I can’t seem to get any variety of canning/plum tomatoes to work in my garden. I’ve tried San Marzano. This year it was Opalaka. I can’t even remember what I did last year. And, I think there was a Roma in there somewhere. The always get diseased more than any other variety and if the ripen at all it’s very late. I think I got three tomatoes off of two plants this year. See below. Ugly!
Fresh in season tomatoes with relatively thin skins are really easy to use for a quick sauce no peeling (concaseeing) involved. Dice and saute in a hot pan with toasted garlic. Add basil and parsley at the end as needed. They start out quite liquidy, but cook down nicely. And you’re not likely to even notice the skin.
Beet Greens looking healthier after culling the rotting ones. Beets seem unaffected, though growing a little slowly
Raspberry bushes are caning like maniacs. We should have nice fruit next year.
Some of the tomato varieties are really starting to get big.
Between the Squash taking over the world and my cukes having issues, I added on an extra trellis for my vining little friends. and they are starting to reciprocate my love… Despite some cucumber beetle spottings and some signs of wilt. We’ll see how long they last.
So, last year, my first year, I only lost two tomatoes all year to animals. But there is something in my garden this year that is sabotaging me in a big way. It waits until the seedlings have two to four leaves and then rips them off, sometimes eating them, sometimes leaving them on the ground. I was absolutely crushed when I found the leaves eaten off of 6 of the 8 tomato plants I was growing. I was forced to head up to Thayer Nursery and buy some seedlings.
Of course the didn’t have the obscure varieties that I wanted to grow, but the selection was pretty good. And, I like working with them more than going to the home center. Andy has been my gardening guru up there for about a year now. Really cool guy and really knowledgable. In addition to the seedlings, he sent me home with some hot pepper wax to deter the thieves… hopefully.