Posts Tagged ‘vine’

26.5 ounce Cabin Tomato

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.

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Ripe Tomatoes mean 2012 Salsa…soon

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.

Blackberry leaves- not all the same color

Green leaves on a blackberry vine

Purple leaves on a Blackberry Vine

Does anyone know the significance of my Blackberry vine growing several clusters of leaves that are purple instead of green?  They look pretty, and healthy.

Will I get grapes this year?

In 2010 I ordered and planted a grape “vine”.  It was the sorriest excuse for a plant I’ve ever seen…nothing more than a twig.  I planted it next to my fence with room to sprawl several feet in each direction.  The first year, 2010, it lived.  That was good enough.

Last year, in 2011, I expected bigger things from this vine.  Basically it grew one longish stem and a few leaves (which were then attacked like candy by Japanese beetles), and had a flower or two that didn’t come to anything.

Now we’re here in 2012.  I looked up many resources on pruning grape vines and they all said the same thing.  You need to select one or two branches of last year’s wood to grow this year’s grape vines on.

This vine is in it’s third spring in my yard but it’s still so small you can barely see it against the fence there.  It is leafing out and beginning to send up new stems.  Those horizontal vines are one year old wood that will produce this year’s new shoots, flowers and fruit (if any).

Let’s pray that, magically, all the Japanese beetles are absent this year.  One can dream.

One reason NOT to trellis melons and pumpkins

I have done my share of trellising projects in my garden over the last few years.  Today I would like to share with you one good reason NOT to trellis the bigger vines of melon, pumpkin, squash and gourds.

In the photo above, I have circled in yellow the area where my vines left their raised beds. If you look closely you will see that in each case the original vine has died. Perhaps due to lack of enough rain, and perhaps due to a vine boring insect (I have no idea which) all of these vines have died off in the original spot where I planted the seeds.

But look again and you will see that, indeed, they live!

These types of vines will sprout new roots anywhere they come into contact with moist soil. Given enough time, the new roots will grow large enough to support at least a portion of the vine. In this case the new roots are keeping my vines alive and growing, even through their parent plant is dead and gone.

If these were trellised, I would have lost the whole vines when the one and only set of roots died back.

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