Archive for May, 2011

MY HUSBAND, WILLIAM, AND I HAVE BEEN ASKED ABOUT THESE UPSIDE DOWN PLANTERS RECENTLY AND I WENT ON THE INTERNET TO FIND SOME ANSWERS.  A GOOD SOURCE IS HOWTOGARDENGUIDE.COM. THIS A NON COMMERICAL ORGANIZATION. IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO SELL YOU ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. YOU CAN ALSO FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE THESE THERE IF YOU WANT TO TRY.

SO OF THE DO’S: INCLUDE A GOOD YIELD, NO CUTWORMS OR FUNGICIDES PROBLEMS.  GOOD AIR CURCULATION. SETTING QUICKER AND MATURING FASTER

THE DOWN SIDE IS THE WEIGHT OF THESE, NEED FOR 6-8 HOURS OF SUN (THUS YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE WIND), AND THE VARITIES YOU CAN GROW. THEY NEED LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER (MORE THAN GARDENING) WHICH MEANS YOU HAD BETTER MAKE SURE YOUR ANCHOR IS STRONG TO SUPPORT THIS WEIGHT (ROUGHLY 50 LBS WHEN WATERED) AND  ALSO THEY PERISH SOONER THAN THE GARDEN NEIGHBORS. THE VARITIES THAT ARE GROWN ARE NOT THE SAME ONES THAT CAN BE GROWN IN A GARDEN.

SORRY NO HEIRLOOMS AS OF YET.

FIRST AND FOREMOST THE TOMATO PLANTS MUST BE  DETERMINATE AND SMALL VINED. WHAT IS DETERMINATE? IT MEANS THAT THE TOMATO VINE WILL STOP GROWING AT A CERTAIN LENGHT. HIERLOOMS ARE GENERALLY INDETERMINATE GROWING 5’ OR TALLER.RECALL THAT FOR MANY PLANTS, THE RULE OF THUMB IS THAT THE ROOT SYSTEM IS ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS THE FOLIAGE ABOVE GROWN. WHETHER THAT IS AN EXACT SIZE OF YOUR TOMATO PLANTS, IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS THAT THESE PLANTERS HAVE TO HAVE A LIMITED ROOT SYSTEM BECAUSE THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF THE PLANTER WOULD BE EXCESSIVE IF THEY WERE ANY LARGER THAN THEY ARE. SO LARGE PLANTS (NOT NECESSARILY LARGE TOMATOES) SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF YOU WANT THEM TO LAST. FOR EXAMPLE, MANY CHERRY TOMATOES ARE INDETERMINATE AND WILL GROW TO BE HUGE OVER TYHE COURSE OF A LONG SUMMER AND WILL BE STRESSED AFTER A WHILE IN A HANGING PLANTER. SO IN REALITY THE TOMATO SIZE IS NOT THE PROBLEM BUT THE SIZE OF THE PLANT FOR THESE UNDSIDEDOWN BASKETS. SO THE BEST ADVICE IS TO FIND A TOMATO PLANT THAT IS DETERMINATE AND DOES NOT GROW VERY BIG. A LOT OF CHERRY TOMATO PLANTS GROW LIKE WEEDS AND ARE TALL.  

 

SO WHAT CAN YOU GROW.  THEY ARTICLE SUGGESTED ROMAS AND A CERTAIN VARITY OF CELEBRITIES AND THESE HAVE WORKED WLL.  THE PATIO TOMATOES HAVE BEEN FAVORITES FOR YEARS. SOME FOLKS HAVE REPORTED SUCCES WITH TOMATO TUMBLER, TOMATO GARDEN PEARL, AND TOMATO YELLOW PIGMY. 

THEY ARE SOME HYBRIDS THAT ARE BING MARKETED FOR GROWING SPECIFICALLY IN HANGING TOMATO BASKETS.  THESE INCLUDE WINDOW BOX ROMA, MICRO TOM, BASKER BOY YELLOW AND BASKET BOY RED.

 

THESE RED CHERRY TOMATOES ARE BECOMING VERY POPULAR. THEY ARE ALSO KNOWN AS SUGAR LUMPS BECAUSE OF THEIR SWEET FLAVOR. THUS, THESE LITTLE DARLINGS ARE GOOD FOR SALADS AND SNACKS.

 

THIS PALE YELLOW WITH LIGHT RED STRIPPING HEIRLOOM WAS INTRODUCED IN 2004. GARY IBSEN AND NOW WIFE DAGMA LACEY INTRODUCED IT. GEE, I WONDER WHERE THE NAME CAME FROM HAHA. THIS FRUIT IS SAID TO HAVE A TROPICAL FRUIT TASTE WITH A HINT OF LIME. IT IS TARTER THAN MOST SO AN ADDITION TO SALADS IS A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY THIS TOMATO.

 

THE INDIAN STRIPE IS PROBABLY A STRAIN OF CHEROKEE PURPLE. IT WAS NAMED BY CAROLYN MALE OF NY WHO GOT THE SEEDS FROM SOMEONE IN TEXAS. THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND THE CHEROKEE PURPLE IS THE SOMETIMES STRIPING WHICH IS MORE NOTICEABLE WHEN IT IS GROWING. IN ADDITION, THIS IS A LITTLE LIGHTER AND NOT AS BIG AS THE CHEROKEE PURPLE. ANOTHER THING IS THAT IT IS A GOOD COOL WEATHER TOMATO, WHICH MEANS YOU WILL NOT SEE THIS TOMATO UNTIL LATE AUGUST. LIKE THE CHEROKEE, IT IS SO GOOD FOR SAUCES, SANDWICHES, SALADS, AND SNACKING.

 

THE ONLY THING THE TITLE MIGHT HAVE IS THAT THE TOMATO IS CLOSE TO WHITE. IT IS A PALE PEACH COLOR WITH PINK BLUSHES. THE YIELD OF THIS PLANT IS SUPPOSED TO BE LOW SO WHEN THEY ARE OUT GET THEM. IT HAS A TROPICAL FLAVOR WITH A HINT OF MELON IN IT. IT IS ONE OF THOSE SWEET THAN TART TOMATOES.

HERE AGAIN, NAMES CAN BE CONFUSING IN THAT THIS TOMATO IS FROM NORTH CAROLINA-VIRGINIA AREA. THIS MEATY PINK TOMATO HAS A FULL FLAVOR. IT IS ONE OF THE PARENTS OF THE MORTGAGE LIFTER TOMATO. SINCE THIS IS A LARGE TOMATO IT IS IDEAL FOR SLICING BUT ALSO IT IS EASY TO PEEL SO CANNING ALSO BECOMES AN OPTION. THE USES ARE MANY RANGING FROM SANDWICHES, SALADS, SOUPS, SAUCES AND OF COURSE SNACKING.

ANOTHER FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE TOMATOES, THIS TOMATO DOES NOT SPOIL ONES IDEA OF COLD IN RUSSIA. IT HAS ITS ORIGINS IN SIBERIA AND WAS INTRODUCED TO THE POPULATION AT IRKUTSK, RUSSIA. THIS OVAL DARK MAHONEY TOMATO IS JUST A LITTLE TOO BIG TO CALL CHERRY STYLE. IT IS SAID TO HAVE HEALTH BENEFITS BEYOND THE NORMAL TOMATO LYCOPENE. IT HAS A FULL, INTENSE, RICH TOMATO FLAVOR. IT IS ALSO USED TO MAKE BLACK PRINCE TOMATO OIL IN RUSSIA. IT IS GREAT FOR SALADS, SAUCES, OR JUST EATING.

 

THIS DARK PINK TOMATO HAS ITS ORIGIN FROM BULGARIA. THIS HEIRLOOM HAS FEW SEED AND IS FLATTENING IN SHAPE INSTEAD OF THE GLOBE SHAPE MOST TOMATOES HAVE AS ITS PRESENTS. THIS IS A SWEET FLAVORED TOMATO SO OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT IT IS HIGH IN ACID AS IS MOST DARK COLORED TOMATOES. THIS IS GREAT FOR SALADS, SANDWICHES, AND OF COURSE SNACKING

 

SOME SAY IT TASTES THE SAME AS THE CHEROKEE PURPLE. THIS DARK CRIMSON RED WITH BROWN SHOULDER HEIRLOOM WAS DISCOVERED IN THE GARDEN OF HEIRLOOM CONNOISSEUR CRAIG LEHOULLIER. IT WAS INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC IN 2004 BY VICTORY SEED COMPANY. CHEFS LIKE IT BECAUSE OF THE CHOCOLATE MAHOGANY COLOR AND THE TASTE. THIS TOMATO IS GOOD FOR SALADS, SANDWICHES, SAUCES, AND OF COURSE SNACKS

 

THE BLACK KRIMM MIGHT ALSO BE KNOWN AS THE BLACK CRIMSON OR BLACK CRIM. REGARDLESS, IT IS FROM THE ISLE OF KRIMM ON THE BLACK SEA IN THE AREA OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. IT IS DARK RED, SLIGHTLY MAROON. THE TOMATO IS VERY PRONE TO CRACKING BUT MORE THAN MAKES UP FOR THAT WITH ITS TASTE. IT HAS A FANSTASTIC, INTENSE, SLIGHTY SALTY TASTE(GREAT FOR THOSE ON A SALT FREE DIET). IT IS THE PERFECT ADDITION TO THAT SUNDAY MORNING OMLET TO PAMPER YOUR TASTE BUDS. IT IS ALSO GREAT ON SANDWICHES, SALADS, COOKING OR JUST EATING