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Green Tomato with Style

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Tomato and Peanut Update

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.

Green Cabin Tomatoes Mid-June 2012

Above is the flower from an open-pollinated heirloom variety of tomato that I have grown every year since 2009.  “Cabin” was the name on the list I chose from at Wintersown.org.  This tomato was listed as RARE on their listing that year and has been absent from the list ever since.  It’s by-far my favorite tomato and it’s a personal project to continue this fruit, as I could be literally the only person growing it anywhere right now.

Cabin tomato has shown itself to be resistant to the blights that my tomatoes end up getting eventually during most growing seasons.  Where my other plants have already died in August or September, Cabin has continued to grow until first frost around Halloween.  Cabin provided me with a red tomato (picked green) on Thanksgiving one year.  That’s pretty good for Illinois.

The green tomatoes shown in this post should ripen to a nice dark pink tone within 2 weeks.  They are usually 3 to 8 ounces, with the average more towards 4 ounces.

Many of my Cabin tomato flowers were multi-blossoms this year, so I might get a couple of fused fruit that are larger than normal.  As you probably saw from the photos, Cabin is a potato-leaf type tomato.  Oh, taste!  Cabin is excellent eating.  It’s meaty, average in acidity and works equally well for eating raw or cooking into sauces.

Finally, I don’t want to be the only grower saving seeds for this tomato.  If you are interested in also growing Cabin next year, and will save seeds from it to keep this heirloom around for the future, please let me know.  If you have trouble with blights and want a plant that will grow along while others struggle in the same spot, please consider Cabin.

August Garden Update – 2010

The garden looks very lush this time of year.  The gourds and jackolanterns, cucumbers and watermelons reach farther and farther into the lawn every day.  We have harvested a decent crop of green beans, a few tomatoes for eating raw, a nice bunch of carrots, lots of herbs and a handful of zucchini.

“Cabin” is the variety of tomato that is again the clear winner in my garden.  While the others have either died or are very small, Cabin is 9 feet tall and going strong.  Nothing set fruit as well as past years, but everyone else in town that I talk to tells the same story.  It’s just a bad gardening year.

Cabin Tomato Blossom – Early May 2010

This past weekend I planted my last 8 or 10 tomato plants. Some of them had been in need of transplanting of any kind for 2 weeks. This one had already flowered. Hopefully the plant isn’t too stunted and will still make me a boatload of yummy “Cabin” tomatoes.

Planting tomatoes – April 2010

As I said earlier, I did get to plant out many of my tomato plants. We were working in a sprinkling rain most of the time, but we did get 12 put into this bed and another 7 put in other places.

These 12 are paste tomatoes (Amish Paste [Indeterminate, open pollinated] and Heinz 2653 [Determinate, open pollinated]) and are a bit farther from the shadiest parts of the garden than the other bed.  Tomorrow I plant my Oxheart and Cabin tomatoes [both Indeterminate, open pollinated] that I grew from seeds I saved in 2009.

As you probably see, I have installed the weed barrier and cut holes for the tomato plants.  After finishing these 12, I also got the black fabric laid down on the next bed before it was raining too hard and getting dark.

Don’t my helpers remind you of The Gleaners in this shot?

When we remembered to, we put a handful of crushed egg shells in each planting hole to help provide the tomatoes with the calcium they need to avoid blossom end rot.

The tomatoes will grow quickly enough, so I’ll need to start getting my trellis’ (trellii?) put together in the next week or so. The ones I’m planting tomorrow are already tall enough that I’ll have to tie them to a little stake or bury them quite deep.

Green Tomatoes. Beefmaster, Big Mama and Cabin

 Here are a few pictures of my developing tomatoes.  Unfortunately, two of the three featured in this post are hybrids.  I’m going to actively move away from the hybrids in the next few years.  That’s the main reason why I am growing so many different tomatoes (18 types this year)… I want to find an heirloom variety that grows well for me in my own back yard.  With heirloom tomatoes, I can save seeds each year and avoid relying on a store to sell me more.

As you can see from the pictures below, they have had no lack of water yet this year.

Beefmaster green tomato.  Hybrid.

Beefmaster green tomato. Hybrid.

 

Hybrid paste tomato

Big Mama. Hybrid paste tomato

 

Cabin.  Rare heirloom tomato.  Leaves somewhat potato-like.

Cabin. Rare heirloom tomato. Leaves somewhat potato-like.

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