At some point in our lives we all have favorite foods and those we like to keep at a distance. My distance food for years was the tomato unless they were prepared for homemade spaghetti sauce.
Tomatoes are also my least favorite crop to grow because I don’t like the scent or texture of the plant. Do you think I’m sounding a little picky at the moment? I would have to agree.
After growing several different types of tomatoes the last couple of years I decided that Romas were my favorite. So if you don’t like tomatoes at all, this variety is definitely one you might want to give a try.
Why I like Romas
- Italian variety.
- Taste, texture and small size.
- They hold their shape after you slice them.
- Great to cook with hot or cold.
- Amazing in Salsa and all my Italian dishes.
- Very easy to grow.
- Easy to freeze for later.
- Seeds are easy to harvest.
- No cage necessary, cages do help the plant to grow fuller.
The main thing I discovered about tomatoes is that it wasn’t I didn’t like them I just preferred certain types over others. That is why I only grow roma tomatoes now. I’m a believer you should grow food that you like to eat. This is important tip especially if you have limited space to work with.
My plants from last year were planted in recycled tires without using any kind of wire cage. It gets really windy here so the tires helped support the base of plant.
Prepping the Soil For Planting
Soil preparation consisted of these simple applications mixed with the existing soil a month prior to planting.
- Llama droppings
- Eggs shells (lots for calcium)
- Direct compost