Rutgers -3, Hillbilly -1, Italian Sweet - 6, Sungold - 2, Big Zac - 2, Soldacki - 2, Better Boy -7 Pink Ponderosa -2 and Cosmonaut Voklov - 5
Everything but the Rutgers and Hillbilly I grew from seed. I chose the Cosmonaut Voklov because Lynne Rossetto Kasper had it at the top of her taste list for 2011. Pink Ponderosa was a result of catalogue lure probably due to potential size. I needed a backup in case my Big Zacs failed to come through.
Soldacki returns this year after making a splendid debut in my garden the last few summers. It comes close in flavor to the Italian Sweet which is by my reckoning the best tomato I have ever tasted.
|The potato leafed Italian Sweet|
|a cluster of Sungolds|
|Sungolds already over the top of the tomato ladder|
This year I tried to keep up with the practice of removing all leaves below the first fruit. It reduces the spread of disease on the leaves. The problem is I NOTICE this in the morning when the plants are wet, and I have learned not to touch a wet tomato plant. So I must return in the evening to do my pruning.
|the 30th plant ... a Cosmonaut Voklov ... needs to catch up|
That's true love & homegrown tomatoes ~ Guy Clark