Tomato Patch 2013
And they are still growing. Soon I will top them so that they will cease to grow upwards and concentrate on ripening fruit. Lots of tomatoes but ripening slowly as the temperatures have been unseasonably cool here. We are hoping for enough warm weather to get them all ripe.
Right now we are dealing mostly with Brandywine tomatoes as they are the first to ripen. Not known for their heavy yields but Oh what a taste! This potato leafed, open pollinated, indeterminate heirloom makes a beautiful stocky bush that I have seen reach 7 foot in my garden on a good year. My start of these seeds I originally purchased years ago from Seed Savers Exchange when they first started.
These are a determinate, potato leafed, paste tomato that I purchased years ago from an Amish vendor at a local fruit stand. I saved seeds and am assuming they are a variety similar to Amish Paste. An extremely heavy crop of medium paste type tomatoes that ripen all at one time.
I have never seen these bushes get over 3 feet tall.
Boy they can pump out the fruit though.
These tomatoes I bought at a farmers market last year. The Mennonite called them Oxheart tomatoes. Said they were and indeterminate heirloom. The taste of the original tomatoes was excellent so I saved the seeds. They came up well by my gosh those plants were puny and spindly compared to the others. At first O Wise One wanted to pitch them. But I kept them. In the garden again they seemed spindly and I wondered how in the world they would support fruit.
They are indeterminate and many have already topped 6 foot. They have a traditional tomato cut leaf and seem like a very wispy plant. The fruit was somewhat slow to set. But when it finally did set look out. They are loaded with the biggest tomatoes in my garden. You do have to be somewhat vigilant about tying them up so that the fruit does not break the branches. We cut a green one open the other day that a possum had been gnawing on and they are meaty with very small seed cavities like a paste tomato. I think this variety may be a keeper : )
Lord give me patience : )
And a strong back!!!!
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter