Deep red, shiny fruits avg. 2–2 1/4″ x 1 3/8–1 1/2″, weighing 1 1/2–2 oz. Typically 12–18 fruits per cluster.
why: prone to blight and very rambunctious plants. watch video by Sol. 2:05-3:00
raised bed IO; slimmer bed in back South Lot (currently undergoing renovation.)
other plants in bed
these will keep growing up so you need a stake, cage or string line (insert photos)
add mulch / sea grass
this prevents fungal diseases from splashing and keeps plant moist
fertilizer: we’ve decided to use rock dust, wood ash, self harvested sea weed and worms.
pruning bottom yellow leaves for blight
garlic neem spray for aphids is found in the back tool shed: if you see this *** please spray on all plants with special attention to the affected area.
sol video: 4:40-5:45
plant and harvest time
spring plant – warm loving plants
harvest begins 15 weeks after transplant and is prolific on good years
did you know there is a tomato throwing festival in mediterranean spain that began after an abundant harvest in 1945, when a few wholly young people began booing the Big Head parade, and eventually threw at it the abundant crop of tomatoes. the festival still goes on today in its original town Buñol, near Valencia.
steady to heavy watering like rest of your garden.
no water on leaves, as this will fry the leaves
automated or soaker hose
determinant once flowers. not common. good to use for preserving
indeterminate produce ongoing flowers- what you have.
these keep growing up and need support
self seed and pollinate themselves. easy to save seeds.
basil marjoram lettuce onion rocket mizuna
feeding heavy minerals
particularly love potassium and phosphorus. greedy plants and like lots of nutrition! ideally we’ll do a soil test, but we haven’t here so we’ll have to adjust by observation
soil fertility and building plan
phosphorous and potassium needy. add Rock Dust by Sustainable Living Center, *new zealand fert compound fertilizer, wood ash,
Pests, Diseases & Cures
aphids // garlic soap
blight // prune
Tomato hornworms // Bacillus thuringiensis
potato beetle larvae & adults // spinosad
onset photos of examples planting advice
did you know that tomatoes can survive and thrive if they’re planted from nearly dead seedlings? check out this video by Sol for info. 1:10-2:05 “they’ll go into flowering early, you’re shocking them”
don’t bother saving seeds of hybrid variety
easily save with the seeds by squeezing tomato to a tissue paper, label and set to dry for next year
fermentation method stores them for up to 6 years. watch video for more
photographs of bed signifying location, each individual plants of different varieties
… working tabs
seasonal calendar link
moon calendar work
what to plant afterwards & why