Way too many things getting in the way of quality time to post here this year, but thought I’d sneak in a tomato posting (pasting?).
Went all organic this year, only used rich mulch and simple mulch tea to feed. Even used a banana/coffee/bonemeal tea to combat some end-rot that started early on just one variety – haven’t seen it on the later tomatoes. But I’ve heard there’s not much you can do, you have to start correctly to avoid the rot (which I though I had). Anyway, no more end rot, and that is good, yes?
Yellow Pear (start from a friend) – this one is coming back next year, a big hit, produced like this every other day for more than a month, and is still going…
Rutgers (heirloom) – very nice flavor, will return
Violet Jasper (heirloom) – not bad, might return
Cherokee Purple (heirloom) – had a tough time with this one for some reason
Celebrity (start from a friend) – eh, so-so; need a better large, slicing heirloom next year (had some end-rot troubles with this one at first)
A Grappoli D’Inverno (Italian heirloom) – great flavor and very nice vines (see below), can store green and will ripen, bringing back next year
Think I mentioned in passing in my Herb/Tea Garden project posting about a last minute, very late planting of some puny, A Grappoli D’Inverno starts that I didn’t know what to do with. I just couldn’t throw them away, and had already forced some other starts on co-workers. Aaaa, well….
Planted the same on the other side of the pergola, but it doesn’t get as much sun there so it wasn’t as jack & the bean stalk-like, but has plenty of fruit on it (maybe more than this beast, actually).
Violet Jasper while still green (classified as a purple tomato, I believe).
Putting my tomatoes, little finger eggplants, zucchini, garlic, and basil to good use…
Close shot of the Cherokee Purple (since I drive an older, could you say, “heirloom” Jeep Cherokee, I really wanted this variety to do well, but it has only been so-so so far (kinda like my Jeep, really).
“Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes!” (stole that from Kitchen Gardeners International, I think).
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