Can’t seem to get canning tomatoes to work

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!

 

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Papa al Pomodoro

Super Easy. Super Fast. Super Satisfying.

Diced fresh tomatoes

Olive Oil

Crusty old bread

Basil

Garlic

Veg stock or water (I did water this year ’cause I’m lazy.)

S & P

About 5 minutes

Parm to shave with your peeler

 

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Aunt Ruby’s German Green home grown tomatoes

Homemade quick tomato sauce

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.

 

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The end product with freshly grated parm.
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Step one with “Aunt Ruby’s German Green” tomates from my garden. 
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Halfway reduced to sauce consistency (a different batch) with Black Krim and other varieties from my garden.

So much happening in the garden these days!

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.

Tomato tradgedy

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.