Tomatoes are not only my favorite garden crop, they are also the most popular among American home gardeners. And it’s no wonder: have you ever compared a tomato from the supermarket to a garden tomato? The local scent alone will transport you straight into summer.
Another benefit of growing your own tomatoes is variety. Yellow, black, pear-shaped, and even giant tomato seeds — which you won’t usually find in the produce aisle — are readily available in catalogs and at many garden centers. And since my favorite tomatoes are big and lumpy, that’s usually how I roll.