Just tasted the first one. Holy smokes. Not like any tomato I've ever
tasted. It's an old variety, not very disease resistant, so the leaves look
like the plant's struggling a bit, while the Better Boy variety next to it
is doing just fine. But the taste - totally outrageous.
Put it on your list for next year.
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 20:07:32 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Aren't they beautiful, as well? So meaty. Few finer. Welcome to the
world of *great* tasting tomatoes.
Hybrids cannot come close to the taste of the heirlooms, IMNSHO.
Next year, plant more of them, if you have the space. Some years are
better than others. Last year, the Old Germans, (great taste at the
other end of the spectrum) produced few. This year, I am nearly tired
of eating them.....great breakfast tomato, though. Sausage, eggs,
toast and maters'.....heaven.
I'm gonna go nuts with them next year. This year was discouraging until two
days ago, when I finally put up a wire fence to stop the deer. It's ugly as
hell, but I don't care. It works. Stepped outside around midmight last night
and there were 5 of the bastards standing there with a "What happened?" look
on their faces. The fence is 10 feet high.
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 22:04:09 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Hey.......here's an idea for your deer problem. Elder Son brought by a
movie for us to watch......"300".......not a particularly great movie,
IMO, but those Spartans were good with a spear thrust. Hide amongst
the 'maters and thrust a spear through their hearts. Back to basics,
man against beast at the primal level.......
Friggin' deer .......and rabbits, in my case. Shot a couple more
Enjoy the brandywines
I think of "300" as a prelude to attacking Iran. How often do we see
beauty associated with Iran ? Faceless enemy comes to mind. Which is
great book that I can't find now. However a Amazon search for "Faceless
enemy" yields all sort of pro war books. Go Figure.
Anyway the book I know deals with wwII and how movies and media in
general always showed American faces while the enemy either had a mask
on or a snarling face. In "300" the Immortals all wore masks,
Bill who saw 300 and preferred the early version with people about
1955. I just gave it to my dad hours ago. Synchronicity.
S Jersey USA Zone 5 Shade
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This is one of our mandatory 'matoes; the others are Black Krim, Sungold (cherry)
and Green Zebra.
For us, the heirlooms have been good producers this year. We only have one
year and it's not doing that well (Early Girl).
CareWren--drying tomatoes and making sauce today :)
On Thu, 16 Aug 2007 14:55:31 -0800, "KarenCannoli"
Krims are our favorite black tomato.
The heirlooms are doing well here as well, northern Missouri. Last
year was disappointing. Go figure.
Elder Son planted an Early Girl, as his only hybrid, and it hasn't
produced much other than a few small fruits.
I've been meaning to try Green Zebra. Aunt Ruby's Green has been a
great "green" tomato for us.
Hey, I have a dehydrator going now, full of Cherry Romas. We eat them
like raisins. Have been tossing Rutgers in the freezer by the bags
full, to sauce this fall.
I stumbled across Brandywine by pure chance. I was too busy to start many of
my own seeds this year, and I figured it would be easy to find plenty of
varieties at the nurseries. I happened to be at Home Despot, where I
normally won't buy plants. But, some employee must've accidentally taken
great care of the tomato plants. The Brandywines were in great shape.
The employee's probably been lobotomized and fired by now, so he/she won't
attempt to teach other employees how to take care of plants.
On 8/17/07 4:24 PM, in article
Mike McGrath used to edit Organic Gardening back when it spent more time
talking about gardening and less about how evil (fill in the blank) was. His
dismissal over disparaging a deep pockets chemical company lead to the end
of the magazine I think.
His short piece in Green Prints are fluffy and generally fun. But sometimes,
he's like sweet tea or cotton candy. A little is fine, but after a while,
my teeth start to hurt.
I dearly remember the old Organic Gardening and Farming, and miss it
and Mike's writings in it. I do read him in Green Prints, but OG has
never been the same. I get that now because I'm a member of the New
England Wildflower Society - I'd rather they stuck to the lovely mugs
they gave us each year, or the prints. OG is a waste of celluloid
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
On 8/17/07 9:05 PM, in article firstname.lastname@example.org,
UGH - NEWS gives that as a member bonus, shudder. I tried it once after the
"name change" and it was awful. The quality of writing (already sliding
before MMcG left) was terrible and not even worth the compost value.
At least you could regift the mug..
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