Mother Earth News has just released this app called Tomato Chooser and it’s an interesting one this time of year as you start browsing through the seed catalogues.
The app has several different sections but the heart of it contains 333 tomato varieties that are all simply described for the main characteristics
A separate section called Guides contains a variety of articles written by Barbara Pleasant – these range from how to grow tomatoes, tips on making your own cages and preserving right through to the best tomatoes for your area.
A short section on the experts who evaluated all the information is interesting and each gives you their opinions about two “best” tomatoes.
There’s a place for you to select your favorite varieties and remember from year to year. I haven’t filled mine in yet and frankly, the tomatoes are Mayo’s responsibility. Well, the truth of it is that they’re not her responsibility so much as she gets to pick which ones we’re going to grow in any given year.
The resources section (not shown) is information about Mother Earth News and the kinds of things they can do for you.
The storage section is about how to store but rather which varieties do best in different storage situations. Very good information to have indeed.
A screenshot of the opening varieties screen with icons across the top
Heart of the Tomato Chooser App
The heart of the app however is in the icons across the top of the variety listings. Each of these is an easy search filter to identify – for example if we tap the small seedling on the top, we get this screen with a range of characteristics to choose from.
I clicked on “early” tomato and then clicked on early and cool climate to give me a choice of 10 possible tomatoes to grow.
I thought I might add some disease resistance to this and clicked on Late Blight. The search result was one plant called ‘Matt’s Wild Cherry’
You can see which filters are being used because the icons on the top of the screen are red. To change the search click on the active site icons and clear or click on the individual search terms. For example, I clicked on the seedling, removed the “early” search filter and increased the number of late blight tomatoes I found.
If you don’t see the number 333 on the bottom of the screen, then you have a filter operating somewhere
Doug Sums It Up
This is a really helpful app and you can download your copy of Tomato Chooser here At 1.99 it’s a no-brainer purchase and useful to boot. Could be a great little app when you’re seed or plant shopping.