Thursday, September 13, 2007

A New Entry In The Giant Tomato Contest

Well, this didn't start out to be a contest, but another Countryside employee has grown a pretty darn big tomato. Unfortunately, she ate it before I could get a picture. Donna T. has been a cashier at Countryside for over 10 years and has been an avid gardener all her life. She enjoys ornamental gardening with perennials and annuals, as well as vegetable gardening. Her entry into the tomato contest is a Striped German, that weighed in at 2 lbs. 9 and 1/4 oz. It was 6 1/2" long, 6" wide and approx. 4" high. Donna says the Striped German has been one of her favorite varieties for years. She didn't have any special secrets for growing it, just regular watering and fertilizing. She grew it in a raised bed so drainage was great (which kept it from cracking with all the rain we've had). Some of her other favorites are: Prudens Purple (pink Brandywine heirloom) and Delicious ( hugh red)
For orange varieties which are less acidic -- Jubilee -- medium size, beautiful and cherry tomato Sungold (not heirlooms)
I also trial other varieties, but MUST have these.
Guess the best thing about heirlooms is the taste. The downside is they ripen later than most hybrids.

Donna also says she is looking for seeds for a red bell pepper called ' Vidi '. Not a better tasting red bell out there. Great for roasting.

If you've grown a great tomato and would like to share the experience with other Countryside gardeners, please e-mail the photo and a brief description of how you grew it to me at:

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