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chilipepper's Journal

chilipepper's Journal

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Heirloom Tomatoes 2009

01 September 2009 01:27:11
amish paste tomato

amish paste tomato

Sharon has asked me to give her information about the tomatoes we have grown this year as regards growing and cooking so here goes AMISH PASTE..very large tom and still growing well, very vigorous and tall growing vine, we stopped them at about 6 1/2 ft, produces very large fruit with the average weight of the fruit we picked being up to a 1/4 lb each! no problems growing these plants and will do them again next year, with seed we hope to save off this years crop, we started with 3 plants and got roughly 13 lb so far and would expect another 15 to 20 lb or so from them, great to use in the kitchen as the fruits are large with solid flesh, no cavities and very little seed! these toms have been used for every thing from soups to sauces and tomato ketchup. AURORA, a small bush type plant growing about 3 1/2 ft high by about 4 ft wide and needs to be very well supported as this is a HUGE cropper! we had 5 plants that produced over 24lb of tomatoes and we could have had more if i had given the plants more support, my fault for not believing they could crop so heavy! slightly flattened, dry fleshed, with a good flavor for cooking, one of the earliest to fruit, found it really good to cook with and again used in soups and sauces. URBIKANY, another bush type, again grows the same size as the AURORA, maybe sprawls a bit more! the fruits are 2inch and round, again very early and large cropper, we had 4 plants, 2 of which are now jaded and have been composted with the other 2 still active, so far we have taken over 15lb from these plants, a duel purpose tomato that is good for cooking and also in salads, a good juicy fleshed tomato. GARDEN PEARL is the cherry tom we grow, have grown it for the past 5 or more years and found it to do really well outdoor in Ireland, we grow it in window boxes, baskets or pots, lovely sweet peppery flavor, we plan to save seed from all these toms for next year and maybe try 2 or 3 new types, so hope this is of interest to you Sharon..............   


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J.D. J.D. 01 September 2009 07:47:05

Great detail in this journal, Chili. Will take notes on next years varieties. And the recipes that Madeleine shared with us have been copied and stored too. Thanks a mill.


Ladybird Ladybird 01 September 2009 08:50:50

Those results are amazing we will have to try growing some next year.


Sharon1 Sharon1 01 September 2009 09:06:34

Thanks Dave, good to know - will do the same on mine later today as have different ones to you (tho I must say, my record keeping is nowhere near as good as yours!)


unagrant unagrant 01 September 2009 10:23:01

Well we all know who to come to for advise on tomatoes, great journal.  I had great sucess with tomatoes this year too. Unfortunately labeling was a disaster so don't know what they were.  Will take note of yours for next year.


kitty kitty 01 September 2009 12:36:18

very impressive dave, must take note of varietys also


Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 September 2009 13:00:46

Great journal entry should inspire us all to grow our own. Think you will be kept busy next year giving us all advice on how to care for our tomatoes.


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