Last spring when I was planting tomato seedlings for Dinette’s rooftop garden, I proclaimed nothing could be as romantic as eating a Thessaloniki (seeds developed in Greece) tomato in Pittsburgh. Apparently the rooftop gods were not listening! The 6 containers of Nebraska Wedding tomatoes on Dinette’s roof have won the productivity contest. In the photo below, you’re looking at just 3 of the vines which have grown profusely in their 5-gallon containers and created a wall of leaves in which you can count at least a dozen ripe yellow-orange tomatoes, each weighing about a half pound.
The Nebraska Wedding plants do have one great advantage when it comes to taking pictures. They’re extra-photogenic because they’re determinate tomatoes. All their fruit ripens in a short period–about three weeks. Determinate means they only grow so long and then their season ends quickly.
The Thessaloniki, by contrast, are indeterminate tomatoes. It doesn’t quite mean that they’re unpredictable (which would be fitting for a Greek variety). Rather the vines keep growing as long as there’s no frost. So it’s possible we’ll see a comeback in late August (I just added some compost to their containers) when the season for Nebraska Wedding tomatoes is over and the yellowing vines will only be fit to become compost themselves. Maybe then the gods will be with me!