It is beyond time for me to update my garden notes here. So I’ll start with everyone’s favorite veggie to grow, tomatoes.
First my excuses – in February it REALLY looked like we were going to have a horrid drought year so I didn’t start my seed as I normally do planning to just skip growing vegetables. Then, we had enough rain in March and April that I changed my mind but started everything MUCH later than normal. So, this year everything is a tad behind.
Peach Wapsipinicon heirloom tomato is something I’ve been growing for more than a few years now. It has slightly fuzzy skin – just fuzzy enough to be different but not so much as to be gross or weird. Slightly sweet, it’s a mid-size yellow that I enjoy.
An experiment this year is Indigo Rose Tomato. Haven’t yet had the opportunity to try it as you’re not supposed to harvest them if there’s any green at all on them. They turn the deep purple first, but until the little bit of the green on the bottom turns pink leave them on the vine. Indigo Rose is one of the blue tomatoes bred to produce high levels of antioxidants. So far, it looks extremely prolific. “Indigo Rose” was bred at Oregon State University. I’ll mention this as some may jump to conclusions about breeding “The new tomato is released as an open pollinated variety, and as such, seed saved from self-pollinated plants will grow true and not produce hybrids. It’s also important to know that genetic engineering techniques are never used to develop these lines”.
Heirloom Chocolate Cherry is the big one is the above picture, if I’d left them on the vine another day it would have gotten a tad darker it’s considered a purple tomato and sweet. I love that it’s large – so easy to harvest. I don’t care how sweet they are, I just can’t go for the tiny cherries as they are such a pain to collect. Chocolate Cherry is also prolific here – a bit plus for me.
Peacevine (bred to be an open pollinated Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato. Peacevine is reported to be very high in GABA, a sedating neurotransmitter, thus Peace in the name. I always loved Sweet 100 but it became harder and harder to find. I’m delighted Dr. Alan Kapular of Peace Seeds took the years it takes to stabilize and produce this open pollinated variety from the hybrid.
I have a few others, but having started late they’re just coming in. More on them soon.