For the tomato lover, there are many different tastes and many different colors. Just listen to these names: Sun Gold, Black Ethiopian, Dr. Wychee's Yellow, ET Bicolor, Mr. Stripey, Golden Queen, Yellow Boar, Golden Giant, Zebra Heart, Aunt German Green... the list goes on.
The garden club had a tomato tasting and found out that some are sweeter than expected, some are tart and crunchy, some are mild and soft, some are brightly colored, some are low in acid, some are big, some are small. What a range of tastes, colors and sizes. Most of these are heirloom tomatoes and if you want to raise some, come to the Master Gardener Plant Sale in the spring - Master Gardener Nelson Gray always has a fine selection of heirloom tomato plants.
The Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale is coming up; start getting a spot ready for all those neat things you will buy. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20, at the fairgrounds in Building 25. Vendors of plants, garden stuff and produce are welcome for a donation to the organization. Set-up time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19. Call Mary Margaret Schwarzentraub, (419) 668-8877 for more information. There will be plants (daylilies, hosta, butterfly plants, hardy garden geraniums, sedum, iris, black-eyed Susans, hens and chicks plants, etc.) from member gardens, fresh flowers, magazines, gloves, books, handouts and whatever else shows up. Come get some good perennials at bargain prices for your flowerbeds.
The new Habitat House at 3 Fuller Drive is the next project for the Master Gardeners. The house is finished and landscape plans are next. The home owner will meet with a Master Gardener for ideas and input. Members are also making plans to help Soil and Water Conservation with its October FunFest, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Oct. 11 at the fairgrounds. Many young people show up for this family outing and the Master Gardener booth is one of the favorites.