A compilation of various varieties we've tried at Imhoffhaven.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Tomatoes for 2012Robyn hoed up our old tomato bed today (May 18, 2012) and added lots of composted chopped leaves to the soil. We planted 12 plants purchased from Jarman's Greenhouses, two feet apart and used wire cages to support them. We also added 'Happy Frog" amendment and extra chopped leaves to every hole and dosed each hole with a little bit of Miracle Grow 'Tomato' food (just this once). The tomato bed gets midday sun--not quite as much sun as is optimal, but it is enough to produce an adequate crop for us.
This year we planted plants grown from Burpee Heirloom Rainbow Blend mixed seed. Varieties included in the mix are:
Tomato, Rainbow Blend Heirloom Imhoffhaven Garden 2012
Colorful and tasty heirlooms.
Bonny Best (red),
Brandywine Pink (pink),
Golden Sunburst (yellow),
Black Krim (purple),
Evergreen (green), and
Djena Lee's Golden Girl (orange)
Plus 2 Big Boys
Beautiful and tasty heirloom varieties chosen for a rainbow of colors and range of flavors from mild to sweet to tangy.
I still have all my tomato seeds from Renee's Seeds in my file--hopefully next year I'll get those planted.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Tomato Harvest 2008
We were delighted to harvest about a hundred tomatoes from our garden this year, including a variety of heirlooms started from seed, and several kinds a traditional garden tomatoes given to me at the RU in May. We would have had a bigger crop if we had been able to pay more attention to the planting out cycle and timing and if we had had a better (more sunny) site for the seedlings to grow, and next year we will fix that for sure! This past summer, though, we were distracted by family matters so we could pay enough attention to our garden.
Some of our favorites were the little cherry tomatoes, the dark colored Krims, and a very nice large juicy red tomato. Again I mixed up the labeling so we have not quite identified which ones we are eating, but we'll figure it out soon.
Most of our seeds came from Renee's Seeds. I purchased from her because I have used her seeds before and because she offered mixed heirloom seed packets so we could sample a wide variety. Now I realize there are specialized tomato seed suppliers and next year when we enlarge our garden I will try some of the sampler packets offered by them.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tomato Garden Specifics 2008
Our tomatoes went into the garden late this summer, after sitting around in pots (taking a beating in the changeable weather) for several weeks. We finally got a load of mushroom compost/soil delivered in late June to make a new (impromptu) garden spot for them and got some of the plants into the ground.
This spot was not particularly sunny and was on a north facing slope, but it was all that was available at the time, so in they went. They got about 6 hours of sun, if that, but managed to survive and didn't even get the usual dried up leaves (some kind of wilt?) and so on that our tomatoes always seem to be subjected to.
We didn't even stake them until we had the wind storm in September and then we collected small limbs to create tripods for a few of the plants. This seems to have worked out well and looks very cute by the back door, so we will be sure to save some of the sticks for next year's crop and do it right next time, too!
Here's a photo of our 'kitchen garden' out the back door. It's a mess, but we did enjoy the tomatoes, lots of basil, parsley, rhubarb, and lettuces from it. And the butterflies loved the borage, agastache, milkweeds, nasturtiums and marigolds it produced.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tomato Varieties~~ Descriptions
Monday, March 17, 2008
Tomato Seeds started under lights 3/17/08Crimson Carmello F-1 From Renee's Garden Seeds:
Bred in France especially for fresh eating. Perfect sweet to acid balance that translates to exquisite taste. Big 4 to 5 inch Carmellos on indeterminate vines. 7-14 germination. Transplant to harvest approx. 70 days.
Tricolor Cherry Tomatoes 'Garden Candy'
From Renee's Garden Seeds:
Three bite-sized varieties, early bearing. 7-14 germination. 5-7 feet height. 65 days transplant to harvest.
Renee's Garden Seed: Heirloom Tomatoes 'Rainbow's End'
Germination 7-14 days. 4 to 6 feet height. Transplant to Harvest Approx. 80 days.
Renee's Garden Seed: Heirloom Tomatoes 'Summer Feast'
Black Krim: medium size from the Russian Black Sea area
Sweet Persimmon: globe shaped fruits in beautiful glowing orange
Costoluto: a traditional Italian favorite for fresh eating
Better Boy Hybrid from Burpee's
Better Boy Hybrids: Bright red fruits up to 1 lb. are borne all season on indeterminate plants. Germiantion in 7 to 14 days.
I started all of the Renee's Seeds on March 17 in 3 inch peat pots and placed them under lights to germinate. I started the Burpee's Better Boys in February. By March 17 six of 8 had germinated and they were at least 3 inches tall and ready to transplant into bigger pots. I used Superthrive on them several times.
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