Paste Tomatoes

Paste Tomatoes

I'd like to share my favorite paste tomatoes with you. Amish Paste(85 days) Indeterminate. An heirloom from Wisconsin that's widely adapted. Some catalogs list this as an oxheart tomato; it is shaped like an elongated oxheart. The tomatoes average 8 oz. and the flavor is great. The vines are vigorous and productive, especially for an heirloom. Big Mama(80 days) Indeterminate. This is a large, plump paste tomato with a pointed end. The fruit are very uniform and average around 8 oz. with very few seeds. I have heard of people who didn't get good results from Big Mama, but it is very dependable and productive for me. The seeds are from Burpee. To avoid the high prices on their website, go to Lowe's Home Improvement, find their Burpee seed rack, and buy a pack. This small pack will be sufficient for a home gardener. Giant Valentine VFA (73 days) Indeterminate. These 6 to 10 oz. tomatoes resemble a cross between an oxheart and a paste tomato. A close friend enjoys frilling them for breakfast. Viva Italia VFFNA (75 days) Determinate-but has a longer harvest window than most This tomato hs been nicknamed the "Italian Stallion"- with good reason; it has the best productivity and disease resistance of any roma. It is even resistant to bacterial speck. It will grow almost anywhere and sets fruit in hot weather much better than the original roma. The flavor is fabulous-it has a naturally high sugar content balanced by just enough acid. Not only is it a good sauce tomato, it's fabulous as a snack or in salads. It's my friend Duck's favorite eating tomato.
My garden thus far

My garden thus far

First Seedling

First Seedling

Who would do this!?!!

Who would do this!?!!

Where to buy Lycopodium clavatum for terrarium? Retailers of less common ferns and fern allies?

Where to buy Lycopodium clavatum for terrarium? Retailers of less common ferns and fern allies?

pictures and a few questions

pictures and a few questions

Dahlias in the Fall

Dahlias in the Fall