March, 2011

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Tomatoes in Ground (some)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Got the garden ready for tomatoes. Info:

Central soil area of garden measures 19′ x 2′

Added 2 1.5 cu. ft. bags of Ladybug Revitalizer Compost, 1 1.5 cu. ft. bag of Farm Style Compost. 8 lb. dolomite. 2lb 10oz of GardenTone organic fertilizer. Planted three tomatoes (the rest not quite big enough yet, plus we have a bit of a cold snap coming this week): from south to north: Black Krim, Bush Early Girl, Paul Robeson.

Update 4/9: planted the remaining tomatoes. Had to deviate from original plans because the plants I grew from seed were just too small to plant (I planted the seeds too late), so rounded up some interesting varieties from the nurseries. So completing the bed from south to north are Lemon Boy, Orange Oxheart, Black Prince and Sweet 100 Cherry.

Earthbox 2011

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

EB1: removed fertilizer strip, added the EB non-organic fertilizer, added 1lb dolomite. Did not replace any of the soil. I am guessing this is the second season for this box maybe. Planted green bean seeds, clockwise starting at water tube: Roma II, Roma II, French Filet*, Provider, Blue Lake*, Contender (replanted 4/18), Royal Burgundy*, Pencil Pod*, 3/21. (* planted these seeds 4/10, after the original varieties just kind of fell out of the soil or did not take off. So far the Roma II is thriving, the others look iffy–curled leaves, very unsteady and flopping over to the point of falling out of the soil).

EB2: removed fertilizer strip, added the EB non-organic fertilizer, added 1lb dolomite. Did not replace any of the soil. I am guessing this is the second season for this box also. Planted squash seeds, left to right facing EB with water spout on left: spacemaster cucumber, Johnny’s yellow multipik, black beauty zucchini, dixie hybrid yellow squash, 3/19.

EB3, first use of this EB: planted six peppers on 3/27: clockwise starting at water tube: Johnny’s Seeds Green to Red Bell Ace F1, Reimer Seeds Early Sunsation, Reimer Seeds Grande Jalapeno, Serrano (from nursery), Johnny’s Seeds Hot Ancho 211 F1, Reimer Seeds Poblano.

2010 Tomato Roundup

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Summary of last season’s tomato varieties:

Sungold: Very good producer, lasted thru the summer, 3/4″ to 7/8″, orange cherries. A favorite. Aunt Carolyn says “good, sweet!”, and I have to concur.

White Currant: good producer, by far the most delicious of the cherries. Super sweet, juicy, thumbs way up. Only downside is they are difficult to pick–they don’t pop off easily and split often when pulling off (in which case you have to eat immediately, yum!). Small 1/2″ to 5/8″ fruits.

 

Sungold and White Currant Tomatoes

Sungold on left, White Currant on right

 

Black Cherry: good prodcuer, 7/8″ to 1″ fruits. Better if you wait until fully ripe, there tends to be some green that hangs on. Flavor ok, but was not a favorite. Aunt Carolyn proclaimed “skin tough”.

Black Cherry Tomatoes

Black Cherry

Bush Early Girl: “Early” in that they seem to ripen faster than other tomatoes. Smallish non-cherry tomatoes, average 2.5 oz. Somewhat bland flavor, but not bad. Decent production. Plant seemed a bit leggy, but that may have been my growing conditions. Survived the summer and produced into fall. Was more productive in the fall. Reliable.

Bush Early Girl Tomatoes

Bush Early Girl

Japanese Black Trifele: smallish fruits, teardrop shaped, meaty, good flavor. Might do this one again, but fruits kind of small for a non-cherry. Aunt Carolyn thought they were “too sour”.

Japanese Black Trifele Tomato

Japanese Black Trifele

Aunt Ginny’s Purple: this was the flavor winner. Large fruits. Very tasty. The most “tomatoey” tangy flavor of all the ones I grew. Definitely growing this one again.

Aunt Ginny's Purple and Japanese Black Trifele Tomatoes

Aunt Ginny's Purple on left, Japanese Black Trifele on right

 

Stupice: these were a fall-only planting, so only got a few from the plant. I think overall they were ok, but smallish and nothing remarkable.