Tomato Seeds Available from 2022 Harvest

Just published, but not quite finalized, a spreadsheet titled

“List of Tomato Seeds Available from 2022”

To summarize here:
913: Number of varieties planted from seed
67: Number of varieties with zero germination
846: No. of varieties for which at least one seed germinated
247: No. of varieties grown as seedlings for other growers
671: No. of varieties transplanted into exclosure and tomato patch
150: Approximate no. of varieties of leftover seedlings that grew and produced in 3.5″ pots
22: No. of varieties (of 671) for which all vines died before producing fruits
with viable seeds (most deaths were from Curly Top Virus)
649: Estimated no. of transplanted varieties from which seeds were saved
41: Approximate additional varieties (“leftovers”) from which seeds were saved
690: Approximate total no. tomato varieties from which seeds were saved in 2002

This list is in draft form and will be finalized in about 3 weeks, once all seeds are extracted, dried, packaged, and inventoried.

Click on this link to see the list:

DT Shared Files

This public folder also contains a number of other lists which may be of interest, including:

DT BIG Tomato List
Tastiest Tomatoes
Heat Tolerant Varieties

And many more

Fortunately, I’ve had a volunteer to help package tomato seeds, help with processing, and take the following video, which shows the process used for seed separation with larger batches, cutting time down from 15-20 minutes per batch to 7-10 min.

Process for Extracting Tomato Seeds from Larger Batches

As of this writing (November 30th), there is about 200 hours worth of tomato processing left to do from the 2022 growing season, including: preparing batches for fermentation, actual seed extraction, seed drying, packaging, inventory, organizing, and data entry. After that comes photo preparation, transcribing field notes, writing up descriptions, updating website, and — well, the 2023 planting season will be here long before I will be able to get all of this done. Such is life – never a moment of boredom!!

For the past month, the rooms where the tomatoes have been stored while ripening and fermenting have remained at temperatures between 44-58° F. Despite my best efforts, by now, several batches batches have gone well beyond ripening to the point that they have rotted and fermented, allowing me to skip a step, but not allowing me to take decent photographs or to taste the ripe tomatoes (no, absolutely NO – I have zero interest in tasting rotten tomatoes!!).

Cleanup Crews

Well, the clock is ticking rapidly towards November 1st, and it looks like I’ve barely made a dent into processing batches of tomatoes — which were harvested in October — for seed saving.

Every single decent-sized (1 gallon or larger) solid container I have has been filled with tomatoes at some stage of processing. I’ve resorted to using gallon freezer bags placed inside of pots to hold batches of tomatoes for fermenting.

Finding time to do “Fall cleanup” of the garden is absolutely out of the question. But I have a crew, or rather several crews of deer that are cleaning up the tomato patch, little by little, as many as nine deer at time, with small herds spending as much as two hours straight, gorging themselves on the leftover, frozen tomatoes. It’s been challenging for me to refrain from chasing them off – something I’ve been doing for months, mostly in the middle of the night.

They have pretty much ripped down the deer fencing along the south edge of the garden patch, so even for the youngest deer, it’s an easy hop in and out. They are getting bolder by the day, often starting their forays in the late afternoon, and continuing off and on all night long. On the bright side, at least I’m sleeping better, not stressing out about the damage they might be causing.

So many beautiful, tasty, and interesting tomato varieties sampled this year. Loads of photos, descriptions, and recommendations to share. But the battle now is against exhaustion, and against tomatoes rotting before I get a chance to sample them or take decent photos.

Here are just a few teasers —

Apologies in advance for delays with getting seeds out, but I WILL get to them, just not as quickly as usual. Lately, I’ve been sending out seed requests just once a week, rather than the more typical frequency of 3-4 times per week. It’s just the nature of this beast — a very BIG bite this year, seeming, at times, to be more than I can handle. Best get at least a little sleep.

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Update 11/04/22022

Recent minor snowstorm, followed by 15.3°F temperature. Deer have pretty much cleaned up all but the tiny tomatoes from the main tomato patch. Now they are working on the extra vines that are still in 3.5″ pots – those seedlings that never found a home, but many still managed to send roots into the ground and produce some tomatoes. They have been covered with row cover fabric, but the deer pretty much ripped that to shreds, so I removed it. Following video was taken from 20′ away with the aid of a headlamp. They are so bold, at least when I move slowly and remain quiet!

Cleaning up the leftovers

Tomato Patch – cleaned up, snowed on

Abundance and Overflow

Harvesting of tomatoes for seed saving has finally been completed, about 10 hours ago, in the high winds, cold rain, and plummeting temperatures of an approaching cold front and storm. It’s snowing outside now, with low temperatures of around 21°F (“RealFeel”) forecast in about 28 hours. That’s a hard freeze, a season-ending freeze for sure.

Here is what the tomato patch looked like at the end of the harvest:

Tomato Patch at End of 2022 Harvest

Some may suggest this is a surfeit of tomatoes for seed saving: Some 2,000 batches of seed saving at some stage from something like 877 varieties (sorry for excessive sibilance, sometimes I simply cannot suppress such urges).

At the moment, all shelf space, nearly all floor space, and now even the entire seed room are packed with batches of tomatoes waiting for me to get my act together and process them for seed extraction.

Overflow of Tomatoes for Seed Saving

This is, of course, in addition to the hundreds of batches shown in the video in my last post, “Ultramarathoning Revisited“.

I have taken only a few plants into the cellar this fall, placing them under metal halide lights to hopefully set and ripen more fruits over the winter. Not holding out a lot of hope, however, as this strategy had not proven very successful.

When daylight returns in a few hours, I still need to harvest peppers, eggplant, basil, potatoes, and other small seeds before the serious cold sets in. Harvesting all of those tomatoes just sapped me of time and energy.

Fortunately, I have had many neighbors, around 30 people total, who have helped with tomato harvesting, both for seed saving and their own use – a special thanks to AD especially! 👍 Altogether, we probably harvested over 3,000 lbs. of tomatoes, leaving less than 1,000 lbs. still on the vines or on the ground for the deer, birds, mice, insects, fungi and bacteria to clean up. We just could not get to them all – 2022 has been an outstanding year for tomatoes, at least around here!

Now to really focus on seed extraction and saving. I estimate 800 hours of work left to do to get all tomato seeds extracted, dried and packaged from the abundant 2022 harvest. And I would very much like to get all of that done by November 1st.

Sadly, somehow, the math does not work out. So patience is appreciate from those looking for seeds from many excellent new (to me) varieties from 2022.

Meanwhile, seeds of more than 2,500 tomato varieties are available now:


And for a teaser of what is, or very soon will be available from the 2022 harvest, see the file, “List of 913 Varieties Planted in 2022” published here:

Delectation of Tomatoes Files Shared

If you are thinking, “nobody should ever attempt to grow so many varieties in one growing season”, my reply would be, “I could not agree more”.

But have you ever heard me claim to have a grip on some semblance of sanity? 🤪

Ultramarathoning Revisited

Just a short, mid-month update. This time of year really tries my endurance and conscientiousness, much as described in last year’s post, “Adventures in Ultramarathoning“. Similar principles and struggles, mostly in the realm of, “how the devil am I going to find the time to do all of this!”

First light frost is very likely tonight; that is, within the next six hours. Tomato harvesting, at least for seed saving, is about 75% complete. Thankfully several relatives and neighbors have been helping with the harvest, and with finding a good home for the extra tomatoes. The following photos depict a pickup truck, loaded down twice, representing maybe 20% of the extra tomatoes this season. “Extra” referring to those in excess of what I need for seed saving.

Regrettably, with such a late start in 2022, nearly all of the extra tomatoes have started ripening in October, and I have no opportunity (time, personnel, energy) to try to get these to market. So it’s a “Free for All”. There is a lot of poverty in this small town of 1,300, so resentment doesn’t enter the equation. I would have to drive 30 minutes to take them to the nearest farmers market, and neglect the hundreds of hours of urgent work while making the trip.

Here’s just a glimpse of what it looks like indoors, where I am eyeballs-deep into processing tomatoes for seed saving.

Significant changes since the above video was taken two days ago, including spillover into the shower and the office of batches of tomatoes waiting for me to get to them.

Between the numerous invasion of deer recently, the hailstorm on October 1st (see previous blog post), and much unavoidable trampling while harvesting, vines in the tomato patch are looking well paste their prime. And with frost pending, the following videos will likely be the last weekly videos of living tomato vines for the season.

Tomato Patch 12 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 13 Weeks After Transplanting Completed

I hardly know where to begin with all the wonderful, beautiful, intriguing new tomato varieties that I have been harvesting and tasting over the past couple of weeks. Below are just a few teasers.

How I wish I could keep up with it all!

I have harvested at least 10 Domingo tomatoes weighing in at over 1.5 lbs. But this has not bee the biggest of the year. That honor goes to the variety Diamante, with the heaviest coming in at 1.936 lb

Hopefully much more than teasers to blog about at the end of October!.

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First frost of fall – a very light one. Remnants of hail damage can also be seen in the following photo: shredded, dried leaves all over the weed barrier fabric.

First Frost of Fall

All tomatoes need for seed saving have now (October 17th) been from the main tomato patch. Left to harvest: the overflow section, rows 17 and 18, which contain 187 tomato vines representing 119 varieties. Harvesting in this section is only 3% completed. I have a large tarp ready to cover the vines when serious frost is forecast to hit next weekend following the first low pressure to come into this area in several weeks.

The weather here has been absolutely wonderful every day since September 13th, with highs ranging from 70 to 84°F, and lows ranging from 41 to 60° officially — though my thermometer recorded 37° last night. Plenty of sunshine, very little wind, and so pleasant to work outside, harvesting tomatoes for seeds.

Now the real work begins: processing about 700 more batches of tomatoes for seed saving. Ultramarathoning every day — just too bad my body forces sleep upon me. Is there an “anti-hibernation” pill that can keep me fully awake and alert, 24-7, until Spring returns?

What a Riot of Tomato Diversity!

Tomato harvesting for this season is about 25% complete, while processing for seeds is about 20% complete. The ripening of so many tomato varieties in such a short period of time is analogous to a profusion of blossoms opening in Spring in an amazingly diverse flower garden. With the obvious difference that you can actually EAT these and use them in all kinds of wonderful recipes!

Small Sample of Tomato Harvest, Late September 2022

I’ve not yet taken the time to label these photos, let alone transcribe field notes about productivity, flavor, etc. But rest assured, there are many remarkably delicious tomato varieties this year, as well as a number of impressively productive ones.

Regrettably, I have been unable to manage the time to do – well, so much that needs to be done this time of year. One hour of harvesting translates to at least 10 hours of processing for seed collecting. And 100 hours per week of intensive effort really needs to be 100 hours per day in order to keep up. Let’s just say, “It’s starting to stink of rotting tomatoes!”

At a minimum, I am making an effort to keep this list of varieties for which seeds are available up-to-date:


Deer have breached the barrier of the deer fencing several times now and are starting to do some serious damage. A couple of hours ago, I caught two of the critters in the middle of the tomato patch, enjoying a feast. I chased them out, wondering how they could so easily escape. Well, they just sauntered through a breach in the corner where they had chewed or at least pushed their way through loop ties that had connected the netting to the corner post (railroad tie). Just a little stooping made passage easy for them. Deer in this neighborhood have found the richest jackpot in the county, so of course they will be back – again and again and again. Below is some evidence I found the day before:

Deer Have Hit the Jackpot!

So much more in mind to write, but that mind is screaming for some sleep…

Following are short videos of the main garden patch taken the past two weeks. It’s amazing how many ripe tomatoes are not visible when viewed from a distance. But, get in close and move some vines around, and wow, there are thousands! Though the majority of them are still green.

Tomato Patch 10 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 11 Weeks After Transplanting Completed

At least I have been getting some good help with harvesting from neighbors! It’s so much faster for me to have two or three people helping with the task, and they get to take home loads of interesting and tasty tomatoes!

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Update October 1st

Intense thunderstorm early this morning, dropping about 3 cm of rain. This included some serious hail. However, I was too tired/lazy to drag myself and out of bed and visually witness the very loud hailstorm. I did record some of the consequences —

Hail Damage October 01, 2022

Essentially, all the cucurbit leaves were severely damaged. Brassicas and other greens suffered moderate damage. Many exposed tomato leaves were shredded. The damage to the tomato patch was the equivalent of maybe 1,000 tomato hornworms, all in a matter of minutes. Fortunately, most of the foliage was fairly thick, so damage to fruits themselves was probably minor, at least of the green tomatoes. Heavy rainstorms over the past week have resulted in extensive fruit splitting. That’s not really a problem for seed saving, except that the effected fruits will rot much more quickly, and I need all the time I can get for them to remain intact as there are some 300 batches of already harvested ahead of them, waiting for me to find the time to process for seed extraction.

Heavy rains in the high desert of eastern Utah? There have been at least 20 rain events over the past four months, which is more than I have seen in many years. Tomato vines and other garden veggies have loved the rain – nothing like a good thunderstorm to stimulate rapid and lush growth!

The water year just ended yesterday (September 30th), and this region (Lower Green) is showing 105% of average rainfall (NRCS precipitation data). An enormous snowfall this winter is needed to refill the reservoirs in Utah and other western states.

Heat, Hurricane, and Avalanche

Highest temperature recorded this September was 106.3° F on September 6th.  Yes you read that right – 106° in the high deserts (6,200’ elevation) of Utah in September!

In sharp contrast and relief, but equally as unusual, Hurricane Kay has brought substantial rainfall to the area, especially the other corner of the state: 

Hurricane Kay in Utah

Really now, how often do you read “hurricane” and “Utah” in the same sentence?

Hurricane Kay Dumping Rain

So far, at least 2 cm of rain have fallen here, and daytime temperatures dropped by over 30°.  Relief also comes in the form of saving time:  I have been spending up to 12 hours per week watering by hand during the hottest days of summer.

The tomato AVALANCHE is in high gear – drowning, swamping, overwhelming, burying (remain calm, breath…). It took me two days to harvest tomatoes just from the original exclosure, there there are about 350 tomato vines. Then it has taken me ten days to process those tomatoes for seed saving – and I’m still a week away from getting all of those seeds to the point of drying on plates.

Falling Behind…

How I wish I did not need to sleep and had the energy I had at age 25! But nobody really wants to hear complaints and lamentations – I just do what I can, and once again, the word of the day (or rather season) is “TRIAGE“.

Here is an example from just a couple of hours ago. While scouting for hornworms in the main tomato patch (yes, I spend significant time in the tomato patch at night – loving my new headlamp…), I just could not resist harvesting these 21 (mostly) beautiful tomatoes from two vines, variety Dagma’s Perfection (fruity, sweet, so tasty…) —

The four fruits at the top of this photo of 21 illustrate these four fairly common problems:

  1. Blossom end rot – from inconsistent watering; in the main tomato patch, this is only the second fruit noticed with BER — just one among many advantages of a drip irrigation system!
  2. Sunscald – a week of record or near record-high temperatures in early September
  3. Consumption by tomato hornworms – <100 tomatoes affected so far this year, despite limited efforts at controlling them
  4. Splitting – again from inconsistent watering, in this case likely resulting from recent heavy rain

Original title of this blog post was to be, “More Than Circumstantial Evidence”; however, the following observation is more anecdotal than significant.

Yesterday (September 14th) evening around dusk, I exited the house with the intent to close the gate to the tomato patch.  Immediately, a buck mule deer jumped from somewhere and bounded to the back (south) side, outside of the tomato patch to join it’s two companion garden destructors.  Needless to say, vocal cords were but one tool to chase off the trio.  A few moments later, I encountered this more-than-circumstantial evidence of invasion into the tomato patch, three rows in, near the middle:

Maybe I got to the tomato patch just in the nick of time and scared the s*** (sugar babies) out of the invader! Motion sensing light confirmed to scare off a neighbor’s cat – will it work for deer?

“Tomato Tangle” is now an understatement. After some frustration (not to mention severe time pressure), I’ve abandoned all hope of getting all tomato vines tied up this year. Many of these vines are now so long, and heavily laden with tomatoes, that trying to tie them up results in vine breakage and fruits falling off. Perhaps if I could transform into an arachnid-human chimera, with 4 to 6 arms available for manipulating and moving vines…

Tomato Patch 8 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 9 Weeks After Transplanting Completed

A few other plants are also (I’m only 99% made of tomatoes) growing well. I’ve been eating spinach, kale, or broccoli leaves every day, along with more than a few tomatoes. Even cucumbers added to my diet – variety Muromoski was jus 46 days from seed to eating stage!

Back at it…

The Great Tomato Tangle

To date, I have managed to tie up less than 30% of the tomato vines. Obviously, tomato harvest goes much faster when vine tangling is minimized. At this point, with some vines approaching 10′ long in all directions, it takes up to 10 minutes to untangle and tie up just one vine. Multiply by maybe 800 vines that need it and – yikes! What a jumbled jungle! Here’s one shot from August 25th –

Tomato Jungle!

Two latest weekly videos documenting rapid growth of tomato vines –

Tomato Patch 6 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 7 Weeks After Transplanting Completed

To date (August 31st), approximately 100 batches of tomatoes have made it through the second phase of processing: taking field notes, photos, sampling, setting aside for fermentation.  This in the neighborhood of about 1% of the work needed this season before all seeds are processed, dried, packaged, inventoried, and ready to go.

So many varieties of tomatoes already harvested – where do I even start? How about a very small one, and the first two tomatoes harvested to top 1 lb. — though there are several larger ones still green –

The weather has been very cooperative the past couple of weeks – high temperatures mostly under 95° F, occasional thunderstorms, some wind to help with pollination. Still, many blossoms are dropping; Curly Top virus is still killing scores of plants; hornworms are still prevalent; and frost could be here within 3-4 weeks. Many megablooms, profiled in last month’s blog, have failed. Some vines, such as Estonian Yellow Cherry, are absolutely loaded with blossoms, though most of them have fallen by now, unpollinated. However, a heat wave is just starting! At least for larger-fruited varieties, if blossoms have not set fruit by now, they will have little chance of setting fruit and ripening before first fall frost.

There are a number of hard-working, unpaid, underappreciated assistants –

Preying Mantis
Black Widow Spider

Not all strictly tomatoes – I have a bit of an aesthetic streak as well, and a few hundred plants are not tomato vines.

Many gardeners who are familiar with Delectation of Tomatoes may not be familiar with documents of interest that are located on the associated Google Drive. These files are shared publicly at:

DT Shared Files

Contributions to these files are particularly welcome and appreciated, as I depend heavily upon feedback from other growers:

DT Big Tomato List

Tastiest Tomatoes

Heat Tolerant Varieties

Container Varieties

Dwarf and Smaller-vined varieties

Very Productive Varieties

Extra Early Tomato Varieties DT Disclosure

September is moments away – LET THE TOMATO AVALANCHE BEGIN! [and farewell to sleep…] 😴

30,000 Tomato Blossoms

Just a quick update on the progress of the main tomato patch.

Aside from 70 or so vines killed by or dying from Curly Top Virus, virtually all of the ~1,320 tomato vines have fruit set, or at least have blossoms open now. Some of these vines, likely of the cherry tomato sort, have more than 150 open blossoms per vine! Rough counts, estimates, and extrapolation puts the total number of tomato blossoms open now at 30,000 at a minimum, though likely closer to 40,000 or more.

Tomato Patch 3 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 4 Weeks After Transplanting Completed
Tomato Patch 5 Weeks After Transplanting Completed

Impediments to fruit set, in probable order of importance:

  1. Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) devouring pollen – there are tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of thrips in the patch
  2. Low humidity – ideal is 40-70% relative humidity; but in this high desert climate, 5-20% is much more common
  3. High daytime temperature – 70-85°F is ideal for tomatoes; over 94° means certain failure of blossoms for many varieties
  4. Low quantity of pollinating insects – there are more than in previous years, but much work still needs to be done to attract bumblebees and other native pollinators. Some birds (i.e. Western Kingbirds) and predatory insects (especially robber flies) prey on the pollinators, though the extent of their impact is likely minor
  5. Curly Top virus – killing entire tomato vines obviously means not useful fruit set
  6. Tomato hornworms – though they have not killed any tomato vines outright, they have severely damaged a few vines.

Next year, I intend to keep tomato vines covered most of the time with row cover fabric. This should help significantly with problems 1, 5 and 6.

As of today (August 19th), there are at least 3,000 tomatoes either processed for seeds, harvested and awaiting processing, ripe on the vine awaiting harvest, or green and growing. Already I am significantly behind with processing – and I feel a tomato avalanche coming on!

Of course the real challenge begins after fruit set: getting all of these 650+ varieties to produce at least a few ripe tomatoes suitable for seed saving before fall frost sets in – which could happen within 3-4 weeks. Really hoping for at least 8 more weeks to the growing season!

The Secret (?) to Inducing Megablooms on Tomato Vines

If you are interested in growing really BIG tomatoes, weighing 3 lbs. or more, you will almost certainly need to focus on tomatoes which emerge from megablooms. That is, from fused ovaries, resulting in fused pedicles, blossoms, and eventually tomatoes that are lobed and often bizarre shaped.

Although some have claimed to have grown 3-, even 5-pound tomatoes from blossoms with a single ovary, I have yet to see such claims clearly documented. Some varieties, including Domingo (the current world record holder at 10.80 lbs.), produce enormous tomatoes from tightly fused blossoms. A big clue that you’re dealing with a potential megabloom is to look at the pedicle in a forming flower bud. If you see any grooving, this indicates two or more blossoms will be fused. You can often determine how many fused blossoms you are dealing with by counting the number of grooves: 1 groove indications a double, 2 grooves a triple and so on – see photos that follow.

The challenge for many competitive growers of giant tomatoes is, “How do I get the largest megablooms possible?” Obviously, you’ve got to start with the right genetics. I’ve seen the occasional fused blossom even among some cherry tomato varieties. But those are just interesting. To get the really huge tomatoes, you’ve got to consider which varieties have produced giant tomatoes for other growers.

For starters, consider the spreadsheet titled “DT Big Tomato List” published here: DT Shared Files. This lists over 320 varieties which have been grown to over 2 lbs. The tab labeled “3+ lb.” lists 34 varieties which have been documented to grow to at least 3 lbs. Seeds of nearly all of these varieties can be found at:

Delectation of Tomatoes, Seeds

After obtaining good genetic material (seeds), the next big question is, “How to induce young tomato seedlings to produce megablooms?” I will try to answer this question, briefly, based upon my experience.

My best year for growing giant tomatoes was 2014. That year, I incorporated up to 6″ of rich, homemade compost into the giant tomato beds (see blog posts from 2014). Lots of rich, balanced compost and feeding is critical for rapid growth of vines and tomatoes.

But for the moment, I want to focus on temperature. In 2014, I grew my biggest tomatoes in a heated high tunnel. Even from a very young age, seedlings were kept at very warm temperatures, sometimes exceeding 100° F. They were never allowed to be exposed to sub-50° temperatures.

This year I do not have access to a high tunnel. But I’ve done my best to not expose young seedlings to cold temperatures, and I have that 6,000 square-foot covering of black weed barrier fabric! During the heat of the afternoon on sunny, summer days, the surface is very hot to the touch. And, 18″ above the surface, I’ve often recorded temperatures in the 100-106° range.

Also, for the main tomato patch and the grow bags, I skipped the ‘potting up to 3-1/2″ pots phase’ and transplanted directly from plug trays into the garden. These plug trays were mollycoddled – taken in and out of the house many times to keep temperatures moderated and to adapt young seedlings to outdoor conditions.

It seems to me that at least these two factors are critical in the early stages of seedling growth:

1) Keep seedlings very warm and well fed so that they will grow very fast
2) Minimize root disturbance to avoid setbacks and delays in seedling growth.

With that said, I have not come close to scouring the entire tomato patch for megablooms. But here are a few that have been hard to miss as I water, weed, and monitor the growing plants – (Update – the last 16 photos were added on 8-19-2022)

One very impressive Domingo megabloom appears to be at least a 6x, paired with a 3X on the same peduncle. [Update August 1st – one of the most promising megablooms in years is now irrelevant, as the plant developed Curly Top Virus]

Having good genetics, warm soil, plenty of rich organic matter, and megablooms is just the beginning, however. Next up for me is figuring out how to get these blossoms to produce lots of viable pollen, and then getting that pollen to successfully pollinate the flowers.

This is a very dry climate (6,200′ high desert), where relative humidity often drops below 10%. For July, daytime temperatures have often topped 95°, with it even warmer just above the weed barrier fabric. As mentioned in blog posts over the past couple of years, obtaining pollen to hand-pollinate megablooms has been a huge challenge.

A high tunnel, covered with shade cloth, could greatly increase humidity and moderate the temperature somewhat. But I don’t have a high tunnel yet. Perhaps that will be the major project for 2023.

Check back for my next blog post to see how many of these megablooms have set fruit. Looking closely, you can see that one (Chudo Selektsyi) already has. On the other hand, many blossoms, including megablooms, have withered and died in the dry heat.

Tomato hornworms continue to cause some damage; but that amounts to less than 1/10th of 1%, as I continue to remove them by hand (at least 50 of them to date), and most tomato vines are growing so fast that the few hornworms I’ve missed cannot keep up.

Curly Top Virus (CTV – transmitted by beet leafhoppers) is rapidly becoming a serious problem, with at least 60 plants affected (meaning they are useless and will die), and more showing symptoms every day.

My solution is to purchase row cover fabric, cover the entire tomato patch, and keep it covered all season long unless I am working on a section. This should keep out the leafhoppers, five spotted hawk moths, grasshoppers, and other pests. Unfortunately, also the pollinators. But I don’t yet have very many of those anyhow.

To date (July 31, 2022), about 50 tomato varieties have produced ripe fruits. Most of these ripe tomatoes have come from leftover seedlings still in 3-1/2″ pots. The very first ones were Beaver Lodge Plum, Totushka, and Utyonok.

The first variety to ripen in the large pots was Sibirski Skorospelyi, with several others following. I am already back-logged with processing tomatoes for seed extraction! The first variety to set fruit in the main tomato patch was Early Ssubakus Aliana.

Even with such intense focus on growing tomatoes for seed saving, there are a few other types: peppers, basil (9 varieties this year), squash, lettuce, and some very late planted melons and cucumbers.

These Egyptian Walking onions seem to be very hardy. They were planted as bulbs in October, 2020 in a very poor location with very rocky soil (gravel), and received minimal care. I divided about 13 bulbs into about 50 cloves, and they are growing very well in grow bags now.

I’ve replaced around 15 plants in the main tomato patch, most of them due to CTV. I am running out of reasons to keep the backup seedlings in plug trays still alive, especially since there are still more than 700 extra, reasonably healthy seedlings still in 3.5″ pots.

I estimate that the combination of weed barrier fabric and drip hoses controls weeds on about 98% of the tomato patch. What a huge relief! Weeds have been the bane of my existence for many years. Here is what happens with water and no weed barrier –

Here is a short video of the tomato patch on July 21st, one week after transplanting completed.

Tomato Patch as of July 21, 2022

And here it is, one week later, following very rapid growth. About 80% of tomato plants have blossoms, or at least sizeable flower buds. This included young plants from seeds planted as late as June 6th.

Tomato Patch as of June 28, 2022, two weeks after transplanting completed

Next up: tie up and trellis tomato vines! The original deer exclosure is rapidly becoming impenetrable because of luxuriant growth of vines. And the earliest vines in the main tomato patch are filling in rapidly.

T-posts (56 of them) and baler twine have been purchased and await my investment of time and energy for installation.

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Update, August 1st –
Intense afternoon thunderstorm that was not in the forecast this morning! A very welcome relief, likely >1″ of rain in spots, very unusual in this area. Flash flood warning issued. Tomato patch seems to be fine. Another advantage of weed barrier fabric: no mud splashing onto plants!

Following is a bare list of the 913 varieties of tomatoes that I planted from seed in 2022. Please note:


More than 50 varieties had zero germination, several that germinated have since died (mostly due to CTV), and I am not attempting to save seeds from another 30+ varieties. Also, several of these are not legitimate “varieties”; and hybrid, F1, F2 etc. status are not indicated here.

It will likely be at least December 1st before a draft list of “Fresh 2022” seeds will be ready, and December 31st before a final list is ready. See blog posts from October-December, 2021 to get an idea about why I am so “slow” with processing seeds and updating data.


42 Days
6 Pound Giant
A Grappoli d’Iverno
AAA Sweet Solano “Ruffled”
ABC Potato Leaf
Abe Lincoln
Accordion bicolor pink
Accordion bicolor red
Ace 55
Aces High
Adah’s Potato Leaf
African Queen
African Togo “Trefle”
African Togo Dwarf
Ailsa Craig
Aladin’s Lamp
Alice’s Dream
Alosha Popovich
Altaechka Big Round
Altaechka Oxheart
Altaechka Plum
Altaechka Pointed Pink Plum
Altaiskiy Oranzhevyi
Amazon Chocolate
Amazon Chocolate Fused
Amber Colored
Ambrosia Gold
American Ribbed Orange
Amethyst Cream
Amethyst Jewel
Amish Canning
Amish Paste
Amish Stripe
Amurski Tigr
Amy’s Apricot
Amy’s Sugar Gem
Ananas Noire
Andy’s Buckflats Wonder
Angel Heart
Angelo’s Red
Angora Orange
Angora Super Sweet
Anmore Treasures
Anna’s Kentucky
Apple Tree
Apricot Zebra
Arad’s Pink Heart
Ararat Flamed
Artisan Green Tiger
Artisan Pink Tiger
Auld Sod
Aunt Eula’s Rockhouse Yellow
Aunt Ginny’s Purple
Aunt Madges
Aunt Ruby’s German Green
Aunt Swarlo’s Polish Plum
Aunty Lucy’s Italian Paste
Auria, Dwarf
Australian Giant
Babushkin Sekret
Babylon’s Glow
Barnes Mountain Orange
Bart’s Best
Beauty King
Beaverlodge Plum
Belarus Orange
Belaya Vishnya
Belgian Beauty
Belgium Triumph
Belle Angevine
Belle du College
Belle Star
Berkeley Tie-dye
Berkeley Tie-Dye Heart
Better than Cherry
Bianco Grande
Big Bill
Big Bite
Big Braggart
Big Dwarf
Big Mama
Big Marley
Big McHenry
Big Orange
Big Ray’s Argentina Paste
Big Red
Big Tomato
Big Yellow, Simpson
Big Zac
Big Zac (3.14)
Big Zac (4.82)
Big Zac (5.42)
Big Zebra
Bijskij Zeltyi
Bill Bean Select
Birdie Jaune
Black Bear
Black Beauty
Black Brandywine
Black Cherry
Black Early
Black Ethiopian
Black Fire
Black from Tula
Black Krim
Black Mamba
Black Mountain Pink
Black Mystery
Black Russian
Black Zebra
Black’s Brown Boar
Blanche de Prusse
Blane’s Surpriz Beefsteak
Blonde Boar
Blue Beech
Blue Berries
Blue Fade
Blue Fruit
Blue Keyes
Blue Suede Shoes
Bo unknown 1
Bo unknown 2
Bol’shaya Nina
Bonne du Rossillion
Bonny Best
Borgo Cellarno
Bosque Blue Bumblebee
Brad’s Atomic Grape
Brandy Boy
Brandy Sweet Plum
Brandywine from Croatia, PL
Brandywine True Black
Brandywine, Apricot
Brandywine, Glick’s
Brandywine, Heart-shaped
Brandywine, Pink
Brandywine, Red
Brandywine, Red, Landis Valley
Brandywine, Sudduths
Brandywine, True Black
Brazilian Beauty
Break O’ Day
Brin de Muguet
Brook Pack
Brutus Magnum
Buckbee’s New 50 Day
Buckman’s Beauty
Budenovka Rozovaya
Buffalo Heart Giant
Bull’s Heart
Bumble Bee
Bunte Pflaume
Burraker’s Favorite
Bush Beefsteak
Bush Goliath Pink
Butter n’ Eggs
Buttermilk Falls
Butterworth’s Potato Leaf
Buzau 22
Bychki Serdtsevidnyie
Bych’ye Serdtse Baby Mashi
Bychye Serdtse Rozovoye Ostroye
Bych’ye Serdtse Vystavochnoye
Ca Chua Hong
Cade’s Cove Red Currant
Cal Ace
Calabacita Roja
Cali Orange
Camp Joy
Canestrino di Lucca
Captain Lucky
Carmela’s Yellow Stripe
Carol Chyko’s Big Paste
Casady’s Folly
Casino Chips
Caspian Pink
Celebrity (F4)
Celebrity, Antho
Champagne Bubbles
Chapman Special
Charlie Chaplin
Chef’s Choice Orange
Chernoe Serdtse
Cherokee Chocolate
Cherokee Chocolate Tiger
Cherokee Lemon
Cherokee Lime
Cherokee Lime Stripes
Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Red
Cherokee Tiger Black
Chestnut Chocolate
Chianti Rose
Chinese Paste
Chinese Purple
Chio Chio San
Chocolate Cherry
Chocolate Pear
Chocolate Sprinkles
Chornyi Krupnyi s Nosikom
Chris’ Greek Mama
Chris Ukrainian
Chudo Selektsyi
Chudo Zemli
Chudo Zemli Oranzhevoye
Chudo Zvita
Churra Plum
Cindy’s West Virginia
Claude Brown’s Yellow Giant
Cleota Pink
Coastal Pride
Coastal Yellow Egg
Coeur de Boeuf de Nice
Coeur de Strie de Pessac
Coeur de Surpriz
Coko Ladini
Colgar 100
Containers Choice
Coorong Pink
Copper River
Cosmonaut Volkov
Costoluto Fiorentino
Costoluto Genovese
Cour de Bue
Cow’s Tit
Crimson Sockeye
Crimson Sprinter
Criollo Argentino
Croatian Heart
Crovarese Grape
Csikos Botermo
Cuban Black
Cuban Flower
Cuban Pepper Like
Cuneo Giant Pear
Cuore del Drago
Cuore di Capra
Cuore di Toro
Czech Bush
DaCosta’s Portuguese
Dad’s Mug
Dagma’s Perfection
Dana’s Dusky Rose
Dancing With Smurfs
Dansk Export
Dark Galaxy
David’s Ivory Pineapple
Davis Yellow
De Barao Rosoviy
De Barao Tsarskiy Krasnyi Ukrainskiy
Dean’s Green Dwarf
Ded Ivan
Delano Green Ripe
Delice De Neuilly
Delicious, Gordon Graham
Delta Diver
Der Kleine Doctor
DeWeese Streaked
Dinner Plate
Dirty Little Chicken
Domaca Pfarrgarten
Domingo X Blackfire
Domingo X Libanaise des Montagnes 1
Domingo X Libanaise des Montagnes 2
Don Camillo
Dos Cociols
Dot’s Delight
Dr. Buresh Pink Italian
Dr. Lyle
Dr. Sud’s Capon Bridge
Dr. Wyche’s Yellow
Dragon’s Eye
Drug (Dzhan)
Duggin White
Dwarf Awesome
Dwarf Emerald Giant
Dwarf Golden Champ
Dwarf Jasmine Yellow
Dwarf Mister Snow
Dwarf Mocha’s Cherry
Dwarf Mr. Snow
Dwarf Purple Heart
Dwarf Red Heart
Dwarf Rosella Crimson
Dwarf Solokah & Dwarf Wax
Dwarf Suz’s Beauty & Dwarf Wild Fred
Dwarf Zyska
Dya Dya Stopu
Dyvo bicolor
Eagle Fork Big Red
Earl of Edgecombe
Earl’s Best Canner
Earl’s Faux
Earl’s First Early
Earl’s Red Beefsteak
Early Cascade
Early Girl (OP)
Early Harvest
Early Kus Ali
Early Ssubakus Aliana
Early Swedish
Early Wonder
Eh Lim
El Dorado
Elgin Pink
Elser’s Brown Derby
Epstein’s Potato Leaf
Ernie’s Plump X Ananas Noir
Esmeralda Golosina
Estonian Yellow Cherry
Eva Purple Ball X Big Beef
Evan’s Purple Pear
Everett’s Rusty Oxheart
Evil Olive
Extreme North
Fat Frog
Father Frost
Favorie de Bretagne
Feather Firebird
Ferris Wheel
Fioletovyi Kruglyi
Fleur de Reagir
Florentine Beauty
Fourth of July (PL, OP)
Franchi Giant Pear
Frank’s Large Red
Fred Limbaugh Potato Top
Frembgens Rheinlands Ruhm
Gajo de Melon
Garden Peach
Garden Red Pride
Garnet X Black Krim
Gary Ibsen’s Gold
Gary’O Sena
Geante de Tezier
Georgia Green
Georgia Streak
Germaid Red
German Big
German Orange
German Pink
German Queen
Gezahnte Buhrer-Keel
Ghost Cherry
Giant Belgium
Giant Heart Climber
Giant Italian Paste
Giant King
Giant of Siebenbergen
Giant Syrian
Giant Tree
Giant Yellow Florentine
Giant Yugoslavian
Gift of the Woodlands
Gigant Kuby
Gigant Pelina
Gigant-10 Novikova
Gilbert Italian Plum
Gilbert Ochsenberz
Gilbertie Paste
Girl Girl’s Wild Thing
Giuseppe’s Big Boy
Glazer’s Giant
Globe Cherry
Gobstopper/Golden King of Siberia
Golden Currants/Golden Rave
Goldman’s Italian-American
Goluboy Les
Good to Gold
Goose Creek
Goose Creek Black
Grand Belgium
Grandma Mary
Grandma Oliver’s Chocolate
Granny Cantrell’s German Pink
Grape Sausage
Great Divide
Great White
Greek Asemina
Greek Domata
Green Doctor’s
Green Doctors Frosted
Green Gage
Green Grape
Green Sausage
Green Tiger
Gribnoe Lukoshko
Grosse Verte Rose
Grubs Mystery Green
Grusha Rozovaya
Guernsey Island
Hahms Gelbe Topftomate
Haley’s Purple Comet
Hamson DX 52-12
Hardin’s Miniature
Hawaiian Orange Cherry
Hawaiian Pineapple
Hawaiian Red Cherry
Hazel Mae
Heart of Ashgabat
Heinz 1350
Herb Taylor Golden
Hercegovina Red Ramski
Hippie Heart
Honey Drop Cherry
Honey Nails
Humboldtii Wild Pink
Hungarian Heart
Hybrid 2 Tarasenko
Ildi Sunnyside/Inca Jewels
Imur Prior Beta
Indian Moon
Indian River
Indian Stripe
Indian Zebra
Indiana Red
Indigo Apple
Indigo Pear Drops
Indigo Rose
Indische Fleisch
IPK T 1176
Irish Liquor
Isalnita Cu Cutie
Isbell’s Golden Colossal
Isis Brandy
Isis Candy
Ispolin Malinovyi
Italian Crossa
Italian Giant
Italian Heirloom
Italian Ice
Italian Sweet
Italian Tree
Iva’s Red Berry
Ivory Pear
Jabuchar Velika Plana
Jean’s Prize
Jelly Bean
Jenkins Creek
Jerry’s German Giant
Jersey Breeze
Jersey Devil
John Henry
Judge Jack Miller Australian Heart
Judson Bicolor
June Pink
Justine Heart
Kanadskoye Naslediye
Kangaroo Paw Red
Kapidag Red
Kavkazskiy Velikan
Kayleigh’s Large Pink
Kazabalykskiy Superranniy
Kazachka Purple
Kazakhstanskiy Domashniy
Kellogg’s Breakfast
Kenigsberg Serdtesvidniy
Kenilworth King George
Kentucky Pink Stamper
Kim’s Civil War Oxheart
King Aramis
King Kong
Kinkan Orange
Königin der Nacht
Korol’ Gigante
Korol Sibiri
Korol Sisin
Kovrovskiye Malinovyie
Kozula #132
Kozula #139
Kozula #186
Kozula #25
Krasnaya Mishen’
Kremlin Chiming Clock
Krymskaya Pipochka
Kukla’s Portuguese Heart
Kustanayskaya Pipochka
Kvadratnyi iz Irana
Large Barred Boar
Latah Sunnyside Plum
Leadbeatter’s Lunker
Lemon Drop
Lenny & Gracie’s KY H Yellow
Les’s Sweet Japanese
Letniy Sidr
Lime Prince
Linhart’s Giant
Linneaus Heart
Lithium Sunset
Little Lucky Heart
Livingston’s Favorite
Livingston’s Magnus
Livingston’s Stone
Lovely Lush
Lover’s Lunch
Loxton Lad
Lucky Cross
Lyagushka Tsarevna
Maddeline’s Vine Candy
Madison County Pink
Magic Miracle
Magnum Beefsteak
Malakhitovaya Shkatulka
Mallee Rose
Marcy’s Mystery
Marianna’s Peace
Marizol Magic
Martino’s Roma
Maule’s Success
Mayo’s Delight
McClintock’s Big Pink
McMurray #10
Mennonite Orange
Meri’s Croatian
Michael’s Portuguese Monster
Midnight In Moscow
Midnight Snack
Miss Kennedy
Missouri Pink Love Apple
Monkey Ass
Moonlight Mile
Morado di Fitero
Mormon’s World’s Earliest
Mortgage Lifter, Bicolor
Mortgage Lifter, Radiator Charlie
Moscow Pear
Moskovskiye Zvezdy
Mountain Magic
Mountain Spirit
Mrs. Benson
Nahuelbuta Pink
Napa Chardonnay
Napa Rose
Neves Azorean Red
Nevskyi & Nochnaya Svecha
New Yorker
Nochnaya Svecha
Northern Elan
Northern Elan Plum
Northern Queen
Northern Ruby Paste
Novichok Rozovyi
Novosadski Jabuchar
Oaxacan Jewel
Obedennaya Tarelka
Oh My
Old German
Orange Bourgoin
Orange Crush
Orange Minsk
Orange Paruche
Orange Queen
Orange Roussollini
Orangeveyi Oranguntang
Orenco Gold
Osburn Oxheart
O’Sena Black
Oud Holland
Ovi’s Romanian Giant
Ozarna Zebra
Painted Lady
Panamorous BH Series
Pappy Kerns
Paquebot Roma
Paul Robeson
Peach Furry Yellow Hog
Peaches and Cream
Peak of Perfection
Pebrera de Jerica
Pederson’s Beefsteak
Pendulina Orange
Perfection in Pink
Peron Sprayless
Pertsevidnyi Rozovyi
Phuket Egg
PI 129129
Pineapple Heart
Pineapple Pink
Pink Beefsteak
Pink Berkeley Tie-dye
Pink Jazz
Pinky Tuscadero
Plate de Haiti
Podarok Kommersanta
Polesskiy Gigant Tarasenko
Polish Giant
Potato Leaf
Pruden’s Striped
Purple Bumblebee
Purple Dog Creek X Sun X SM
Purple Reign
Purple Russian
Rainbow Dwarf
Raspberry Mochi
Ray’s Greek
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag
Rebel Alliance
Red Alert
Red Charcoal
Red Mustang
Red Snapper
Reif Italian Heart
Reinhard’s Chocolate Heart
Reinhard’s Green Heart
Remy Rouge OP
Rhoades Heirloom
Rhode Island Giant
Rio Sapero
Rosa de Barbastra
Rosalie’s Big Rosy
Rosalie’s Large Paste
Rosao de Aerbe (Ramallet)
Rose Beauty
Rose Quartz
Rosella Purple
Rouge d’Irak
Ruby Gold
Rufous Potato Leaf
Russian Cossack
Russian Dagger
RW Cephei
Sad Sac
Sainte Lucie
Salisaw Café
San Llorens
San Marzano
San Marzano Redorta
Sandul Molodvan
Santa Maria
Sart Roloise
Scary Larry
Schlicht’s Orange Cherry
Schwarze Sarah
Scotland Yellow
Seattle’s Best
Seek No Further Love Apple
Serdtse Ameriki
Serdtse Tibeta
Sergant Pep. X Libanaise des M.
Seven Gnomes Early Dwarf
Sheryl’s Portuguese Red Heart
Shilling Giant
Shokoladnaya Liana
Shokoladnoe Chudo
Siberian Bush
Siberische Appeltomaat
Sibirski Skorospelyi
Slankard’s Oxheart
Slavyanskiy Shedevr
Sleeping Lady
Slezi Drakona
Slovenian Black
Southern Ripe
Spud Viper
Stonor’s Most Prolific
Striped German
Striped Roman
Sturt Desert Pea
Sub-Arctic Maxi
Summer Cider Apricot
Sun Baby
Sungold (OP)
Sungold Select II
Sunrise Bumblebee
Sunsugar (OP)
Super San Marzano
Super Sioux
Sweet Aperitif
Sweet Beverley
Sweet Orange II
Sweet Sue
Swisher Sweet
Sylvan Gaume
Tasty Evergreen
Tel-Aviv Train (dark)
Tequilla Sunrise
Teschchin Yazyk
The Musketeers
The Thong
Thornburn’s Lemon Blush
Thornburn’s Terra Cotta
Tiger Zebra
Todd County Amish
Tomarindo Multicolor
Tony’s Sardinian
Trefle du Togo
Trevor’s Golden Beam
Tyrnovskiy Rozovyi
Uluru Ochre
Uncle Steve’s Oxheart
Vater Rhein na Sinyuke
Vee One
Verde de las Landas
Verna Orange
Vernisazh Zholtyi
Virginia Sweets
Watermelon Beefsteak
Weisnicht’s Ukrainian
West Virginia Straw
White Cherry
White Delight
Whittemore Heirloom
Willard Wynn
Wine Jug
Wisconsin 55 Gold
Wisconsin Chief
Wonder Light
Wooly Kate
Yablochniy Dugosel’skiy
Yasha Yugoslavian
Yellow Pear
Yellow Plum
Yellow Striped Boar
Yoder’s German Pink
Yubileynyi Tarasenko
Yusupovskyi S Fergany
Zeke Dishman
Zimnye Chudo
Zolotyie Gory Medeo
Zurcher Original

Tomato Patch Completed!

July 15th, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

Finally, after exactly 28 days of concerted effort, including a lot of very significant help, transplanting of the main tomato patch is completed, as well as 185 tomato vines planted into the overflow section north of the water supply pipe.

Delectation of Tomatoes, Main Tomato Patch completed, 2022

In the triangular section are 36 much larger “seedlings” that were selected from among the 800+ tomato seedlings in 3-1/2″ pots that are still hoping to find a good home where they can spread their roots and produce delicious tomatoes this season. These are leftovers that I had hoped, but was unable to sell to other growers this year.

Brief summary (numbers approximate until data entered):

977 tomato vines in main garden patch
340 tomato vines in the deer exclosure
1,317 tomato vines total from which I hope to save seeds this year

650 – approximate number of varieties from which I hope to save a significant number of seeds this year.

Question to be answered: Can tomato vines planted from seed as late June 6th, and transplanted as late as July 13th, still produce ripe tomatoes for seed saving before the first killing frost of Fall?

And now, to try to catch up on the many other projects which I have procrastinated due to my intense focus on this modest tomato patch.