Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2016 Seed Starting

Happy New Year!!!! It's been awhile since I posted on my blog. I thought I would do a post on seed starting for 2016. On Sunday I decided to start my first set of seeds. I sowed peppers, eggplant, Cape Gooseberries and tomatillos. This coming weekend I will be starting my Dwarf tomato varieties, cabbage and broccoli. It's a great feeling to be playing with soil and seeds again. I also placed my onion and leek order with Dixondale this morning for a March delivery. I plan on starting up my Tomato Tuesday posts again. Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I will have many more interesting posts to share with you.

Doe Hill
Chervena Chushka
Golden Treasures
Sweet Chocoloco
Sweet Chocolate
Sweet Cayenne
Ljubov Dlan
Winnie the Pooh
Liebesapfel Sweet
Aji Limon
Not Black Brant

Purple Tomatillo
Gigante Verde
Cisinero's Tomatillo

Lavendar Touch
White Egg Shaped

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Garden Season is in Full Swing

I have to apologize to my Tomato Tuesday readers, I have been busy in the garden and not on my computer. I will be taking a break from Tomato Tuesday for now until fall when I will be spotlighting the new varieties I am growing this year. I have many great new varieties to share with you in fall. I will still post throughout the season and update you on my garden progress. Thanks and happy gardening!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tomato Tuesday- Prue

This weeks Tomato Tuesday spotlight is on Prue. This was another good paste/plum tomato I grew last year. Early in the season the plant looked sickly because of it's extremely wispy leaves, but as the season progressed it produced really nice tomatoes for me up until the first frost. Here is some info from Tatiana's site about it.

Indet. plants with regular wispy foliage, which is sparse and droopy. Fruits are large elongated red plums, some with a nipple at the bottom, some without, variable shapes, but mostly a variation of plum shape. 4-12 oz. Delicious rich flavor, juicy flesh, very few seeds. Originated from Tom Gallucci of Connecticut, seeds came from Tom's ex-wife's grandfather, Mr. Prue of Massachusetts, who was born around 1900 and had been growing this tomato in the 1940s or earlier. Original source is unknown.

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Stop by next week to see which tomato variety I will be spotlighting from my 2014 garden.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tomato Tuesday- Grow List & Seedling Update

I thought I would do a post for Tomato Tuesday about the varieties I am growing this year. I listed below my grow list for my Home Garden and Community Garden Plots. I started my dwarf varieties on February 23rd and the rest of my varieties were sown on March 29th. I will be planting them outside into my gardens the middle of May. I have many new varieties to try this year thanks to all the seed trading I did over the winter. I traded seeds with gardeners overseas this year, which was very exciting. I will be doing future Tomato Tuesday posts about each of the varieties at the end of the season.


Community Garden Plots:
Sunrise Bumblebee
Iva's Red Berry
Lucky Tiger
Carbon Copy

Uluru Ochre
Pit Viper
Wild Fred
Sweet Adelaide

Streak Lightning
Orange Banana
Wessel's Purple Pride
Smiley Worms
Smoky Mountain

Carneal Tiger
Sailor's Luck
Janet's Jacinthe Jewel
Everette's Rusty Oxheart
Copper Penny
Noire Charbonneuse
Banded Amazon
Pink Siberian Tiger
Green Copia
Le Cadero
Lithium Sunset
Damascus Steel
Wine Jug
Copper River

Home Garden:

Arctic Rose
Jackass Yellow
CT Large Red
Chocolate Lightning
Dwarf Purple Heart
CT Striped Plum
Shadow Boxing
Patio Song

Angora Super Sweet
Sinister Minister

Med/Large Varieties:
Missouri Rose
Royal Hillbilly
Pink Lemon
Dark Copia Heart
Buffalo Soldier
Red Barn
Sgt. Peppers
NPS x Sgt. Peppers
Reinhard Green Heart
Dolly Parton
Grosse Verte Rose
P20 x Beauty King
Captain Lucky
Marie Antoinette
The Thong
Seedlings started on 3/29. I will be transplanting them into individual cups
this week.

Dwarf plants started on 2/23

Dwarf plants started 2/23
Thanks for taking a look at my Tomato Tuesday post!
Stop by next week to see which tomato variety I will be spotlighting from my 2014 garden.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tomato Tuesday- Vorlon

Vorlon is a large black beefsteak tomato with a great flavor. The plants are indeterminate and have potato leaves. It is a mid season variety. My plant was not overly productive because it was unfortunately suffered due to disease. Vorlon is a stabilized accidental cross between Cherokee Purple and Pruden's Purple that appeared in the garden of Joe Fisher of Winterport, Maine. Said to be named for the enigmatic alien race of the T.V. program Babylon 5. I really liked the flavor of Vorlon and I will give it another try in my garden in the future.

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Stop by next week to see which tomato variety I will be spotlighting from my 2014 garden.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dwarf Tomatoes

 Yes, there are tomato varieties that are called Dwarfs! A Dwarf tomato has certain characteristics just like determinate and indeterminate varieties have. Below is a list of the characteristics of a dwarf tomato that I got from the Dwarf Tomato Project's website http://www.dwarftomatoproject.net/

Dwarf Tomatoes

  • Plants vary in height from 60-140cm (2 to 4.5 feet) depending on which variety is selected.
  • Dark and dense crinkly (rugose) foliage, thick central stem.
  • Tomatoes of all sizes and shapes, including some large fruits around 500 grams (18 ounces)
  • A broad range of flavors - sweet, tangy, fruity, and even a hint of saltiness - something to please   everyone.
  • Fruit colors include green-when-ripe, bi-colors, stripes, blacks (purple & chocolate), pink, red, yellow, orange, white/ivory.
  • Easy to grow in pots, on balconies, or wherever space is limited.

  • Last year I grew a couple Dwarf varieties to give them a try. Most of my plants were grown in 5 gallon buckets and a couple I grew in the ground. I grew four varieties, which were Dwarf Mr. Snow, Sleeping Lady, Tasmanian Chocolate and Rainbow Dwarf. The plants in the 5 gallon buckets required minimal support, however the plants I had growing in the ground required caging because some grew taller than 4.5 feet. Some dwarf varieties stay compact and others can grow taller if allowed. I enjoyed growing the dwarf varieties so much I am growing many more this year. I started my Dwarf seeds the end of February along with my pepper seeds, because they take longer to grow compared to indeterminate and determinate varieties. Here is a picture of my Dwarf seedlings I currently have growing. There is one variety with lime green colored leaves, they are called chartreuse leaves. There are not many varieties with this gene.

    If you have limited gardening space or do container gardening these dwarf tomato varieties are great! Be warned that some of the dwarf varieties will grow taller, especially when grown in the ground. I will be growing most of my dwarf varieties in 5 gallon buckets this year. These are the Dwarf tomato varieties I will be growing this year...
    Sweet Adelaide
    Pit Viper
    Arctic Rose
    Shadow Boxing
    Wild Fred
    Chocolate Lightning
    Sweet Adelaide
    Jackass Yellow
    Uluru Ochre
    Patio Song
    Orange Pixie
    Coastal Pride Orange
    Rosella Crimson
    Rainbow Dwarf
    Sleeping Lady
    Dwarf Purple Heart
    Cherokee Tiger Striped Plum
    Cherokee Tiger Large Red

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Tomato Tuesday-Sun Sugar

    This weeks spotlight is on a yummy little cherry tomato called Sun Sugar. If you like Sun Gold cherry tomato you will like Sun Sugar. Here is some info I got from Trade Winds website on Sun Sugar.

    A medium-sized, orange ripening cherry tomato, sought after for its intense sweet flavor. The fruits grow to a bit under an inch wide, with a thin skin that is very crack resistant. Sun Sugar plants fruit in huge quantities, with a single plant often bearing hundreds of fruits in a single season. The fruits have decent storage capabilities, generally lasting off the vine for 1-2 weeks. Flavor is highly sweet, with fruity overtones, setting the Sun Sugar apart from many of its red counterparts. Plants are vigorous and may grow to 6-7ft, though it will fruit nicely in containers.

    Thanks for taking a look at my Tomato Tuesday post!
    Stop by next week to see which tomato variety I will be spotlighting from my 2014 garden.