Sunday, September 6, 2009


This year has been the second year we've grown tomatoes from seed and only the first time with any real amount of success. We've just recently eaten the first Marmande's and hoping for a little bit of sun to turn at least a few of those trusses of Gardener's Delight.

unripe Marmande

unripe Gardener's Delight

I read on Fennel and Fern at the start of the summer about aster-like
flowers on tomatoes and the production of 'king' tomatoes. I was pretty excited when 5 out of 7 of the Marmande plant's got an aster flower each, but only one survived to produce fruit - and it is indeed very ugly. Can't wait to find out what it tastes like though!

king tom
King Marmande

Mental notes for next year:

  • Gardener's delight grows surprisingly tall - stake better

  • Grow in bigger pots to make watering less of a chore! (The troughs used were probably at least half the ideal size as it turns out.)

  • I definitely want to grow a small yellow variety next year too - either Sun belle or Mirabelle possibly - and one of those groovy black varieties.

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