Tomato Juliet

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

bed location

raised bed IO; slimmer bed in back South Lot (currently undergoing renovation.)

other plants in bed

onions

basil

rocket

marigold flowers

lettuce

parsley

chile

capsicum

Plant Needs

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

by November

harvest begins 15 weeks after transplant and is prolific on good years

through February

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.

Water Needs

steady to heavy watering like rest of your garden.

no water on leaves, as this will fry the leaves

automated or soaker hose

biology basically

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.

companion plants

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

flea beetles

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”

seed saving

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

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