Friday, August 28, 2009

It's On!

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The first 34 tomatoes are in the ground.....with 34 to go. If looking at my garden map from my previous post, I planted 17 tomato plants each in boxes #14 & #6. Here's my varieties for this years fall garden:

1. Red Brandywine (Totally Tomatoes) - The classic.
2. Cuostralee (Johnny's) - Red, French heirloom........first time for me.
3. Red Pear (Johnny's) - Pear shaped, red with green shoulders, look cool....again, 1st time.
4. Bolseno (Johnny's) - Red with green shoulders.....hybrid, first time.
5. Rose (Johnny's) - Deep pink, heirloom........first time in my garden.
6. Black Krim (Totally T.) - Black, a constant in my garden......my wife's favorite.
7. Black (Totally T.) - Obviously........black! 2nd time in the garden.
8. Big Beef (Johnny's) - Red, large, hybrid......1st time.
9. Japanese Black (Johnny's) - Burgundy/green shoulders, pear shaped....very cool, 1st time.
10. Cherokee Purple (Totally T.) - Brown? Black? Purple? Always in the garden!
11. Sweet Olive (Johnny's) - Red cherry.......1st time.
12. San Marzano (Johnny's) - Red cherry/plum/grape. Hybrid......1st time.
13. Yellow Brandywine (RH Shumway's) - Yellow.........2nd time in the garden.
14. Chocolate Cherry (Totally T.) - Black cherry tomato. Wife loves them......2nd time.
15. Black Sea Man (Totally T.) - Black determinate. Always in the garden.
16. Velvet Red (Totally T.) - Red fuzzy cherry. Another wife favorite......2nd time.
17. Aunt Ruby's German Green (Totally) - Green.....almost can't tell when ripe! lol. 2nd time.
18. Dixie Golden Giant (Totally T.) - Yellow, big........2nd time.
19. Tomatillo (Ferry-Morse) - Does this count?

Wow, did I really plant that many varieties? I might've got carried away! I love trying different kinds.....although yellow tomatoes aren't my favorite. I like them in some recipes to add color, but they generally don't have the flavor as the others. You probably noticed we like the black tomatoes.......yes, they're our favorites (especially my wife!) Funny.......2 years ago we didn't even know black tomatoes existed!

I planted between 4-6 seeds of each variety, and I won't know exactly how many of each kind will make it into the garden for a couple of weeks.........You never know if the dog will eat a couple as they harden off, or if I won't drop a hammer on one or two, maybe a cut worm will take a liking to a couple of them. So I plant about 85 plants to get 68 (17 X 4 beds) growing in the garden. Hopefully I won't need all the extras and I can give some away.


Oh yeah, as a side note......I also planted some beans & peas:
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59 comments:

  1. Goodness 68 tomato plants. How many pounds of tomatoes do you get every year? What do you do with them all? I only had 12 and late blight was rampant and I still couldn't keep up with them.

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  2. Wow! Looks good. This will be a good weekend too - the yucky rainy weather should make it easier for the babies. I'm starting a new bed next weekend!

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  3. Hey Daphne - Well, my wife is a vegetarian (of course I love T-bones!) and she eats tomatoes like we eat meat. She eats tomato sandwiches daily, tomato sauce, marinara sauce, tons of salsa, etc. But I'm hopeful that I'll grow more than she can eat this time and can some salsa's & sauces.

    I saw you and Dan over at suburban where keeping track of the weight of your harvests. I want to do that as well....but I haven't been disciplined enough. I'm going to try hard this fall season and I'll let you know how many pounds I get.

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  4. Dennis,
    Sounds like you've got it all figured out and under control. You have increased the probability of a good crop by planting so many plants. It's nice you have the room to do that.
    Meems

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  5. That is a lot of tomatoes, I am guessing you will be doing some preserving in a month and a bit. Funny thing is you are on your second crop of tom's and I am still waiting on my first crop to turn color! I had the first velvet red tomatoes with dinner tonight. They were excellent, nice true tomato taste with a little zing.

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  6. WG- You're right about the weather. Makes it much easier!

    Meems- I thought that last season & the cut worms out chewed my extras!

    Dan- 2 seasons....one of the few things I like about FL. I guess the Velvet Reds grow in Canada too! lol.

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  7. Hey Dennis, haven't been over here in a while. I think I may have lost your blog address when started a new one. I just caught up with your blog back to July....very nice. We are beginning our fall garden this weekend>>>

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  8. What a cool blog! I've spent the last hour or so reading through it. I'm in AZ so our growing seasons are pretty similar. I've got my fall tomatoes going now. The first set I started a little too early and all but 6 of them died because of the extreme heat we have here. I'm just hoping it wasn't too late to start over with the second batch.

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  9. Hey Darla! So I guess I'll have the same problem someday with my blog? You can only have a certain amount of info on a blog then you have to pay?

    Hannah- I was thinking I was starting a little early myself.....but last year we had a near freeze the last week of Oct. so I 've got to put 'em in!

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