Saturday, December 8, 2012

Container Dwarf Tomatoes for your Winter Garden


    The little guy's are growing and at this stage they are just under three weeks old and time to be transplanted.
     At this stage these Dwarf Tomatoes are four and a half weeks old and looking really healthy. Good thick stems and a great color.

      It does not take long for tomatoes to just take off.  The only supplements I have given these tomatoes a little liquid sea weed in there water.
    This is what's so fun about gardening. I raised a few more than I will use and now my friends get a Christmas present... I am so excited the tomatoes are growing nicely.

  Well that is about it on this update good gardening and until next time  see ya Dusty....

Monday, November 12, 2012

Growing A Winter Garden Inside?

   A winter indoor garden is such a pleasure for me it is so nice to watch something grow during the long winter also a winter garden is not to much work hey now that is perfect for me. 
  I have a few things that I grew in pots which I brought in before the first freeze such as this pepper plant this is a Jamaican Hot Chocolate it can be a bit hot. Ok it is a very hot little pepper but bring it indoors for the winter and this plant can live several years I feel three is about the best I have ever gotten out of a pepper plant and the second year being the best. When I put them outside next spring they will do great and I will have the earliest peppers in town.
   I also started some Tomatoes yep maters. These are dwarf tomatoes I will be growing these dwarf tomatoes in 3 to 5 gallon containers. I have six types of dwarf tomatoes that I will be growing  this fall the average height is 3 to 4 foot tall and they load up pretty nicely with fruit so I will need to support these guys. lol this should be fun.
  Last year I grew Mizuna and Arugula these are greens with a attitude great flavor and a little zip to them yum.  I started them outdoors last year and I forgot about them during several freezes and they survived wow they can take a very hard freeze and survive. They are so easy to grow lucky for me, and are wonderful to add to a salad they really give a salad a pop and they are so very tasty. I am thinking about planting some of the cold hardy variety's of greens very soon.
  I hope to give updates of the dwarf tomatoes every very few weeks so you can see how they are doing. Until next time later Dusty...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Best producing Tomatoes of 2012

 This is the most productive tomato of the season for me a heart tomato called Pink Honey. I was very surprised that it was also the first tomato of the season a very fast grower only 49 days from transplant. It was also one of the largest tomato of the season with one tomato going just over two pounds.
 This is the Coyote tomato a very small tomato with huge tomato flavor. They say this is a tomato that is native to Mexico where it grows wild and I believe it, this tomato plant is huge and has taken over the Wow what a good growing tomato plant you can abuse this little gem and it just produces. The taste is full bore tomato goodness great old fashion tomato flavor.
  Pink Berkeley Tie Dye - A early tomato great taste and very interesting looking. At the farmers market this is one of the first to go.
 Two different Tomatoes in this picture here, the one on the left is called Pinky Tuscadero and the one on the right is a Black Sea Man Tomato both are real good ok these are great eating tomatoes of course I do tend to like the black tomatoes for taste but the Pinky Tuscadero is tops too.
 Sweet Carneros Pink this is another tomato bred by Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms. The production of this tomato was very very good the only down side is you got to use them they don't hold very well.
 I have talked about this one before but I love this tomato this is Evan's Purple Pear. This tomato gave me really good production and what a good tomato for the farmers market or at home they keep very well and the taste, well this is one of my new favorites it has a firm tomato texture the taste was very nice and crisp with full tomato flavor. This one is on my grow list for next year for sure also it is a potato leaf plant.

 I have a few others that I really like and will list soon but this is the bunch that made my list for today what a great bunch of tomatoes next time I will chat about maybe growing bigger Tomatoes? Later Dusty

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Tomato Season...

 This tomato is called Dwarf Berly Beauty a wonderful tomato that was breed to grow in five gallon pots that you can bring in the house during the winter. It is a green when ripe variety.

 A row of San Marzano tomatoes that are going nuts.

  Some Mini Marzanos one of the only hybrids that I grew.
   Mr. Stripey a wonderful tasting bi-color tomato
  This is one of my best sellers and is a taste test winner.
  Pink Berkeley Tie Dye new for me this year. They are an early tomato with very good taste and very good looks what's not to like about this one.
  Plum Lemon a yellow paste tomato that looks like a lemon.
  This is a incredible tomato plant it is a multi-floral tomato it produces flowers by what seems the jillions. lol It name is Sweet Beverly and besides having unique flowers the fruit is wonderfully sweet.
  The darkest tomato I have ever seen the Indigo Rose is a eye catcher.
 This is the Berly Beauty a Green when ripe tomato. This tomato is amazing such a great eating tomato it has a very complex flavor I end up saying refreshing with a fruity flavor. A tomato I will be growing all winter that's for sure...
later Dusty...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Heirloom and Open Pollinated Tomatoes

More pictures of some really great looking and great tasting Tomatoes!!!
This sweet little gem is called Bi-color cherry
A real good tomato with full tomato flavor this is it. This one is called Black Moor or Black Mauri One of my favorites it is a good firm tomato travels well and keeps good. A great tomato for the farmers market.
So far this year this is my pick as extra yummy. This tomato has great flavor and it holds well another great tomato for the farmers market. Evan's Purple Pear
 Red Boar and Black and Brown Boar great tomatoes great production.
 My Earliest tomato of the year. These tomatoes average about 10 to 12 oz and I have a few that went a pound and a half. This one is called   Pink Honey Tomato and it produces heavy a great heart tomato.

Red Boar a very attractive tomato and a great producer.

I was surprise how much I liked this one. This Tomato is called Dr. Carolyn A variety named after Dr Carolyn Male who wrote the book 100 Heirloom tomatoes for the American garden. 

Later Dusty...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pink Berkeley Tie Dye

 Just thought I would post some pictures of this tomato. A very productive and attractive looking tomato. This seed I purchased from Wild Boar Farms. Brad Gates at Wild Boar Farms has some great looking tomato breeds.
 This one is Pink Berkeley Tie Dye but it is not all that Pink it is more of a port wine color.
  Very good eating I would put it up there as very tasty.
  This is one of those tomatoes I will grow again.
Wild Boar Farms for some really unique tomatoes you might want to check them out....Well I gotta eat and
   later Dusty...

Friday, August 10, 2012

How to Save Tomato Seeds

 There is just something about being self sufficient. Growing a tomato from a seed to a plant watching it grow and then picking a nice tomato!!!! and saving the seed and doing it all over again...How cool is that....
 I like to start by slicing my tomatoes, this way I can make sure my tomatoes are good and ripe. You need to use a ripe tomato for this. Next I squeeze out the seeds and discard the skin or do as good as you can, these small tomatoes they can make it hard to discard all there skins. If you miss some it won't hurt anything.

Seed jelly.....

 Once I have the guts of the tomatoes selected I put them in a jar if there is not enough juice in the mix I will add a little water and a pinch of sugar. I need enough moister in it to last for five to seven days.
  Make sure and mark the jar with the correct name of the tomato!!! I try to learn from my mistakes. LOL
 I use a rubber band to secure a coffee filter over the top of the jar.

 The coffee filter allows the mixture to breath and bacteria to grow this is what devolves the jell like membrane that surrounds the seed, the major benefit of using the coffee filter is it keeps unwanted bugs out. Your germination rate goes way up when fermenting your seeds in methods like this. 
 I next set the container with the seed mixture outside for five to seven days. I don't suggest letting them ferment any longer than this it tends to lower the germination rate. Also setting them outside is recommended because it can get a bit smelly. 

After the five to seven day period a mold growth will appear on the top of your seed mix. This is a good thing it is telling us the bacteria has done its job dissolving that jell like membrane. This will make it easier for the seed to sprout this spring. Your almost done all you have to do now is clean up the seed mix. I first try to fish out the mold growth (this is a yucky job) and discard it. Next I wash and strain the seed until it is clean. I use a fine wire strainer to help me clean and strain. Clean them several times. 

 Last thing to do is see if you have any seeds that float, if so discard any seed or seeds that float.  Next just lay out a paper plate set your seed on it set it in a warm dry place for at least two weeks to dry. I stir mine up every few days. Then pack it up for next years tomato seeds you can use envelopes or little bags to store them in.
Storage it is important so keep them in them cool and dry and out of light. 

  During the winter I will test a few of each variety so I can do germination tests to make sure I have a good viable seed. 
This is so easy to do give it a try.
Later Dusty...

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tomatoes are coming along....

Indigo Rose
 Black and Brown Boar
 Cherokee Green
 Spot Yellow
Green Zebra

 Tomatoes are coming along. Some very unusual tomato variety's for me at least. The small Coyote tomato is very small but does have that full tomato flavor very strange for a small tomato I am enjoying them. Until next time see ya later Dusty...