Monthly Archives: July 2009

Carbon tomato: big, juicy, rich flavor

Getting close to tomato taste test party time.

I was speechless when I discovered two of my first ready-to-pick tomatoes had been ravaged by a squirrel. It’s too painful to show you the gruesome sight of half eaten black tomatoes, so they are burried in the compost pile now.

I am on the verge of Tomato Abundance. I know it is time to pick the tomatoes because this morning a squirrel ate the very tomatoes I intended to pick today. These big black tomatoes are Carbon tomatoes.

I admit to holding off for another day because usually, the first tomato that I pick every year should have waited one more day to achieve sun ripened perfection.

As soon as I started grousing to cousin Bob about these darned tomato eating squirrels, he shot back this email:


Just my bad luck that I traded in my squirrel gun for an elephant gun this week at Bass Pro in Springfield. (
Bass Pro really does have elephant guns – I’ve seen them. But they don’t take trade-ins) Admittedly, there is a very short safari season here in the swamps of Southeast Missouri. But, I digress.

Tomato Stuffed Squirrel may even be a healthy dish. Well, for me, not the squirrel. The squirrels around here have a healthy vegetarian, organic diet. This diet keeps the squirrels fit enough to outrun me. I tried not to cuss a blue streak in the garden since the tomatoes are already blushing.

Carbon tomato won a taste test of 10 heirloom tomato varieties at Cornell Research Farm. Black/Purple tomatoes are becoming more popular for the home gardener and at the farmers market. Every year I try a different black variety. The Carbon tomato is out producing last years Cherokee Purple in quantity and size of fruit.

This is one of the heirloom tomato plants from Abundant Acres. Since they grow more than 325 heirloom plant varieties, I’ll be writing to them requesting information on squirrel resistant tomatoes.

I also bought seed from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.


Lawn and Garden Products that Work

On my blog, Oh Grow Up!, I promised to tell you about the LEHR Eco Trimmer that I won at the Spring Fling in Chicago. We have a one acre lot, which loosely translated means, hours of trim work every week spring to fall. A few of the other sponsors at SF09, included some old friends like Renee’s Garden, Garden Shoes Online and Troy Built.

That’s my sweetie in the front yard using the propane EcoTrimmer by LEHR .


Beginning with the propane powered Eco Trimmer, LEHR is committed to our customers, their neighborhoods and the environment. Everything that carries the LEHR name is designed and developed to be cleaner, greener, and more user friendly than comparable products on the market.


LEHR products truly stand by their commitment to be cleaner, greener, and more user friendly.My husband, was eager to use this trimmer as soon as we got home from the Garden Bloggers in Chicago.

With the first use, I noticed it was a lot quieter than his gasoline powered trimmer. Start up time is faster and less messy with the Twist and Go propane tank than mixing the gasoline and oil.

Since he was the actual product user, I’ll quote Jeff.

“It has more torque, it’s quieter and a canister of propane lasts longer than a tank of gasoline on my old one.”

And then, he said, “I don’t know how you want to say this, but the LEHR trimmer wasn’t smokey or smelly and it did not give me a headache, like the old one.” That was perfectly clear to me, so I’m reporting exactly what the user said.

I am a retired environmental educator, so I’m always suggesting environmentally friendly products as we replace old equipment. Jeff has to be convinced. “If it’s not broke don’t fix it,” he’s quick to say. But this time, when he tried the Eco Trimmer he changed his tune. Jeff has two working trimmers, but he always reaches for the LEHR. Sorry to be tardy in my letter of thanks for this superior product, but I wanted to see which trimmer he would reach for when he had a choice.

He chooses the LEHR Eco Trimmer, every time.

Thank you for the beauty

I love the Ozarks and I have no complaints about spending time in my hometown, Branson. My camera is filled with images of flowers, container gardens, and Ozarks landscapes.

So, it was a nice surprise this morning when some of my flowers came to me via email. Neighbor Bill sent photos of some of the blooms along with this note, ” Thank you for the beauty.”

It brought a tear of joy and surprise to my eye. So, I’m sharing a few of the photos with you.This is Summer Valentine. With pink blooms, a magenta eye and picotee edges. From All American Daylilies

This double day lily was here when I moved in. It is beautiful and best planted in masses. The blooms don’t last long or repeat and I don’t know the name. It requires little attention, but when it blooms this bright orange day lily is not to be ignored.

The hummingbirds love this petite heirloom gladiolas.Bright red trimmed in a slim edge of silver, beautiful up close or tucked in a cutting garden. A favorite of mine, there is no such thing as too many Atom glads. is my gardening secret.

I have great neighbors.

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