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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2013 Tomato Varieties Planted Sown 3/15/13 Update 8/26/13Tomato Name Type Color ID EML Notes
## Dr. Carolyn Recommendations or Favorites I=Indeterminate PL=Potato Leaf E=Early M=Middle L=Late
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Amazon Chocolate PL Beef VL Brown I E Amazing Flavor Produced well
Anna Maria’s Heart ## Oxheart Pink I M Quite prolific heart One of first to ripen; lost leaves early
Anna Russian Mutant Round Sm Red I M This is smaller and good for drying Still very few ripe
Anna Russian ## Oxheart VL Rd Pnk I M Good heart Few ripe at this point
Aurega (Auriga) Round Bi Or I M New 2013 Surprise. Prolific, very good, like Jaunne Flamme
Black Cherry ## Cherry Brown I EM Yummy cherry - Good for drying too Not ripening as fast as other years
Black Sea Man Globe M Brown D E-M Second favorite black. Almost done - lost leaves
Brad’s Black Heart Oxheart Brown I M My favorite black Got some but more to come
Carbon Globe Flat Brown I LM New 2013 Good - still ripening
Cherokee Chocolate Beef Brown I M New 2013 2012 died Very few - ones tried are outstanding!
Cherokee Green Beef, Irreg Green I M One of the best ever!! Quite prolific; great flavor; large
Chianti Rose PL Beefsteak Pink I L New 2013 Waiting to taste.
Cowlick’s Brandywine PL Beef Obl Pink I M Best Brandywine! Better than ever this year.
Cuor di Bui ## Oxheart Pink/Rd I M Excellent heart Started out well; some eaten by groundhog; others then slow to ripen
Dagma’s Perfection Bi(stripe) Y Pale I M My favorite yellow Still great tasting; plant dying early
Dawson's Russian Oxheart Bi O-Y I M-L New 2013 AKA Orange Rus117 Still no ripe ones
Dr. Wyche’s Yellow Beef L Gold I M Been a while since I tried it Still no ripe ones
Earl’s Faux PL Beef M Pink dk I 80 Delicious! Still no ripe ones
Ernie’s Plump (65-70days) Pear Dbl Red I M Good for sauce and drying. Nice large ripe ones
Gary Ibsen’s Gold Globe L O-Gold I M None ripe yet
German Queen PL Beef L Pink (R?) I EM New 2013 Only one ripe; coming
Golden Cherokee (8-24 oz) Beef Oblate Bi Y-R I L New 2013 One early; then no more
Grappoli d’Inverno Cherry Grp Red I M Good for drying. Plant weak; not a lot of tomatoes
Jaune Flamme Round Sm O deep I M Prolific Delicious & good for drying. Best producer this summer
KBX ## PL Oblate bf Yellow O I M Another favorite yellow Still great tasting; large tom.
Lee’s Sweet PL Boat-Heart Pink I M New 2013 Still no ripe ones
Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom PL Beef Gold I L New 2013 Still no ripe ones
Little Lucky PL Globe-Beef Y small I M Only one ripe so far
Livingston Beauty Oblate Red I 80 Very old variety - new 2013 Still no ripe ones
Momotaro Hybrid! Round M Pink dk I 70 My favorite hybrid Disappointing; cracking, fewer than normal
Orange Minsk ## Beef L O deep I M-L 2012 limited prod. Trying again
Orange Strawberry ## Oxheart O deep I 75 Grew before but poor production Still no ripe
Porkchop Round M Yel Gr I M Fabulous newer variety Prolific; excellent flavor
Prudens Purple PL Beef L Pink Pur I M Fabulous flavor No ripe yet
Red Penna ## Beef VL Red I M Excellent flavor Starting to produce
Riesentraube (from friend) Cherry Red I M New 2013 Disappointing
Siberian Pink Honey Oxheart Pink I E AKA Rozovi Myod Rus New 2013 started strong, weakened
Sleeping Lady Oblate Brown I E Dwarf New 2013 Still none ripe
Soldacki ## PL Beefsteak Pink I M New 2013 Waiting to tastye
Sugar Drop Cherry (tip on end) Cherry Yel Gr I E Rivals Sun Sugar? New 2013 Didn't grow true- got a pink
Summertime Gold PL Beefsteak Yellow I M-L Dwarf New 2013 Very good, nice size
Sun Sugar F1 Hybrid Cherry O I E Best orange cherry Dependable and tasty as ever
Tsar-Kolokol ## Oxheart pink red I M New 2013 Excellent flavor - a winner
Wes ## Oxheart L Red I M One of best oxhearts? Trying again still no ripe
Yellow Amish Round Yellow ? ? Saved seeds from bought tomato Somewhat bland
Monday, August 6, 2012
Tomatoes I Planted 2012 with commentsBasic List - My comments
Amazon Chocolate - One of first to ripen; incredibly good this year!
Anna Maria’s Heart ##
Anna Russian ## SE10 C (Nisi) - Coming true this year
Anna Russian ## New for 2012 Sample Seed shop - 2 plants seem the right tomato
Anna Russian Mutant? #SA Same as last year - not a true Anna Russian
Beryl Beauty (SE ’11) - 2 plants
Black Cherry #SA ##
Black Sea Man (Pvt SE) - died of wilt - first to go - usually one of my favorites
Brad’s Black Heart ##SE10
Bulgarian Beauty (#SA)
Cherokee Chocolate SE10 - died of wilt but gave 4 tomatoes - ripened indoors - flavor OK but probably better if plant had lived and I had tasted them after vine ripening
Chocolate Cherry (C) (PvtSE)
Cherokee Green (C Bonus)
Cowlick’s Brandywine (PvtSE)
Dagma’s Perfection (#SE 09)
Danko ## (#SE ’11) - very prolific this year but plant weakening 8/6/12 with so much rain - one tomato almost ripe
Earl of Edgecombe C + (SE’11)
Earl’s Faux SE10 - usually excellent but 1/2 seems to have died
Gary Ibsen’s Gold (C)
Green Zebra Cherry## (#SE ’11)
Hugh’s Yellow (#SA) SE10
Isis Candy SE10 - fruit cracking terribly when almost ripe.
Jaune Flamme SE10
Little Lucky for ’12 (C)
Momotaro (#SA) Hybrid! - picked ripe one two days ago - letting it get redder
Orange Minsk ## (C)
Porkchop for ’12 (C) ***
Principe Borghese SE10
Prudens Purple C SE10
Red Penna ## (SE ’11)
Sophie’s Choice (C) ##** - supposed to ripen early but still very green - plant doesn't like heat and it has been tough
Sudanese Special (SA) - very compact - like a dwarf - seed from a tomato I got in market in Sudan
Sunray SE10 ***
Sun Sugar #SA + F1- ripening for two weeks as of 8/6/12 - very sweet and juicy despite heat and rain
Toedebusch Pink (#Pvt SE)
Wes ## SE10 Better Buy - first year this looks correct - truly wispy - has set some tomatoes at least
Same list with info
Amazon Chocolate Beef VL Brown I E PL Russian
Anna Maria’s Heart ## (SE 10) Oxheart Pink I M 83 days 6-16 oz. Russian
Anna Russian ## SE10 Oxh VL RedPink I M Russian Seed Exchange in '11 not true
Anna Russian ## C Oxh VL RPink I M Sample Seed Shop for 2012
Anna Russian Mutant? #SA Eggshape RPink I EM From SE pack - not true: Meaty, drying, nice flavor
No idea what they are Round between golf ball and tennis ball
Beryl Beauty (SE ’11) Round Green dl M PL Rugose 3-5 oz. 4 ft + Pale green, some yellow blush. Dwarf T Project RARE
Black Cherry #SA ## Cherry Black I EM Best cherry - Plant every year Will try Chocolate Cherry 2012
Black Sea Man (Pvt SE) Globe M Red Br D E-M 6-8 oz. RL or PL pkish gray/gr shading lush color SSE EXCELLENT FLAVOR
Brad’s Black Heart ##SE10 Oxheart pk black I M Early for heart; wispy foliage; 8-16 oz. (From Bl Krim patch)
Bulgarian Beauty (#SA) round Red I M My name! Large red orange from friends I saved seed 2011
Cherokee Chocolate SE10 Beef br O br I M brick orange/brown/black exc flavor like Purple 8-12oz
Cherokee Green Beef, Irreg Green I M 80-85 days; 5-16 oz. Ripe has amber blushing SSS 2011
Chocolate Cherry (C) (PvtSE) Cherry Red Br I M 70 day Sweeter than Black Cherry?
Cowlick’s Brandywine (PvtSE) Beef Obl Pink I D M PL Better than Sudduth’s 10-16oz less juicy than Brand
Dagma’s Perfection (#SE 09) Bi(stripe) Pale Y I M Yellow Red Stripes HTP TF $2.50 3”
Danko ## (#SE ’11) Heart Med Red D EM Russian Glecklers
Earl of Edgecombe (C)** Globe M O I M TF $2.95 SH 8-12 oz. Meaty, crack free saucing, canning, fresh
Earl’s Faux SE10 Beef M Pink dk I 80 PL 80 days 10-18 oz. (sandysgardens)
Gary Ibsen’s Gold (C) Globe L O-Gold I M TF ($3.95) for 2010 14oz REDO
Grappoli d’Inverno Cherry Red I M AKA Pomodori a Grappioli (below) T ’10 M Super sweet drying
Green Zebra Cherry## (#SE ’11) Cherry yg w dg I M Highly recommended
Hugh’s Yellow (#SA) SE10 Beef VL Y Pale I ML TB Sparse fol.;Sweet 1-2lbs Needs good soil SH TF $2.95
Isis Candy SE10 Cherry y rd tinge I M 1” & 1 oz Gold flesh “cat’s eye star” of yellow on one end sweet
KBX ## Oblate bf Y O I M Potato Leaf of Kellogg’s Breakfast T ’10 70-80 One of Best Golds!!
Little Lucky (C) Glbe-Beef Y small I M PL red blossom end blush juicy 3-6 oz. SSS 2011 for ‘12 //sampleseeds.com/?page_id=65
Momotaro (#SA) Hybrid! round Pink dk I 70 Terr (4.25/15) Trade Wnds 10/$3 6-7oz crack res. Tough Boy
Porkchop(C) *** Round M BI Y G I M 75-85 days Y w Green stripes, then G;
Principe Borghese SE10 plum shape Red D M 78 days 1-2 oz Great for drying
Prudens Purple C SE10 Beef L Purp Pnk I M PL For 2011 Ferry-Morse 75 day 1 lb Rivals Brandywine
Red Penna ## (SE ’11) Beef VL Red I M 1/2-2 lb. Exc flavor
Sophie’s Choice (C) ##** Globe O Red D VE 6-12oz 18-24”tall Good for cooler climates REDO
Sudanese Special (SA) Oblate Red Market in Sudan Very meaty Somewhat like an Amish Paste
Sunray SE10 *** Round Gld O I M AKA Golden Sunray? 7 + oz(Ben Quisenbery orig)
Sun Sugar #SA + F1 Cherry O I E Bought Tatiana Seeds 2010
Toedebusch Pink (#Pvt SE) Globe Flat Pink I M PL Thin skinned 1-3 lbs Low acid Ted
Wes ## SE10 Better Buy Oxh L Red I M Really tasty 12-16oz. ‘08
Friday, June 24, 2011
2011 Tomato ProgressAll tomatoes in 2011 Tomatoes Started List were planted and are doing fantastically in the straw and hay bales. 4 tomatoes are in 5 gallon coir bags and doing great as well as one pepper. One tomato is in the ground (I made a big hole and filled it with compost and rabbit manure plus some of the fertilizer mentoned below - it is very happy! The rabbit manure is a new find and I go every Sunday to the rabbitry and fill two 5 gallon buckets. Best stuff ever since it doesn't burn even fresh and I am spreading it everywhere as well as mixing with my home made compost.
Only the Kellogg's Breakfast tomato suffered from some kind of damage to the stem while I was away (looks like it rotted) so I cut it off and re-rooted the top part in the ground. It seems to be thriving so in about 10 days I will check if roots have formed enough and re-plant it in its bale. The Azoychka suffered from a snail eating about 2/3 of the way through the stem but seems to be hanging in there nicely after I put more dirt and straw around the affected stem and staked it. Am praying the health of all the tomatoes will continue despite the rains, heat and humidity.
I am using a new system this year for feeding.
I mixed compost, coir and rabbit manure together with some rock phosphate, gypsum, Biosol and Planters II. All roots were inoculated with Biovam (mycorrhiza) and the aforementioned mix was put in the hole with the tomato. To feed I then make a brew from a mix sent to me by T & J Enterprises (//www.tandjenterprises.com/), add Yucca and a cup of his Biominerals (some of the above ground up) and spray the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants every one to two weeks (between the rain - has to be dry). I think they really like this stuff although the Aggrand and Neptune's Harvest are good brands too.
The eggplants are in Earthboxes and just taking off. Peppers are a bit weak this year as the first seedlings were hard hit by the heat wave that arrived the day after they were planted so I lost some. Slugs have been an issue with the Marigolds planted to keep bugs off the tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. The slugs destroyed the first planting of marigolds (quite an irony!). They also got some okra in another bale.
Also have melons, zucchini and patti pan squash coming along in Earthboxes and a laundry basket!
So far am very pleased with the general progress of things - just lots of work weeding the flower beds. The straw is really helping in the veggie garden - easy to weed through that and it is helping to make great soil.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Strawbale Gardening FormulaI am constantly updating this info sheet on Strawbale Gardening as I learn better ways to do it. It is the most successful growing method I have found besides Earthboxes. The used straw makes the best compost and mulch ever at the end of the season. The earthworms LOVE it!!
Straw or Hay Bale Gardening Formula:
Need: Wheat, Oat Straw or Hay Bales (Alfalfa is best); Long Thermometer; Fertilizer; Spatula or Garden Knife; Potting Soil (love Pro Mix or Coir); Wire fencing.
What To Plant: Any Annuals; Annual Herbs; Non-root Vegetables: Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, Beans, Lettuce, Squash, Melons, Okra, etc. Potatoes may be planted the following year in the decomposed straw or hay!
To Prepare Bales if they are new in the Spring:
Use wheat / oat straw or hay (Alfalfa is great) bales. Hay has some nitrogen whereas Straw has no nutrients. I use both. Ask if and which herbicides were used. Avoid if “Growzone” was used. Remember you are planting your vegetables in them! If placed in double rows they will heat up better but it is not necessary. Put newspaper or cardboard underneath to avoid weeds. I prefer bales with strings on the ground for less water run-off. Others prefer strings off the ground.
In the spring water all the bales for two days before starting the prepping with fertilizer so they are moist. Bales will handle up to 5 gallons easily but if it rains in between you don’t need as much water. After adding fertilizer if the bales do not heat up as much as you want just add more water.
You need a nitrogen fertilizer in the spring to help the bales heat up and begin breaking down. You can’t plant in them until they are cool and workable. They get soft after heating up and breaking down. I prefer Blood Meal (Espoma is good) but the original formula recommended Ammonium Nitrate or Urea (not organic). I have used Urea. You will need less nitrogen fertilizer for the hay bales. Formula below is for straw. Buy a long meat thermometer to check the temps as they heat up.
Use the fertilizing regime below to start bales in the Spring. If you start your bales in the Fall skip to day 10 in the Spring. Add the fertilizer before planting unless bales didn’t break down well naturally over the winter. Then start at day 7 with Nitrogen fertilizer but don’t expect the bales to heat up. Once they are prepped (soft and workable) you will be able to separate the straw with a spatula or your hand to plant in them. Be sure to add Potting mix, NEVER soil from your garden!
Day 1: Add 1 cup of Blood Meal or ½ cup Urea plus 5 gallons of water. Water slowly so the Blood Meal
doesn’t all run off.
Days 2 and 3: Add up to 5 gallons of Water each day as needed.
Day 4: Add 1 cup of Blood Meal or ½ cup Urea, plus water as needed.
Day 5: Add just Water as needed
Day 6: Use thermometer to check temperatures; record them. Temps can go to 140+º but usually low 100’s.
Add 1/2 cup Blood Meal or ½ cup Urea and Water as needed.
Day 7: Check temps. Add Water as needed.
Day 8: Check temps. Add 1/2 cup Blood Meal or ½ cup Urea plus Water as needed.
Day 9: Check Temps Add Water as needed.
Day 10: Check Temps Add 1 Cup Organic granular fertilizer like Espoma for Vegetables and Flowers (I also add rock phosphate, bone meal, and gypsum) and Water them in.
If the bales never heat up over 100º you may need to add more water or fertilizer. If the bales were not really new and had been sitting outdoors most of the winter they may never heat up as they already perked throughout the winter. From Day 11 on you might be able to plant in the bales but watch that they have cooled down sufficiently inside or you will burn the roots of the seedlings. You may have to wait several days. The internal temp should be 85º or lower to be safe. When planting, separate the straw with the spatula or your hand, then add potting soil or coir (I mix in worm castings as well) and the seedling or seeds. With seeds sprinkle potting soil on top or shallowly so the seeds are covered. Keep watering - DO NOT LET THE BALES DRY OUT!!
About every two weeks I foliar feed tomatoes, peppers and eggplants with Fish Fertilizer (like Neptune’s Harvest) and Kelp. I add Epsom salts (1 tbs. per gallon of water at transplant, flowering and fruit set). Then watch ‘em grow!
Put wire caging around the bales. For tomatoes you need at least 5 - 6 ft. high wire fencing so you can attach the tomato plants to it. The bales will continue to break down throughout the summer and not offer the support you need. Tomatoes can grow tall and get heavy. I put a 2-3 ft high fence around the rest of the bales, especially for squash and melons as they get really huge and can fall down the sides. The fencing really helps keep the bales together as they sink. In the fall you can gather up the used bales, pile the straw high to make a regular height bale (the worms go crazy in these!) and replant in the spring. Two old bales usually make 1 new one. Some people suggest planting potatoes in the old straw. That works well. Experiment!! This is not an exact science. Each bale will do its own thing temperature and growth-wise. Keep notes on what you do so you can report to others what works and what doesn’t!! Have FUN!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
2011 Tomatoes Started## Dr. Carolyn Recommendations or Favorites I=Indeterminate PL=Potato Leaf E=Early M=Middle L=Late N= New for me
Ace 55 (N) Globe Red I M 12-14 oz less acidic Best for slicing
Amazon Chocolate Beef VL Brown I E PL Russian
Ananas Noire Globe VL Bi I M gr w red strks Mixed interior color Delicious AKA Black Pineapple
Anna Maria’s Heart ## (N) Oxheart Pink I M 83 days 6-16 oz. ’10 Russuan
Anna Russian (N) Oxh VL RPink I M Russian
Aunt Gertie’s Gold ##(N) Beef VL Gold I L Delicious; prolific Melon taste Carolyn Rec PL 1-2lb
Aunt Ruby’s Yellow (N) Cherry Yellow I M 3/4 inch rare
Azoychka Beef M Yellow I E 60 days; 5-8 oz; Tart
Berkeley Tie Dye (N) Beef/Mix Bi I 78-85 8-14 oz rd, gld, & grn strpes, grn flesh/pnk/y blush; trt
Berkeley Tie Dye Heart (N) Oxheart Bi I 86 Red w gr stripes 6-8 oz wispy, droopy leaves; very meaty
Berkeley Tie Dye Pink (N) Beef/obl bl pu gr I E-M 8-14 oz.port-wneflsh, dk skin/som grn strping, cmpct
Black and Red Boar (N) round Bi strped I M green with red striping; choco - maroon flesh 3-5 oz 5-7 ft.
Black Cherry ## Cherry Black I EM
Black From Tula (N) Beef L Red Br I M Look for PL (3-4’ LOW ACID
Black Sea Man Globe M Red Br D E-M 6-8 oz. RL or PL pinkish gray/gr shading lush color
Brad’s Black Heart ## (N) Oxheart pink black I M Early for heart; wispy foliage; 8-16 oz. (From Bl Krim patch)
Brandywine Sudduth Beef VL Dp Pink I L PL Outstanding flavor 1-2 lb 85 -95 days
Chapman ## Beef Red I L 1-2lbs. RL poss PL furry foliage?
Cowlick’s Brandywine (N) Beef Obl Pink I M PL Better than Sudduth’s 10-16oz less juicy than Brandywine
Crnkovic Yugoslavian ## (N) Beef L Pink deep I L 1-2 lbs.almost never crcks; rch, smwht sweet
Dagma’s Perfection Bi(stripe) Pale Y I M Yellow Red Stripes 3”
Earl’s Faux (N) Beef M Pink dark I 80 PL 80 days 10-18 oz.
Ernie’s Plump Dbl Pear Red I 65-70
Galina’s Yellow Cherry Cherry Gold I M PL 59 days 2009 1” Siberia Truss 8
Gary Ibsen’s Gold (N) Globe L O-Gold I M 14oz
German Johnson Beef VL R-Pink I M PL Up to 1 LB.
Grappoli d’Inverno (N) Cherry Red I M AKA Pomodori a Grappioli (below) Super sweet drying
Green Doctors Frosted ## (N) Cherry green I M very sweet melon Clear skin
Green Zebra ** 2” Round yg w dg D M Yellow gold with dark green stripes; lem-lime flavor 3-6oz.
Hugh’s Yellow (N) Beef VL Y Pale I ML Sparse fol.;Sweet 1-2lbs Needs good soil
Indian Stripe ## oblate RoseP I L SP Like Cherokee Purple but smaller 6-12 oz.
Isis Candy (N) Cherry yellow; rd tinge I M 1” & 1 oz Gold flesh “cat’s eye star” of yellow on one end sweet
J.D’s Special C-Tex (N) Oblate bf Purp/bl I M 12-20 oz
Jaune Flamme (N) Round O deep I M Apricot sz DRYING Sauce Clusters of 6-8 2-6 oz.
KBX ## Oblate bf Yellow O I M Potato Leaf of Kellogg’s Breakfast
Kellogg’s Breakfast Beef ML O dusty I ML to 20 oz. Meaty; saucey
Kosovo 750 ## Oxheart L Dbl Pink dp I M Dbl 1-2 lbs. Paste, sauces
Linnie’s Oxheart ## (N) Oxheart Red I L Sent by C. Male to V 85 days 14-20 oz
Lucky Cross ## fav bi (N) Oblate L Bi I L PL 16-20 oz.
Momotaro Hybrid! round Pink dk I 70 6-7oz crack res.
Neves Azoreum ## Beef VL Red dp I L Dis. Res. 1-3lbs
Opalka ## paste Red I L Good for drying and paste
Principe Borghese plum Red D M 78 days 1-2 oz Great for drying
Prudens Purple (N) Beef L Purp Pnk I M PL 75 day 1 lb Rivals Brandywine
Reif Italian Heart (N) Heart Red I M 9.5 oz - 1 lb wispy reg foliage
Rose (N) Beefsteak Pink I M Amish Heirloom rivals Brandywine
Royal Hillbilly Oblate Bf purpllsh pk SD 85 Coral pk; 12-16 oz.
Sandul Moldovan ## (N) L globe Deep Pink I M High sugar content slightly ribbed
Sophie’s Choice ## (N) Globe O Red D VE 6-12oz 18-24”tall Good for cooler climates
Sun Sugar Cherry O I E
Wes ## (N) Oxh L Red I M Really tasty 12-16oz. ‘08
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Seeds received in 2010 Tomato ExchangeC = Commercial VL = Very large ## = Dr. Carolyn Recommendation PL = Potato Leaf I= Indeterminate D = Determinate
Abraham Lincoln C Round Red I 90 days Totally Tom (1lisac)
Anna Russian ## Oxheart VL RPink I 69-80 days Russian 1 lb Hazzard’s Seeds (NisiNJ)
Beefsteak Tomato Beefsteak Red I L AKA Red Ponderosa or Crimson Cushion) Orig heirloom
Berkeley Tie Dye C Beef/Mix Bi I 78-85 8-14 oz red, gold, & green stripes, green flesh/pink/yellow blush; trt Wild Boar Farm
Brad’s Black Heart ## C Oxheart pk black I M Early for heart; wispy foliage; 8-16 oz. (From Bl Krim patch)
Brandywine Beef VL reddish Pink I M PL 12-32 oz
Cherokee Chocolate Beef M brown O I M brick orange/brown/black exc flavor like Purple 8-12oz
Coyote Cherry white I M dime size from Mex. very sweet
Crnkovic Yugoslavian Beef L Pink dp I Late 1-2 lbs.almost never crcks; rch, smwht sweet
Dr. Wyche’s Yellow C Beef L Gold I M (80) 1 lb. Hazzard’s Seeds (NisiNJ)
Earl’s Faux Beef Pink I M (80) PL 10-18 oz. (sandysgardens)
Giant Oxheart C Oxheart Rse Pnk I 85 almost seedless 2 lb. 4-5”
Green Doctors Frosted ## Cherry green I M very sweet melon taste 2010 Clear skin
Homestead Round Red D L NK 2000 81 days 7-8 oz American Harvest 2009 as well
Hugh’s Yellow Beef VL Pale Y I ML Sparse fol.;Sweet SA 2009 SE 2010 Needs good soil
Isis Candy Cherry y red tinge I E 1” Gold flesh “cat’s eye star” of yellow on one end sweet
J.D’s Special C-Tex oblate Purp/bl I L 12-20 oz Knapps Fresh Vegies 2010
Jaune Flamme Round O deep I M Apricot size DRYING Sauce
Linnie’s Oxheart ## Oxheart Red I L Sent by C. Male to V 2010 (walkinggin)
Mr. Stripey Beef Bi I L 2010 (20) 80 days Golden Y w/ Reddish pink stripes; hi sugar
Opalka ## Paste red I L Good for drying
Principe Borghese plum shape Red D M 78 days 1-2 oz Great for drying
Prudens Purple C Beef L Purp Pnk I M PL For 2011 Ferry-Morse 75 day 1 lb Rivals Brandywine
Purple Calabash Pumpkin shape Burgundy Pur I 75-85 2010 Med with Merlot wine flavor Aztec variety 3” ribbed
Riesentraube Cherry Red I 78 2010 (Patti1957) bunches of 20-35
Russian Bogatyr ## Beef M Red I L Beef to elong. globes 6-18 oz Watch for hybd (SLO-Garden)
Sandul Moldovan Beef L globe Dp Pink I M High sugar content slightly ribbed 2010
Spoon Currant Cherry Red I M 70-90 days Pea size tall, huge production DO NOT COMPOST
Spudakee Purple Globe Pink dusky I L PL Cherokee Purple) 8-16oz. 2010
Striped Cavern Blocky Bi I M Hollow Red w O Stripes 2 1/2 “ (Julianna Griffin)
Sunray Round Yellow Orange I M AKA Golden Sunray 8-10 oz (Ben Quisenbery orig)
Tsar-Kolokol ## Heart pink red I M 1 lb +
Wes ## Oxheart L Red I L Really tasty 12-16oz. ‘08
Yellow Pear (C) Pear lemon Yellow I M 2010 From Kerry BossMare NY 6A Organic 70 days
Zogola ## Beef VL Red I L 1 lb. 4” Prolific Slicing, ribbed (Slo-garden)
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tomatoes I planted in 2010 with comments on resultsBest tomato growing summer I have ever had! In the beginning of the summer chipmunks destroyed about 12 new seedling varieties. Once they were gone most tomatoes did exceptionally well using Aggrand products and Neptune's Harvest every couple of weeks in the straw bales.
C = Commercial SE or PSE = Seed exchange or Private Exchange SA = Saved Seed
WGA = Will Grow Again
Amazon Chocolate (C) - smaller and not as prolific as expected but superb flavor. WGA
Ananas Noire (Black Pineapple)(#SE) - Late start due to being chewed off Beautiful tomato. Great flavor. WGA
Aunt Ginny’s purple (#SA) - Plant suffered from too much heat in straw bales; Very small; Should be large. WGA
Aunt Ruby’s German Green #SE - Absolutely superb flavor. Not prolific but WGA!
Azoychka #SA (CC) - Early, prolific, delicious yellow Kept producing all summer. WGA
Black Cherry (#SA) CC - Great flavor, very prolific. WGA
Black Sea Man (Pvt SE) - One of my favorite new ones. Great flavor! WGA
Brown Berry (10) (SE) - Set and ripened much later than Black Cherry. OK flavor. Will probably not plant again for awhile. Very prolific.
Chapman (C) ## - My favorite new red slicing tomato. Juicy and robust flavor! WGA
Cherry Sweetie SE - Had a relative grow this. Sweet like Matt's Wild Cherry and very prolific. WGA
Costoluto Genovese ’09 C - Very slow growing and maturing due to initial problems. Can't really evaluate flavor this year. WGA
Cuore di Bui ## (#Pvt SE) - Outstanding red heart. WGA
Dagma’s Perfection (SE) - Probably the best tasting yellow one I grew. WGA 5 seeds left
Danko ## (#Pvt SE) - Slow to germinate and grow. Never really tasted. WGA to see how it does! Need new seeds.
Dr. Carolyn - Plant given to me; was root bound and leggy. Low production but nice flavor. Might plant again if had seeds. Didn't save any.
Dr. Carolyn Pink - Plant given to me; was root bound and leggy. Low production and great variation in size so didn't save seed since not sure of origin. Flavor good.
Earl of Edgecombe (C) - Nice orange tomato of average size. Good flavor. WGA
Ernie’s Plump (C) - Awesome double plum tomato. Large and terrific for sauce. WGA
Galina (#Pvt SE) - Fabulous flavor and extremely prolific. A favorite of all who tried it! WGA Many seeds available.
German Johnson #SA - Very prolific, large pink tomatoes. Delicious. Produced all summer. WGA Many seeds.
German Red Strawberry #SA - Usually a great tomato for me but plant was weak this year. WGA Many seeds.
Gigantesque (Rssn) (C) - Huge tasty red tomatoes. WGA
Green Zebra (SE) - Another new favorite of all who tasted it!! Zingy, citrussy and tart! Prolific! WGA
Hillbilly Regular Leaf (SE) - A delicious bi-color tomato with irregular shape. WGA
Indian Stripe (Pvt SE) - Similar to Cherokee Purple but taste wasn't as strong. Third to Amazon Chocolate and Black Sea Man. Might try again as so many people recommend it.
Jubilee #SA - Solid Later producing Orange with little cracking. Medium sized. Dependable. WGA
Kellogg’s Breakfast (SE) - Favorite Orange this summer. Really huge tomatoes - Delicious! WGA
Kosovo ## (SE) - Largest of the Oxhearts with great flavor! WGA
Limmony (Lemony) (C) - Great producer with good flavor but will try other yellows next year.
Marz Round Green - Only got a few good tasting from the plant since it had been eaten off. WGA
Matt’s Wild Cherry (#SA)(CC) - Always very sweet and prolific. Small currant sized tomatoes.
Momotaro (#SA) My own seed since I didn't realize it was a hybrid. Result was a sweet yet robust tomato flavor with no cracking. Should have saved seeds! Will order true hybrid ones to compare.
Neves Azoreum (C) - Suffered early set back so is just ripening. Never really got enough to judge. WGA
Pantano Romanesco (#Pvt SE) - Similar to Costoluto Genovese. Good flavor for sauce. WGA
Perestroika Siberian (#Pvt SE) - Small red tomatoes. Prolific but not exceptional.
Rose de Berne (C) - 2" reddish pink. Not as large as expected. Flavor was average. Very prolific.
Royal Hillbilly (Pvt SE) - Early producer of tasty red tomatoes. WGA
Russian Persimmon (#SA)& C Nice Orange tomatoes with excellent flavor. WGA
Sainte Colombe (#Pvt SE) - Very large juicy tomatoes with absolutely NO flavor! Bizarre!
San Marzano Redorta #SA - Not as large as expected. Good for sauce.
Sun Sugar hybrid - Sweet as always. A standard in my garden.
Wapsipinicon Peach (10)SE - Novelty - Interesting fuzzy skins. Flavor OK but not exceptional for me although some friends said it tasted sweet to them. So prolific it became a nuisance as we couldn't eat nor harvest them all.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tomato Seeds I have for 2010Ace 55 (SE) 15 seeds SE
Amish Paste #C
Ananas Noire (Black Pineapple)(#SE)
Anna Maria’s Heart ## (PvtSE)
Aunt Gertie’s Gold (SE)##
Aunt Ginny’s purple (#SA)
Aunt Ruby’s German Green #SE
Aunt Ruby’s Yellow Cherry (C)
Azoychka #SA (CC)
Big Boy Hybrid #C
Big Red Champion (Hyb) C
Black Brandywine (#SA)
Black Cherry (#SA) CC
Black Ethiopian (#SE)
Black Krim (#C)’09
Black Russian? Not sure
Black Sea Man (Pvt SE)
Brandy Boy F5 (SE) Hybrid?
Brandywine Sudduth (#SE)
Brown Berry (10) (SE)
Bush Beefsteak (SE)
Carmello C CC
Caro Rich C
Celebrity (Hybrid) C
Chapman (C) ##
Cherry Sweetie SE
Costoluto Genovese ’09 C
Cuore di Bui ## (#Pvt SE)
Dagma’s Perfection (SE)
Danko ## (#Pvt SE)
Delicious (#Pvt SE)
Earl of Edgecombe (C)
Early SSusabakus Aliana (SE)
Ernie’s Plump (C)
Galina (#Pvt SE)
Gary Ibsen’s Gold (C)
Gary O’Sena #SA
German Johnson #SA
German Red Strawberry #SA
Gigantesque (Rssn) (C) (CC)
Green Zebra (SE)
Heinz 1439 (SE)
Hillbilly Potato Leaf (W)
Hillbilly Regular ? Leaf (SE)
Hugh’s Yellow (#SA)
Indian Stripe (Pvt SE)
Keepsake (Hybrid) (C)
Kellogg’s Breakfast (SE)
Kosovo ## (SE)
Limmony (Lemony) (C)
Lisa King (#Pvt SE)
Mama Leone ## (#Pvt SE)
Marz Round Green
Matt’s Wild Cherry (#SA)(CC)
Neves Azoreum (C)
Orange Strawberry (#PvtSE**)
Pantano Romanesco (#Pvt SE)
Perestroika (#Pvt SE)
Persimmon (#C) ‘09
Plum Lemon (C) (CC)
Purple Haze (#SA) (hybrid)
Rose de Berne (C)
Royal Hillbilly (Pvt SE)
Russian Persimmon (#SA)& C
Rutgers Improved (C)
Saint Pierre (#Pvt SE)
Sainte Colombe (#Pvt SE)
San Marzano Redorta #SA
Sophie’s Choice (C) (CC)
Speckled Roman (Mys) #SA
Sub-Arctic Plenty (C) CC
Sun Sugar #SA hybrid
Sunmaster (Hybrid) (C)
Super Marmande (SE)
Tiny Tim SE
Wapsipinicon Peach (10)SE
Wisconsin 55 (C)
Sunday, August 16, 2009
List of Tomato Seed and Plant SourcesCaroline's list would be, roughly in order:
Tomato Growers Supply ( only source on my list that sells both hybrids and OP
Sandhill Preservation ( over 400 varieties offered; no seed sold over 2 yo which no other place can claim
mariseeds ( Marianne Jones)
Public SSE catalog/website at seedsavers.org
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (higher # of seeds but $ OK)
Heirloom Seeds in PA
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Tomatoes I planted in 2009Very bad year due to Late Blight. All plants were purchased from 3 venders because I was away until the middle of May and couldn't start my own. Probably would have done better with my own!
Tomato Name Type Color Ind; Det Early, Mid, Late Info
Abraham Lincoln Red DIED
Amish Paste Oxh M Red I L Sauces, (DIED)
Ananas Noire (Black Pineapple) Globe VL Bi I L Flesh gr w red streaks Flattened (DIED)
Anna Russian Oxh VL RPink I M (DIED)
Aunt Ginny’s Purple Beef Pink dp I L Better than Brandywine? Excellent
Aunt Ruby’s German Green Beef Grn I L Got Late Blight, didn't taste
Azoychka Beef M Y I E Got a couple; excellent
Big Zac Beef L Red I L Got only one, then Blight
Black Brandywine (PL) Beef VL Red Br I L Pot. Leaf
Black Cherry Cherry Black I E Terrific producer
Black From Tula Beef L Red Br I M Never grew or produced
Black Sea Man Globe M Red Br D M Redbrown Didn't produce
Brandywine Red Amish heritage
Brandywine Sudduth Strain Beef VL Pink I L 1-2lb overfertilize with compost/manure Got Late Blight
Carbon Never produced
Caspian Pink Beef VL Pink I M Never grew or produced
Chuck’s Yellow Beefsteak Beef YI I L Didn't produce
Dona Globe FL Red I Only one or two, blight
Dr. Carolyn Pink Cherry Pink Produced too late
Earl of Edgecombe O Produced too late, then blight
Early Giant Produced too late
Earl’s Faux Produced one or two then blight
Ernie’s Plump DIED
Estler’s Mortage Lifter oblate pink I L 85 days reg leaf 1 lb + Hardly produced
Gary O’Sena Cross of Cherokee Purple & Brandywine PL
German Johnson Beef VL Pink I M Excellent production then blight
German Red Strawbery Oxh L Red I L Best producer
Gregory’s Altei Beef L PRed I E Little production
Hawaiian Pineapple Started producing, then blight
Hugh’s Yellow Beef VL Y Pale I L A few, then blight
J.D’s Special C-Tex Never really grew and produced
Juanne Flamme O deep I Size of Apricot Drying
Jubilee One or two then blight
KBX (Potato Leaf) Never really produced
Kellogg’s Breakfast (RL) YO Never really produced, then blight
Kosovo (willowy growth) Oxh L Pink M Dp pk Paste, sauces hrt,dbl hrt, flat one vine Produced two then blight
Lucky Cross Bi (GR) E (Gold-Red) One or two, blight
Lynnwood salad red I M Va heirloom 2” Didn't grow
Lyuda’s Mom’s Red Ukraine Didn't grow
Marvel Stripe (DIED)
Matt’s Wild Cherry Cherry Red
Momotaro Good producti0n, then blight
Mule Team Globe rd red I Poor production then blight
Noire de Crimee Sweet Black taste Similar to Black Krim Died
Orange Strawberry Oxh M O I L Little production
Persimmon Globe L O I M Meaty; few seeds Some then blight
Ponderosa One tomato then blight
Purple Haze Cherry X of Black Cherry, Brandy, Cher. Purple Some then blight
Russian Persimmon Some production then blight
San Marzano Redorta Pear/Pl L Red I M Sauces A few then blight
Sugar Cherry Cherry ORed I M Good production
Sun Sugar Cherry O I E Better than SunGold Good production
Wolford’s Wonder OxHeart PRed I DIED!!!!!
Yoders German Yellow Hardly grew