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This has been a rotten Spring/Summer and I was disappointed with some of the types I had faith in producing and was surprised how well a few new ones I tried did. I tried Burpee's Orange Slice, new for this year and it was very productive, mild, meaty, and very sweet, no acid taste, and yes it was yellow orange in color and I will plant it again next year. My caspian pinks flopped; but a new one called "Church" did exceptionally well as did the Red Ponderosa. The sweet million did well; but the mountain belles were late in blooming. None of the yellows did well at all and the Pink Wonder was a flop also. I did get some nice Burpees Pink Pounders and some nice Burpees Heritage. My eggplant was a total flop til the very end of the season, too much sun and too hot.
My first time ever for Limbaugh's Legacy Potato Top (from critterologist) and the taste was outstanding- my favorite for now
Last year's Cherokee Purple produced wonderful big frutis for me but I can't remember what I thought of the flavor
Cherokee Purple is still my favorite for flavor. It hasn't been the biggest producer, but they are so wonderful, I'm willing to plant two of them, and that's unusual for me. It is the only tomato I'm willing to do that for; the others get one plant of each varietyi.
I'd love to try Limbaugh's Legacy Potato Top some time. I've read such wonderful things about it, both here on DG and elsewhere!
I found a really amusing garden blog, called This Garden is Illegal. Every year, she grows a selection of heirloom tomatoes, and then does "tomato tastings" and posts her impressions of different varieties. I have to admit, it has changed the way I approach a new tomato. She considers what they taste like straight, and with salt, whether it would be good for slicing, salads, or cooking, etc. I just get a kick out of the personal twist she puts on the process, I guess.
Anyway, those of you who love a variety of tomatoes might enjoy reading through her past years' tomato tastings. As of today, I think she's only posted 2 tastings this year.
Great blog, Angie! loved her story on Patio tomato (geez I wish I could write like that...)
She did Cherokee Purple in 2009, Marianna's Peace in 2006 I think it was. I have the same recall of Marianna's Peace, great taste but very few fruits on my one plant.
Judging from the success of my beefsteak and German Queen- see other pics- G Q is 12ft now and has 16 ripening and 12 blossoms on top, and sweet as sugar , firm ,keeps on cupboard 4-5 days. I don't take credit for these plants, just old poo and water. Will try to save some seed.
I've grown them, this year the plants died, I guess they just couldn't take the heat. Are yours still green? Its been my experience that white tomatoes are much more yellow then white. Yes, they are late tomatoes 80+ DTM. But that's just an estimate.
Still green, but getting pretty big. They looked yellowish when I Googled, that's encouraging. Except for the cherry tomatoes, everything else we planted was an heirloom, 2 each. They seemed to do so poorly that I'm surprised we have any fruit from them at all, but at this time in the season, we're getting quite a bit, growing larger. We sowed Marvel Stripe indoors late February, but all the beautiful (greenhouse?) plants failed to have a good show. They looked like hardy plants, but none of them grew nice thick stems like the ones we started ourselves. We've been getting ripe Marvel stripe tomatoes for about 3 weeks.
I think I'll I try more seeds next year. Planted in ground May 7th-15th, so we're getting to the 80 day mark in spite of ourselves.
I know Texas has faced the drought of the century. How did your other tomatoes fare?
Drought and extreme heat. This is the first year that I have ever not had at least some ripe tomatoes all summer long. My plants that survived the worst of the heat (113* in the shade last Sun) are doing OK but not blooming or setting. Im not going to complain tho, I dont know how some of the Farmers and Ranchers are going to get through this year). Now the deer have found my garden, thats how bad it is, they are coming right up by the house. They have eaten my pumpkin and cucumber plants, I was really hoping that I would get some but pollination has been so bad do to the heat, I think Im going to have to chalk this year up as a learning experience.
Ah jeese, now I HAVE to go out and buy a "Hillbilly" tomato plant as I saw some the other day and had NEVER seen them before...and since my parents both came from West Virginia, and tried their whole lives to get rid of this past, I am revisiting it..almost heaven!
Another way of looking at it is this: I have other tomatoes going full-blast at this minute. So, those three spindly Hillbillies should hopefully ripen up after the others have died. This should be fun - to see an extended growing season with those red beauties!
Decided to REALLY cut down on the number of tomato plants this year. Growing almost all heirlooms. I still think our favorites will be Brandywine and Marvel stripe, but only time will tell. At this point we have blooms and some small fruit. I think I dug to China to plant them, and it has turned out to be a bonus for us.
It seems I am always saying this, it is not so much a matter of taste as what I can grow.The Marglobe has been a favorite of mine since about 1972,good taste, easy to grow and durable.An Ester Hess outgrew it this year only that was my mistake not the plants. Both of those are loaded with green tomatoes only with the conditions being what they are it will be a while before I see tomatoes from my garden this season.
Usually by the second week of June there has always been some ripe tomatoes.
I don't even know if I will enjoy the Ester Hess as I have never had any before.
I have a Broad Ripple Cherry growing nicely with many green tomatoes only I don't know about that either as another first.
My Abe Lincolns are extremely healthy bushy plants, dark green, with about 3-4 in-a-cluster, hand-sized green tomatoes nicely set inside the bushes...and those two silly Hillbillies are lovin' life! Hubby planted them all together on the corner of our old shed, and they are about 3' tall, with blossoms. He just jammed them in - I could hate him for his gardening-ability - just throws stuff in holes barely big enough, and NO amendments, and of course they thrive, but I love him so much! The one Hillbilly in our garden is 2 1/2' tall, dark green, stocky and no blooms yet. Go figure.
We did have the tease of a home-grown tomato this week with our patio babies giving us three! I planted one in the large pot on our front porch, where it shares life with a "Hen and Chicks" plant and a Sedum.
It is not news ,I like the Ester Hess tomato I picked two of them and there is a dozen to be picked in the morning.Tastes like the yellow tomatoes my grandparents use to grow.And it could be!!!
Broad Ripple current has a really thick skin for a small cherry, picked a couple and they tasted like a standard tomato,that is after you get through that skin .Kinda like popping a grape in grape in your mouth.
Plants aren't as resistant to drought as I thought at first, only I am in a severe drought zone ,so anything that holds up or produces is worth a "look see" for next season.
Had an Abe Lincoln tomato this week for the first time - WOW. Sold. They're proving to be all I know as the perfect tomato - hand-sized, ugly as all get-out (kinda squashed and gnarly but still sliceable), red, red, red, texture like soft velvet, and taste as complex and a bit spicy with true acid and ripeness...ah! And from seed! The plants are now bonafide shrubs, and glorious.
You must understand that I haven't ever grown a tomato from seed. But then I saw that packet...I will surely hate to see the end of growing season with these guys. But then those silly Hillbillies should step in...
My Great White plant has been producing for over 3 weeks. The tomatoes are pale yellow in color, very juicy, and low acid. Each one weighs about 1-1/4 lbs., making them great slicing tomatoes for BLT's. My second favorite heirloom is Mortgage Lifter. They, too, are large and pink in color. A little olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, some green onions, and chunks of Mortgage Lifter = delicious salad. Third favorite is Mr. Stripey. The flavor is outstanding with nothing more than salt & pepper. In the photos, Great White is left, Mr. Stripey is in the middle, and Mortgage Lifter is on the right.