It’s spring. Time to wake up the blog again. I need to shake the dust off.
I’ve been outside adding compost to the asparagus and cutting down last year’s dead ferns. I’m replacing rotten garden bed frames with new wood and removing one completely to make room for a shed. The seeds for new herbs and tomatoes have been growing under lights for a few weeks and I received an order of Gooseberry bushes from eBay. Most of my arborvitae died after their second year of drought, so those will have to get cut down and hauled away. $$$$$ Oh well.
I’m looking forward to post again this spring, summer and fall. Thanks for reading!
I have test-sprouted (>90% germination), packaged, packed, sealed and sent your envelopes of Cabin Tomato seeds. 7 envelopes went out on Wednesday, and 6 more are going out in Thursday’s mail. I still have about 4 or 5 more remaining.
I am incredibly grateful to you growers who are willing to try growing your own Cabin tomatoes in the 2013 season. If you can, grow a plant for friend too. If you can, save seeds for the next year too.
If you don’t receive the seeds I promised you within a week from today, please contact me again. There was one pack going to Canada, so I don’t know how long that should take.
Everything is going well for Jimmy, I just haven’t had much blog motivation lately.
Thank you all!
I have dried out two batches of tomato seeds and I am fermenting a third batch. After all 3 are ready, I will make sure they are viable by sprouting a sampling in a wet paper towel. Then it will be time to pack them up and ship them out!
Sorry I haven’t had much to say lately, but life happens from time to time.
WOW! I have never grown such big fruits from this variety before! If you just joined this web site, let me fill you in. I have been saving seeds from “Cabin” tomatoes and regrowing them for the last few years. The plants seem really disease resistant, and I love the taste!
I have saved one batch of seeds, which was about the amount that covered a small dinner plate. Those are in the freezer now, and will be tested for viability soon.
I have a second batch of seeds fermenting in a quart jar right now, and that should provide another few hundred seeds.
I plan to send out up to 50 (give or take) envelopes of seeds for this variety of tomato to folks willing to send in a picture of their efforts to grow it in 2013, and who will try to save seeds for the next season.
Some have already sent me their addresses (thank you!), and I hope to collect a few more.
16, 17, and 20 ounces
20 ounce Cabin tomato on the scale
Compare this with an average of 6 to 10 ounces during the last 3 years and you can be sure that I had them in a much shadier spot before. I didn’t save seeds from any of these. We ate them! And they are good.
One of my two Cabin tomato plants is giving up the fight for water!
The basil is badly gone to seed as well. It’s hard to convince the plants to play nice when they are seeing extreme weather and all they really want is some water.
However, on the other other end of the patio, this Cabin tomato is looking healthier than ever. It’s basil is horrible, yes, but the tomato is doing FINE. It has just reached 8 feet tall and I expect it to live through fall.
I have been seeing some Cabin tomatoes that are much larger than the last 3 years. I guess when they get full sun they produce at a better size!
I saved seeds from these two tomatoes. They are fermenting in this jar on my counter. Soon I’ll clean them and dry them.
Only 4 of the 8 people who said that they wanted to grow Cabin tomatoes next year have sent me their mailing address. If you are interesting in growing Cabin and you didn’t reply to my e-mail last week, please comment here.
My first 6 pounds of ripe tomatoes. They’re an ugly bunch, due to the weather, but they’ll taste fine when I make them into salsa!
I didn’t even see the squash bug in person. I only noticed him in iPhoto. This is a Cabin plant. I’ll be saving a whole bunch of seeds soon.
Look how big my green tomatoes are getting! These are still from the first flush on the Giant Syrian plant. Too bad only 1 out of 25 flowers are turning into green tomatoes now. They don’t like to set fruit when the weather is this hot.
Soon these will be ripe and I’ll be able to can up some salsa!
Most of the tomatoes have reached 5 feet high already and all are loaded with green fruit that (thankfully) just keeps getting bigger. These are the best plants I have ever grown, so I must have found the optimal location in my yard for them this year. The Cabin tomato plants (on each end) have some fruit that seems to be in the 8 to 10 ounce range, and I’ve never gotten bigger than 4-6 oz. from them before! I imagine that the plants have NOT set any new fruit in the last week or so, because we have had 100 degree temperatures every day. Tomatoes supposedly won’t pollinate their flowers at temperatures over 90.
The square white pot in the left bottom corner of the photo is the peanut plant that my son and I planted from a bag of raw spanish peanuts several months ago. It’s doing ok, as long as I remember to water it often in this heat. It feels like August to me.