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Tomatoes for Garden Candy

Sweet 100’s photo from Burpee Seed

Cherry, grape, and pear tomatoes are the tomatoes for “garden candy”. They start fruiting early in the season, continue all summer, and are the last tomatoes in the garden in the middle of autumn.

Sun-drenched, delicious, and easy to handle, frequently these tomatoes never make it to the house as kitchen gardeners are increasingly eating them straight from the vine.

Behnke’s selection includes:

‘Juliet,’ a large red grape tomato that is crack-resistant.
‘Santa,’ a medium-sized red grape tomato.
‘Sungold,’ a medium-sized golden-orange cherry tomato with a sweet, tangy flavor.
‘Sweet 100,’ a medium-sized scarlet cherry tomato that is high in vitamin C.
‘Yellow Pear,’ a small light yellow, open-pollinated heirloom that is wonderful fresh as well as pickled or used to make tomato preserves.

Need more help with your vegetable garden? Meet Elizabeth in the Vegetable and Herb section at Behnke’s in Beltsville, this Saturday (May 15th, 2010) from 10 to 4!

By: Elizabeth Olson, Certified Professional Horticulturist, Behnke’s Vegetable Expert

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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