heirloom tomatoes as much as I do, I recommend buying your plants at Heirloom Tomato Farms. This year, they have two locations for their annual sale and the plants are luxurious!
All plants are organic, strong and sturdy, and there are 50+ varieties to choose from. The two-day sale will be held at two locations in Denver. Sale dates are Friday, May 4th from 1pm - 6pm and Saturday, May 5th from 9am - 4pm at both locations. Visit their website for tomato varieties and more information. Get there early--when they're gone, they're gone! (And be sure to bring a box or bag to carry your tomato plants home.)
Heirloom Tomato Farms specializes in the cultivation and preservation of organic Heirloom Tomatoes.
South of Capitol Hill
475 Corona Street
Denver, CO 80218
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3611 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO 80216
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P.S. Do you have a great heirloom tomato recipe? Share it in the comments!