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Choices for Architects Akin to Garden Tomatoes: Is It a Heirloom or a Hybrid?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 30, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Glenn Meyers last modified May 29, 2012

Here is the form/function question for the gardening sort: Should one's tomatoes be newer and better, or tried and true? Put another way, should the good gardener stick with hybrid plants – what most of modern world agriculture knows - and the predictable looks they yield? Or should the quest be simply a pathway leading to unblemished tastes – something that’s never been meddled with in the laboratory, remaining pristine through the years – try, instead heirloom plants.




 

 

Heirloom tomatoes taste surprisingly better than hybrids.

If pure, untarnished beauty is the designer’s only goal, don’t read these words. But if function and form should always be most prodigiously wed, then continue forward – especially now that planting season is here and a good gardener’s dreams turn to tomatoes.

Here is the form/function question for the gardening sort: Should one’s tomatoes be newer and better, or tried and true?  Put another way, should the good gardener stick with hybrid plants – what most of modern world agriculture knows – and the predictable looks they yield? Or should the quest be simply a pathway leading to unblemished tastes – something that’s never been meddled with in the laboratory, remaining pristine through the years – try, instead heirloom plants.

At my wife’s urging, I tried my first heirloom tomatoes six years ago and have never looked back. Often the tomatoes I harvest are remarkably homely but the taste is extraordinary – and besides, it’s quite enjoyable to encounter taste treats that don’t all look alike.

May every garden be a place of respite, productive, and most delectable!

Photo:  mrsdkrebs



 

 

 
 
 

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