Category Archives: Tomatoes

Chicago City Farm – Field Trip

I arrived in Chicago yesterday for an annual conference with a few hours to spare so I took the opportunity to go see City Farm in person!  I have been looking forward to seeing this fantastic piece of urban farming/city … Continue reading

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Pomodori Aplenty

I had my largest one-day harvest of Roma Tomatoes at a little over 3.5 lbs, a similar weight in Amana Orange and Mortgage Lifter Tomatoes were ready to be picked along with some cherry tomatoes, a nice bowl of figs, … Continue reading

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Mulligan Fire Roasted Cherry Tomato Salsa

A few weeks ago I finally had enough cherry tomatoes to give the Fire Roasted Cherry Tomato Salsa recipe I wrote about in February a whirl.  The cherry tomatoes I had in abundance were two varieties of yellow tomatoes and … Continue reading

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Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas In the Garden

So maybe the July garden isn’t classically beautiful, but it does have a quirky beauty… While bolted lettuce is a tall, straggly creature on its own, the Tom Thumb lettuce is also a bit elegant against the backdrop of collards: … Continue reading

Posted in Asparagus, Black Eyed Peas, Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards, Figs, Glass Gem Corn, Slicing Tomatoes, Tom Thumb Lettuce, Tomatoes | Leave a comment

July Garden Update

Under the best of circumstances July is an awkward time for the garden. Spring greens (spinach, lettuce, cilantro) still in the garden have bolted or browned, strawberries have stopped producing anything but dozens of straggly runners and asparagus has transmogrified … Continue reading

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Roma Wasn’t Built In a Day

Roma math: A decent batch of homemade tomato sauce with enough to freeze or can for future use requires a minimum of 15-20 lbs of roma tomatoes. The average day on the urban farm (with 16 roma tomato plants in … Continue reading

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Food With a Story – Mortgage Lifter

When was the last time you ate a tomato and considered the intrigue and controversy surrounding it’s provenance? This big guy, sold by Baker Creek under the name Mortgage Lifter is almost ready to harvest and when I save the … Continue reading

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Towering Tomatoes

The view standing next to my Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry Tomato. The view a few steps back.  This tomato plant has already over taken the 8 foot bamboo support pole and I need a step ladder to access the top with … Continue reading

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Finally Spring – Garden Update

The average last frost date for this area has come and gone and the lowest nighttime temp forecast through the end of the month is 41.  I think spring is finally here to stay! The French Breakfast Radishes are speeding … Continue reading

Posted in Backyard Gardening, Blueberries, Collards, Container Gardening, Figs, French Breakfast Radishes, Front Yard Gardening, Herbs, Lettuce, Lollo De Vino Lettuce, Radishes, Raised Bed Gardening, Septoria Leaf Spot, Square Foot Gardening, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Sustainable, Tomatoes, Urban Farming | Leave a comment

Last Frost Date

Last night was a low of 28 so the tomatoes were covered (again) and I am optimistic that it was the last night of freezing temps (again).  This time, at least, I have the Average Last Frost Date in my … Continue reading

Posted in Acorn Squash, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, City Chickens, Container Gardening, French Breakfast Radishes, Kale, Lettuce, Lollo De Vino Lettuce, Radishes, Snow Peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Sustainable, Tomatoes | Leave a comment

Avant Garden

The single, yellowed leaf I found on one of my paste tomatoes at the end of February was actually the opening shot of a fungal tug-of-war that will likely continue for the whole of 2016’s growing season.  The Septoria Leaf … Continue reading

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Then There Was One

This morning I did my final pass thinning the tomatoes, peppers, collards, cabbage and kale down to a single plant in each starter cup and then I crossed my fingers that no fungi or pests find my singletons between now … Continue reading

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Don’t Blink

During the past week of business travel my indoor plant starts have grown with the vigor of youth into a verdant and slightly unruly bunch of tweens. The tomatoes from my saved seed are particularly in need of thinning.  I … Continue reading

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Tender Beginnings

While winter is having it’s (hopefully) last hurrah outside, I am prepping my indoor garden to be without me for a week while I travel for work. After trying first newspaper pots then peat pots for last year’s starts and … Continue reading

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