Welcome to NakedTomatoes

All about tomatoes, heirloom and home grown.
With a bit extra thrown in about Brugs and bread, growing and baking, and other semi-relevant thoughts. And maybe a few recipes.

Friday, June 20, 2008

If it ever stops raining...

I will get out there and bag some of the blossoms, taking some pictures to illustrate what I plan to do. But so far, it has rained every day for the last two weeks or so. The plants are loving it, and are growing at an incredible rate. It is enough to keep things lush and green, without drowning everything. The sun comes out for a couple hours everyday, just to remind us that it's there. Very English weather. Almost all the tomato plants have flower buds if not flowers, so it's looking good in the department.

I have found homes for a few more plants, but still have extras, if anyone is still looking for plants! Brandywines are all gone, but I still have some of the ones I mentioned in a previous post. And a couple of extra Black Cherry or Black Krim, or Carbon, or Palmira's Italian Heirloom. You know you wanna!! Give in to the temptation. You know who you are!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Save a Tomato Plant

Gold Medal:
large to 1 1/2lb, beefsteak tomato,
orangey-yellow, blushing with red,
superb sweet and mild flavor,
very low acid, 80 days

Omar's Lebanese:
Huge, pink beefsteak, up to 3 -4 lbs,
one of the largest tomatoes you can grow,
good disease tolerance, good yeilds,
sweet old tomato flavor,
a rare Lebanese Heirloom, 80 days

Hillbilly (RL and PL - I have both)
aka Flame
Large bi-color beefsteak, yellow/red marbled
1 -2 lbs, large yeilds,
Heirloom believed to be from West Virginia, 85 days

Okay, here's the deal:

I still have tomato plants, nice, fairly large plants, that will produce amazing tomatoes! Most are still in 4 inch pots, some are in larger than 4 inch pots. They are organic, very healthy, and promise to behave in your garden, giving you out of this world tasting tomatoes, and a rainbow of colors, as long as you treat them right! There are about 50 of these, that I cannot pitch. If they must, they will stay in these pots, producing what they will, for the rest of the summer. If you would like to adopt a few plants, with the promise that you will give me an update at the end of the summer, please contact me. The adoption fee will be waived at this point!

I can leave the plants out front for easy pick up, for anyone who wants. I also still have a few Carbon, Brandywine, and others to choose from! Please find it in your heart to give one of these lovely little plants a home!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Time for bagging blossoms

If you plan to save seeds from your OP tomato plants, and want pure seeds with little chance of crosses, it's time to watch your plants carefully. They should be setting flowers or close to it. You want to bag them before they open to prevent any pollinating insects from reaching them. Potato leaf plants are more susceptible to cross pollination than regular leaf plants, but the insects are certainly active in my yard right now. It's open season on all my plants!

The flowers on the Black Pear are already open, so it's too late to bag them. I'll have to catch the next batch of flowers.

These buds are almost ready to be bagged. This year I will try to ensure that everything I save seed from is bagged, so that everything is guaranteed pure - for myself and for trades or give aways.

Full view of one of the raised beds, with the plants in all their glory. I always find it interesting how the rate of growth can vary so much, even between the same variety. I have one Prudens Purple that is more than double the size of another. They all received the same compost and epsom salt in the planting hole, so it's pretty much strictly genetics of those particular plants.

This is the patch of Swiss Chard that provided us with our first salad greens. We also threw in some chives and green onions, and spinach and lettuce from the grid garden.
And yes, those are some poor little orphan tomato plants, who have not made it out of the starter trays. I don't know that they will either. I still have probably over two hundred plants, either in 4inch pots, or in starter cells. I don't have room for many more in the garden, and I don't want to grow more than 20 or so in large gallon pots, so I guess some of these babies are going to be compost soon. It sounds silly, but I hate to do that. It feels criminal to compost these little plants that I've grown from seed.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Galina's Yellow....uhm, not

This is the tomato plant that I have been growing since just before Christmas. It has quite a few clusters of tomatoes, and they are quite tasty, according to my tomato tester. It was supposed to be a Galina's Yellow, but the seeds must have gotten crossed last year. I didn't bag any of the tomato blossoms that I saved seed from for myself, so it's not really surprising that there are a few crosses in my seeds. I'm not sure what this cross could be, but the result is a nice, small orange tomato, that is slightly sweet, juicy, but not too seedy. I've planted seeds from the first tomato, to grow it out again and see what I get. Why not!

Two tomato plants have disappeared from my raised beds. These were not small plants, between 8 - 12 inches high. One was a Rhoades Heirloom, the other was an Abricot. Hmm, I'm not impressed. I suspect rabbits, raccoons, or possibly skunks. Or a naughty squirrel. They actually took the plant right at soil level. It looks like it was just snipped off. The tag is still there, and the root system is there, but there is no sign of the rest of the plant. I don't think it is cutworms, they would not eat the entire plant? I may have to cover them up at night with the plastic sheets again, just to protect the plants, which I hate to have to do at this point, cause I'll have to get up early to remove them so it doesn't get too hot in there in the mornings. But just in case it is cutworms, I'm planting large coffee sticks beside every stem, to thwart them. Cutworms must be able to encircle the entire stem in order to do their damage, so collars are sometimes used, or some other type of barrier, to prevent the damage. Who knows, it very well could be cutworms. The MO is the same.

Monday, June 2, 2008

In the Ground...so far

  1. 6 Zigan
  2. 4 Jaune Flamme
  3. 4 Japanese Black Trifele
  4. 6 Kelloggs' Breakfast
  5. 1 Black Pear
  6. 1 Canabec Rose
  7. 3 Cherokee Purple
  8. 2 Long Shelf Life
  9. 1 Orange Russian
  10. 2 Prudens' Purple
  11. 2 Rhoades
  12. 3 Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain)
  13. 3 Moscovitch
  14. 2 Black Krim
  15. 3 Omar's Lebanese
  16. 3 Gold Medal
  17. 2 Green Zebra
  18. 2 Carbon
  19. 2 Pineapple
  20. 3 Neves Azorean Red
  21. 3 Hillbilly
  22. 3 Bloody Butcher
  23. 3 Mortgage Lifter
  24. 3 Vova Yellow
  25. 2 Opalka
  26. 2 Stupice

Still have quite a few more to plant and a couple extra from a friend to find room for. I think my Brugs are going to be sharing their happy little beds with some extra tomato plants this summer.
And I still have tons of extra plants, if anyone is interested.