Heirloom tomato recommendations and bean trellis
For the first time in my life, I have full charge of the garden plot, and I'm going to take advantage of that. So I'm looking for some recommendations of heirloom tomatoes. I live in southwest Wisconsin (zone 4b), and we're not supposed to plant tomato seedlings until the last week of May, so I have a little time to track some down, but not enough to start from seed. I'm mostly interested in the red/pink, yellow, and black tomatoes and not so much the green ones. I'd also prefer a tomato that doesn't develop deep cracks into the flesh -- superficial ones are OK -- because of the potential for bacterial growth. Apart from that, aesthetics don't matter. Bush or vine, it doesn't matter. I prefer sweet tomatoes over acid ones. I've got a 5' by 5' space set aside for tomatoes in my garden, so I'm looking to put four plants in there. I've already had Mr. Stripey recommended to me, and it looks pretty promising. Any others? Now, for the beans, I'd like to grow Kentucky Wonders, because that's the seed packet we had. Have you had better luck with the fence method (two poles, string a wire, and the have twine coming down for the beans to climb) or the tripod method? Has anybody tried chicken wire between two poles? It seems that the fence method would be more economical of space, but the tripod method would be easier to put together. Also, if anybody has nurseries to recommend in the Iowa/Grant/Lafayette county area, I'd love to hear of them.