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Friday, August 24, 2012

The Tomato Harvest

It's not the greatest year for tomatoes - mainly because of my rampant neglect - but I'm getting a continual modest harvest. Here is what we picked this morning!

A big bowl of tomatoes.. Shall I make roasted tomato sauce? 

Sungold versus Woodle Orange - talk about size difference!

Mexico Midget - compare the size to the sungold in
the next photo.

Sungold. Simply the best.

More sungolds! Prolific even with early blight
and neglect!

What a bruiser! Check out Woodle Orange (my first
one so far) 

8 comments:

  1. Nice harvest. Did the Woodle Orange seed come from me? It kinda looks like my German Gold, as Woodle was very round, no bumps. But goodness, I have had so many mislabels this year, I am confused ;-)

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    1. Hey Bren.. I'm so sorry to hear about your tomato issues!! Ours wasn't the greatest season either.. early blight combined with neglect. Next year will be better for us both! Yes, the seed did come from you. It's possible my labels got confused as I also grew Persimmon, but I checked and the label on the plant base said Woodle Orange.. It's a crazy year, I may be wrong!! :)

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  2. The tomatoes are GORGEOUS. Wow, I would roast the heck out of those! Many of our tomatoes just couldn't hack it this summer, but now that the temperatures are relatively cooler and it has rained a few times, the Romas are finally coming around. I really hope I'm able to can some more sauce for the winter before they call it quits for good!

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    1. I love to roast them too! Then we freeze the sauce for winter pizza and pasta.. mmm.. I'll keep my fingers crossed yours ripen in time!

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  3. Niki are the sungold tomatoes very sweet? I planted Andrina this year which is a cherry but it wasn't as sweet as I would have liked. Looking for a cherry tomato now for next year that has some sweetness to it.

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    1. Oh Marguerite, you will NOT regret planting sungold. so sweet.. I've never found a tomato that is sweeter or better. it's just the perfect tomato and we do use it in salsa, bruschetta, sauce, etc. Go for it!! :)

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  4. I'm curious... if you hadn't been so 'neglectful', what would you have done differently? What are some things you didn't do this year, that would woul dhave liked to if you had the time etc?

    (As a side, I'm just starting out, so your harvest would have been a huge harvest for me, I've gotten about 30 little tomatoes and that's it!) ;)

    Definitely making a note of the sungolds for next year...

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    1. Great questions Sarah! Well, because of my workload, I have sorely neglected the garden. I haven't deer-proofed the fence (next year!), so that the deer won't come in every night. I didn't do a good job staking my tomatoes, so they flopped over once they reached about 5 feet tall. I didn't mulch my beds either (except for the potatoes) so the super hot, dry summer was even more brutal on my garden. Mulching is a great way to lock in soil.. Next year, I plan on re-designing a bit and being more on top of things.. fingers crossed! :)

      And yes, you NEED sungolds!! mind-blowingly sweet! :)

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