August 17, 2012
Riesentraube tomato there are about 90 of these little 1 ounce tomatoes, all from the same plant. Riesentraube means “bunch of grapes”. Seed from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Indigo Rose tomatoes are the row at the top of the basket. Just over a dozen to these saladette tomatoes are all picked off the same plant. Seed from Nichols Garden Nursery
Outside the basket are a 3 small pink Brandywines. After a long, hot summer, these heirloom Brandywine tomatoes are much smaller than the usual tomatoes. Tomato seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
3 Italian roma tomatoes are Pompeii. Bigger than most plum tomatoes, these are meaty and rich-flavored. Great for sauce or dried. The seeds are from Renee’s Garden.
Today is really all about the tomato. The Riesentraubes are in the dehydrator now. By tomorrow evening they will be “Sun dried” tomatoes. The majority of tomatoes sold as “sun dried” are dried in a deydrator. It’s faster, safer, cleaner.
July 13, 2012
tomatoes, cucumber, squash, hot peppers.
This horrible heat has caused the tomatoes to stop blooming. Tomatoes are suffering, even though I am watering the tomato plants. It is just too hot to bloom or produce fruit. Even when we get a temperature drop, it will take 5 week to produce a tomato. It takes about 3 weeks for the tomato to grow and then 2 more weeks for the big ones to ripen.
Today I harvested the ingredients, along with the home grown onions and garlic, for ratatouille.
I have loads of tomato information on Pinterest Tomato Everything
On Hubpages Read My Hubpages about saving seed and tomatoes.
Hubs like this one: What causes tomatoes to crack?
Top Tomato Tips: When Size Matters
Why hot tomatoes stop growing
Sungold tomato. photo: PBH
This tangerine colored cherry tomato is little and the sweetest tomato I’ve ever eatin. This is the only tomato that I will for sure have in the garden next year.
July 19, 2012
chard, mint, tomatoes
chard, mint, tomatoes
Todays harvest included lots of small tomatoes, some mixed varietys of chard, and a hand full of mint that will go in tabouli and iced tea.
This is how I keep the mint under control: every day I make sun tea. I snip a
Mojito mint planted in terracotta drain tile
bit of mint off one of the four varieties each day. So, once or twice a week each mint (or the lemon balm) gets a bit of a trim. And I get fresh mint for cooking or for my sun tea.
The tomatoes are mostly Riesentraube Cherry Tomatoes, an old Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom tomato meaning “giant bunches of grapes.” They are larger than most cherry tomatoes. and the distinctive thing about them is the little pointy nipple on the end of every tomato.
tlnb – the little neighbor boy- came by today and told us we would miss him this week because he was going on vacation. I suspect he is right. We do miss our frequent garden guest when he doesn’t come around.
He’s just as cute a Dennis the menace and asks dozens of questions at every visit. Lately he can also answer some of the questions.
“Why do you garden so much?” he asked.
“I know. You like to know where your food comes from and gardening reminds you of your mother and your grandmother,” he answered.