Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Growing Tomatoes

Wow! I didn't realize how much they grew, until I compared with last month's photo's.....

Gold Current

April 10th

May 10th

July 2
The foliage is not healthy on this tomato, but the fruit is delicious. This was the first tomato to ripen this summer.

Yellow Pear

April 10th

May 10th

July 2

Black Cherry, Chadwick's Cherry and Yellow Pear and Calendula Flowers in wine barrel

April 10th

May 10

July 2

I had such great success last year, experimenting with growing tomatoes in containers, I can't wait to see how prolific they are this year. I watered them at least once a day, sometimes twice, gave them a foliar feeding at 50% rate once per week, and a side dressing once per month.

May 17 - Japanese Black Truffle and Polish Pastel

I grew these two varieties last summer for the first time and loved them. They did great in my yard. Started producing very early and stopped producing very late; prolific and very delicious. I saved the seed, choosing one of the earliest and best specimens. I tagged it, and let it stay on the vine until way over-ripe. I then squeezed the tomato into a cup...........seeds, flesh, skin and all, to ferment for a few days. Then i rinsed well and dried.

July 2
Polish Pastel and Japanese Black Truffle in bed #6


At 10:40 AM, Blogger Genie said...


It looks like you and I got into this gardening business under the same pretext: getting some good tomatoes! I was interested to read about your container gardening experiences, and loved seeing your before and after photos in this entry.

Best wishes,
The Inadvertent Gardener

At 12:38 PM, Blogger zuzu said...


Thanks for all the good advice and hints regarding gardening, which I am just now getting into due to my recent retirement from the work-a-day world.

For the first time, I am growing kabocha squash from seeds that a neighbor lady gave me. The seeds were from a kabocha that she had bought from the grocery store. Is it true that the kabocha won't be the same if it isn't purchased from a commercial seed vendor? The seeds I planted are already sprouting quite well. I live in the Seattle, WA area. Thanks!


At 10:24 AM, Blogger migeri said...

We've usually succeeded growing kabocha from saved seed - the main difference in the fruit is that only about half are the preferred stripy pattern, the other half are pale green (which doesn't please my Japanese wife but the taste seems the same to me).

I suppose that, as with any crop, there could be F1 hybrids (a cross of two different varieties) in use, in which case you wouldn't expect their seeds to breed true - but it's not been a problem so far.

By the way, has anyone any suggestions on when they're ready to harvest? I usually wait until the plants die back but I suspect I'm being too cautious.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger migeri said...

(By the way, we live are garden in Oxfordshire in central/SE England.)

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