Last Call

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As Spring has transitioned to Summer, I am wrapping up sales of tomato starts. I delivered 300 plants, in gallon containers, to local stores, and almost all of these have sold. Another 120 went into my garden. A couple dozen more are being moved into 5 gallon containers, for growth in the greenhouse. The root balls of the remainder will be composted to create potting soil for next year.

Nothing exceeds like excess

Today I will begin planting seeds indoors for tomato plant starts.  This year I plan to plant the following varieties.  Are there any varieties I should add to the list? WP_000108

  • Abe Lincoln
  • Alaska
  • Alicante
  • Amish Paste
  • Ananas Noir
  • Anna Russian
  • Argentina
  • Aunt Ginny’s Purple
  • Aunt Lucy’s Italian Paste
  • Austin’s Red Pear
  • Azoychka
  • Beam’s Yellow Pear
  • Besser
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Krim
  • Black Pear
  • Black Plum
  • Black Prince
  • Bloody Butcher
  • Bonnie Best
  • Boxcar Willy
  • Brad’ Black Heart
  • Brandywine (Landis Valley)
  • Brederbadl roti
  • Buckbee’s New 50 Day
  • Burraker’s Best
  • Bush BeefsteK
  • Camp Joy
  • Carmello
  • Caspian pink
  • Cherokee Green
  • Chianti Rose
  • Costoluto Genovese
  • Coyote
  • Cream Sausage
  • Cskos Botermo
  • Cuostralee
  • Dagma’s Perfection
  • Debarao
  • Delicious
  • Earl of Edgecomb
  • Early Wonder
  • Eva Purple Ball
  • Fireworks
  • First Pick
  • Flamme
  • Forme de Cour
  • Fred Limbaugh
  • Galina grande
  • Gigantesque
  • Gill’s All Purpose
  • Grandpa’s Minnesota
  • Green Zebra
  • Hezhou
  • Holland
  • Ilse’s Yellow Latvian
  • Impulse
  • Indische Fleiche
  • Ispolin
  • Italian Tree
  • Kellog?s Breakfast
  • Kimberly
  • Koralik
  • Lahman pink
  • Long Keeper
  • Manitoba
  • Manyel
  • Marglobe
  • Marianna’s Peace
  • Marmande
  • Martino?s Roma
  • Mexico
  • Mom’s Paste
  • Money Maker
  • Mr. Brown
  • Mrs. Maxwell Big Italian
  • Mule Team
  • Napoli
  • Neve’s Azorean  Red
  • New Hampshire Surecrop
  • Nyagous
  • Old Brooks
  • Old German
  • Olga’s Round Yellow Chicken
  • Panatero Romanesco
  • Paul Robeson
  • Pink Ponderosa
  • Porter
  • Prescott
  • Purple Russian
  • Quedlinburger Fruehe Liebe
  • Red Pear
  • Red Siberian
  • Riviera
  • Russian Big Roma
  • Rutgers
  • Saint Lucie
  • Saint Pierre
  • Salisaw caf‚
  • San Marzano
  • Sasha Altai
  • Sausage
  • Sebastopol
  • Sister
  • Slava
  • Stupice
  • Sunsets Red Horizon
  • Tiffen Mennonite
  • Tigerella
  • Tondino di Manduria
  • Wapsicon Peach
  • Watermelon beefsteak
  • Wisconsin 55
  • Yellow Pear
  • Zarnitza

Early tomatoes

My tomato plants look magnificent, but with our continued cool and cloudy weather they are being slow to set fruit. Nevertheless, we have started harvesting our first ripe tomatoes.  The winners for first ripe fruit this year are Flamme and Bloody Butcher.  Of the 60 plus varieties I am growing this year, there are a few that I am likely to strike off the list for next year.  At the top of the list is Argentina.  I am growing 4 plants of this variety, 3 in the garden and one in the green house.  All of the plants have the curious feature of having mostly brown and drying leaves on the lower half of the plant.

Monsoon

We have had 48 hours of continuous rain, over 6 inches total.  The veg garden is a mire, hardly conducive to doing any Spring prep work.  Spring beckons, nevertheless, so today I seeded a 50-cell flat with celery, spinach and coriander. It will sit indoors on a warming mat for a few days, until the first sprouts appear, after which it will move to the greenhouse.

Looking ahead to tomato season, I ordered 150 recycled 1 gallon plastic pots from Nursery Pot Liquidators on eBay.  Their price is terrific and from my experience with them last year, I expect the quality to be good.