Tying Up Tomato Vines, 2016

The majority of heirloom tomato varieties produce on indeterminate vines.  If well cared for, the more aggressive vines can grow to 15 to 20 feet or more in a single season and produce 100+ lbs. of fruit.  You know those tiny, cone-shaped wire “tomato cages”? USELESS for indeterminate tomatoes, decent for peppers or eggplants.

There are numerous brands of larger and stronger tomato cages on the market, ranging from about $11 to $33 each.  I will not endorse any of those because I have not tried them and cannot imagine investing $20 per plant for 2,000 plants.  $40,000 just for supports?  No can do.

Homemade tomato cages made from concrete reinforcing wire or livestock fencing will run you about $6 per cage, so “only” $12,000.  Nope!

The past few years, I’ve settled on 6′ to 7′ T-posts and baler twine for making trellises.  T-posts are not cheap and they take some time and energy to install and remove.  And tying up twine is no small task either.  Cost is about $1.50 per tomato vine, plus an additional 5 cents per plant for new baler twine, unless you choose to reuse the twine.

I’ve settled on a maximum distance of 15′ between T-posts, with 8-10′ being ideal.  The secret to prevent sagging is to anchor the ends of the rows securely and re-tighten as needed:

Tomato Patch, Kanab 7-14-2016 A rev

At both ends of the tomato rows, I use 18″ long sections of rebar, driven into the ground at a 30° angle or so.

Tomato Patch, rebar anchor tomato patch, 7-26-2016 A

For both the twine used for the horizontal tiers (3-4 tiers is adequate) and for anchors, I use loop knots that allow for serious tightening of the twine – the type of knot one would use for tying down a load with tarp.

Tomato Patch, loop knot support, 7-26-2016 A

Note also the Tyvek tags.  I purchase those with wire pre-attached.  They are a little pricey (6.2 cents each) but well worth it, especially if the climate is sunny, windy or rainy; these can stand up to the weather for at least three years.

I’ve been using thinner and cheaper polyethylene twine to separate and tie up tomato vines to the horizontal baler twine.  At the plot in Kanab, here is what tomato rows looked like before tying up:

Tying up tomato vines 7-30-2016 B

And after:

Tying up tomato vines 7-30-2016 A

Stretchy, cloth loop ties are also extremely useful for securing vines to twine:

Tu-it Loop Ties B rev

On another subject, it looks like Valencia Winter Melon will be the first melon variety to ripen this year:

Melon, Valencia 7-28-2016 B rev

This extra early variety is also very tasty and can store for up to four months without spoiling.  Dates back to the 1830’s from Italy.

Corn is doing well, attracting lots of honeybees:

Honey Bees on corn tassles 7-28-2016 C rev2

Peppers are also doing well:

Peppers, Bowman 7-14-2016 B rev

Giant Pumpkins are a bust.  We prepared about 3,000 square feet of space with lots of manure and kept the patch mostly weed free.  Vines had world-class genetics, but it doesn’t matter anymore.  Combing every leaf at least once a day for squash bugs, killing up to 50 per day, destroying all eggs – weeks of this was not enough.  One vine died by mid-July, the other is near death.

The Patch:

Pumpkin, Atlantic Giant, Squash Bug damage 7-28-2016 F

The first vine to die:

Pumpkin, Atlantic Giant, Squash Bug damage 7-28-2016 D

The nearly dead:

Pumpkin, Atlantic Giant, Squash Bug damage 7-28-2016 A

The blasted little buggers – all of these were squashed:

Pumpkin, Atlantic Giant, Squash Bug damage 7-28-2016 C rev

Sometimes it’s tempting to rescind on my vow to not use any chemicals…

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Update 8-10-2016

Here is what’s left of the two world-class giant pumpkin vines planted in Cedar City:

Giant Pumpkin vine Ron 8-8-2016 B rev Giant Pumpkin vine Ron 8-8-2016 A rev

In stark contrast, the squash variety Lunga di Napoli (a Cucurbita moschata cultivar), for the third year in is demonstrating remarkable resistence to squash bugs, powdery mildew and benign neglect, while still growing vigorously and producing very large, tasty fruits.

Squash, Lunga di Napoli NO squash bug 8-8-2016 A rev Squash, Lunga di Napoli NO squash bug 8-8-2016 B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megablooms 2016

Чудо Сада?
Chudo Sada (Garden Miracle) as the variety with the best early megablooms? I might have passed it off as an anomaly, but BOTH Chudo Sada vines have very impressive megablooms, 4X and 5X or more:

Chudo Sada megablooms 6-18-2016 Q Chudo Sada megablooms 6-18-2016 S rev Chudo Sada megablooms 6-18-2016 ZB

At this point, all tomato vines at the Kanab plot are under row cover fabric and are not easily visible:

Tomato low tunnel Kanab 6-16-2016 C rev

But I did check the Big Zac and Delicious plants – a small double blossom here and there, but nothing to compare with Chudo Sada, which isn’t even part of the giant tomato project.  A bit of a head-scratcher at this point, as this variety is listed as growing to 600 g.  We’ll see if huge megablooms translates to huge fruits!

These row covers have just about eliminated attack from Beet Leafhoppers (vectors of Curly Top virus) so far, but at least 50 plants are already busting out and really need to be tied up.

Legumes:  about 40% germination, then about half of those already destroyed by earwigs, etc.

Corn:  excellent germination and doing very well:

Corn Seedlings Kanab 6-16-2016 rev

Cucurbits:  only 7% germination rate – worst I’ve ever seen for such large seeds.  Way too much water.  Hopefully the problem is resolved, but are the seeds still viable?

Peppers: about 70% survival; new growth is just barely beginning.

Several 103’s and 104°F in the forecast – not good news for tomato blossoms…

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Update, 8-5-2016

None of the Chudo Sada blossoms took.  Thousands of other blossoms have withered and died in the heat.  Almost every day for the past month has reached between 95 and 103°F, just too hot for setting fruit.  But there are still hundreds of tomatoes on the vine, some getting ripe, including this impressive looking specimen:

Delicious (4.65 Bieser 2015)
July 5th

Delicious (4.65 Bieser 2015) 7-4-2016 E

July 15th

Delicious (4.65 Bieser 2015) B rev

July 30th

Delicious (1.93 DT 2016 no seeds)(4.65 Bieser 2015) B

It’s a tomato that looks like it could have gone 4 lbs. or more if mollycoddled!  Unfortunately, it ripened prematurely, then rotted on the vine and what was left of it had ZERO seeds.  There are other impressive blossoms or buds on this and several other vines – just need some more moderate temperatures for a few weeks.

 

 

Seeds and seedlings finally in for 2016

It took the better part of a month, but all seeds and seedlings are in the ground for the 2016 growing season at four locations.  I will be focusing almost exclusively on seed production this year.  Here are the varieties, grouped by type, from which I hope to save seeds.

Corn, Earth Tones 10-23-2015 C rev

CORN, Earth Tones Dent

 

     CORN – 14 varieties
Bloody Butcher
Blue Jade
Breeder’s Choice, OP
Candy Mountain
Dakota Black Popcorn
Earth Tones Dent
Glass Gem
Hickory Cane
Incredible F2 (dehybridizing)
Painted Mountain “Stiped” (an offtype – working on…)
Painted Mountain “Yellow” (an offtype – working on…)
Painted Mountain Purple
Strawberry Popcorn
“Tall White” (competition)
“Tall Yellow” (competition)
(Yes, I will be bagging tassels and silks)

     LEGUMES – 55 varieties

Anansazi Blend, Runner Beans; know a bean expert? Have them contact me at dale@gianttomatoseeds.com

Anansazi Blend, Runner Beans; know a bean expert? Have them contact me at dale@gianttomatoseeds.com

“Anasazi Blend”
(More another time…)
Asian Yard Long
Asparagus
Baby Black Lentil
Big John
Bird Egg #3
Black and White Goose
Blue Lake
Bush Blue Lake 274
Calypso
Christmas Lima
Contender, Early Bush
Cranberry
Dragon Tongue
Earliserve
Fava (two unnamed sources)
Fava, Windsor
Gold of Bacau
Gold Rush
Haricot Vert Maxibell
Herrenbohnli
Hopi Gray Lima
“Italian Broad White” (Original name unknwon)
Jacob’s Cattle
Kirschbohne
Mountain Climber
North Carolina Greasy
Ozark Brown
Painted Lady
Pea, Amish Snap
Pea, Red River
Pea, Wando
Rattlesnake
Red Rum
Royalty Purple Pod
Sylvano’s
Tepary, Black
Tepary, Blue Speckled
Tohono O’Odham White

PEPPERS – 121 varieties

7 Pot Barrackophore
Aji Dulce
Aleppo
Alma Paprika
Amish Bush
Ancho Mexican
Apache
Aruna
Bhut Jolokia, Peach
Biquinho Iracema
Black Congo
Black Hungarian
Black Night
Bolivian Rainbow
Carmagnola
Carolina Reaper
Chapeau de Frade
Cherry Bomb
Chilhuacle Amarillo
Chocolate Beauty
Chocolate Bell
Costeno
Datil
Devil’s Tongue
Doe Hill
Donne Salis
Douglah
Duke Italian
Etkezesi Paprika
Fatalii
Fatalii, Red
Friariello de Napoli
Full Moon Orange Thai
Ga Sangwa Kinnit
Garden Salsa
Giant Marconi
Goat Weed
Golden Treasure
Habanero, Chocolate
Habanero, Large White
Habanero, Long Peach
Habanero, Mustard
Habanero, Peruvian White
Habanero, White Bullet
Hawaiian Kona
Hawk Claw Taknotsume
Holy Mole
Inca Berry
Jamaican Yellow Scotch Bonnet
Japones
Joe’s Big Blocky
King of the North
Kpakpo Shito
Krimson Lee Paprika
Le Rouge Royal
Lesya Necsi
Macska Sarga
Mako Akokɔsrade
Mammoth Giant Jalapeño
Mariachi
Maya
Mayan Cobanero Love
Merlot
Monkey Face
Mountanei Paprika
New Mexico Improved
NuMex Eclipse
NuMex R Naky
Orange Sun
Orangevyi Korol
Orchid
Patricia
Peperone de Sinese
Pepino
Pero Yellow
Peter
Picante Clabrese
Pimento
Portugal Hot
Prik Kee Noo Svan
Pusztagold
Red Cheese
Red Congo
Red Monster
Red Thai Hot
Roberto’s Cuban Seasoning
Rocoto Red
Ros de Mallorca
Roumanian Rainbow X Jalora Jalapeño
Senise
Siberian First
Spanish Spice OP
Stocky Red Roaster
Super Red Pimento
Super Shephard
Sweet Banana
Sweet Crunch Orange
Sweet Marconi
Tequila Sunrise
Thai Dragon
Thai Large
Thai Orange
Thai Super Hot
Tollie’s Sweet
Trinidad Perfume
Trinidad Scorpion
Trinidad Scorpion, Chocolate
Trinidad Scorpion, Orange
UFO Purple
Volcano
Yasil Tatli
Yellow Jalapeño
Yellow Monster
Yolo Wonder
Zavory

*These next 6 varieties are renamed or in development*
Big as Texas
Granddaddy Jalapeño
Long Yellow
Megalong Green
Unknown Chiltepec, Peter-like
Unknown Pimento Conical

CUCURBITS – 59 varieties

Watermelon, Cream of Saskachewan

Watermelon, Cream of Saskachewan

Cucumber, Korall
Cucumber, Marketmore 76
Cucumber, Mexican Sour Gherkin
Cucumber, Muncher
Cucumber, Straight Eight
Cucumber, Telegraph Improved
Gourd, Marah, “Manroot”
Gourd, Marrow (competition)
Melon, Afghan Honeydew
Melon, Apple
Melon, “Bananadew” (volunteer hybrid, in development)
Melon, Bateekh Samara
Melon, Canary, Tweety (F2) (dehybridizing)
Melon, Dalaman
Melon, Delice de La Table
Melon, Far North
Melon, Galia
Melon, Ineya
Melon, Kajari
Melon, Madu Ras
Melon, Melon de Castilla
Melon, Melōrànge
Melon, Meshedi Persian
Melon, Model
Melon, Muhurlu
Melon, New
Melon, North Carolina Giant (competition)
Melon, Obus
Melon, Old-Time Tennessee
Melon, O’Odham Ke’li Ba’so
Melon, Orange Dewlicious
Melon, Papayadew (F2) (dehybridizing)
Melon, Persian
Melon, Rich Sweetness 132
Melon, Santa Clause
Melon, Snow Leopard
Melon, Sugar Kiss
Melon, Swan Lake
Melon, Talibi Persian
Melon, Temptation
Melon, Tendril Verde Tanlif
Squash, Unknown (In development; tiny seeds)
Squash, Winter, Butterbush (XL, in development)
Squash, Winter, Butternut
Squash, Winter, Kabocha
Squash, Winter, Sweet Meat
Squash, Winter, Warsaw Buff Pie Pumpkin
Squash, Zucchini, Black Beauty
Watermelon, All Sweet
Watermelon, Art Combe
Watermelon, Carolina Cross (competition)
Watermelon, Cream of Saskatchewan
Watermelon, Jeremiah the Bullfrog (very rare – let’s hope they produce!)
Watermelon, Moon and Stars
Watermelon, Royal Golden
Watermelon, Sweet Siberian
Watermelon, Ultra Skorospelyi
Watermelon, Zolotistyi
Wintermelon, Valincia
MUCH work to do to keep these from cross-pollinating…

 

TOMATOES – 488 varieties + 92 lineages being tracked of giant and other varieties; 1,100+ vines total, with several more late-comers and replacements still at seedling stage or germinating

Well over 600 seedlings died from harsh Spring conditions.  There was a very late, light frost in Kanab on the mornings of June 19th and 20th; dozens of seedlings were damaged, but none died (I spent several early morning hours spraying the leaves with water and I’m fairly confident that helped).  Two weeks later, there was record heat of 100°F.  Not a friendly Spring!

Rather than list all 488 varieties plus, I’ll just list 64 new (to me) varieties that I received from Natalia of Armavir, Russia.  She sent me seeds of more than 70 varieties in trade and sells from http://domashniypomidor.ru/ I cannot find a good translation or transliteration for these varieties and I have no background with the Russian language.  Each variety is shown with the Russian spelling (Cyrillic script), followed by transliteration to English (Latin alphabet), followed by my best translation. I want to make sure I’m not giving a new transliterated name to an already named variety.  Any expert tomato growers out there who are also fluent in Russian?  I’ve done the best I can here.

1. Абаканский розовый_____Abakanskiy Rozoviy_____Abakan Pink
2. Айсберг_____Aysberg_____Iceberg
3. Алтайский белый_____Altayskiy Beliy_____Altai White
4. Алтайский мёд_____Altayskiy Mod_____Altai Honey
5. Анжела гигант Украинская_____Anzhela Gigant Ukrainskaya_____Angela Giant Ukrainian
6. Бабушка быка_____Babushka Byka_____Grandma’s Bull
7. Бабушкина радость_____Babushkina Radost’_____Grandma’s Joy
8. Бабушкино бычье сердце_____Babushkino bych’ye Serdtse_____Granny’s Oxheart
9. Бийский розан_____Biyskiy Rozan_____Biysk Rosanne
10. Болгарский жемчуг_____Bolgarskiy Zhemchug_____Bulgarian Pearls
11. Бордовый_____Bordoviy_____Burgundy
12. Бочковой Минусинский_____Bochkovoy Minusinskiy_____Cask from Minusinsk
13. Бухарское бычье сердце_____Bukharskoye Bych’ye Serdtse_____Oxheart from Bukhara
14. Бычий мёд_____Bychiy Mod_____Honey cow
15. Бычки Минусинские_____Bychki Minusinskie_____Bull from Minusinsk
16. Бычье сердце Абаканское_____Bych’ye Serdtse Abakanskoye_____Bull Heart of Abakan
17. Бычье сердце выставочное_____Bych’ye Serdtse Vystavochnoye_____Competition Bull Heart
18. Бычье сердце Казахстанское_____Bych’ye Serdtse Kazakhstanskoye_____Bull Heart of Kazakhstan
19. Бычье сердце Минусинское жёлтое_____Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Zholtoye_____Bull Heart of Minusinsk, Yellow
20. Бычье сердце Минусинское кистевое_____Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Kistevoye_____Bull Heart of Minusinsk, Fist
21. Бычье сердце Минусинское круглое_____Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Krugloye_____Bull Heart of Minusinsk, Round
22. Бычье сердце Минусинское плоское_____Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Ploskoye_____Bull Heart of Minusinsk, Flat
23. Бычье сердце Минусинское с носиком_____Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye s Nosikom_____Bull Heart of Minusinsk, Spout
24. Бычье сердце огромное_____Bych’ye Serdtse Ogromnoye_____Huge Bull Heart
25. Бычье сердце победитель в Минусинске в 2009 _____Bych’ye Serdtse Pobeditel’_____Bull Heart Winner
26. Бьлгарска хала_____B’lgarska Khala_____Bulgarian Hall
27. Великие озёра_____Velikiye Ozora_____Great Lakes
28. Винная бухта_____Vinnaya Bukhta_____Wine Bay
29. Внучкина радость_____Vnuchkina Radost’_____Grandaughter’s Joy
30. Вольвье сердце Минусинское_____Vol’v’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye_____Oxheart from Minusinsk
31. Гамайский_____Gamayskiy_____Hawaiian
32. Гигант великолепный_____Gigant Velikolepniy_____Magnificent Giant
33. Де барао Кабардинское_____De Barao Kabardinskoye_____De Barao Kabardian
34. Египетская ладья_____Yegipetskaya Lad’ya_____Egyptian Castle
35. Загадка долины роз_____Zagadka Doliny Roz_____Rose Valley Riddle
36. Замок Шартр_____Замок Шартр_____Castle of Chartres
37. Золотой мёд_____Zolotoy Mod_____Golden Honey
38. Киевлянка_____Kiyevlyanka_____From Kiev
39. Киселёвские_____Kiselovskiye_____From Kiselevsk
40. Коловый_____Koloviy_____Dwarf
41. Колхозная королева_____Kolkhoznaya Koroleva_____Collective Farm Queen
42. Командор фортуна_____Komandor Fortuna_____Commander’s Luck
43. Конус_____Konus_____Cone
44. Корниевские 2 _____Korniyevskiye 2_____Korneivsky’s Heirloom #2
45. Король ранних и урожайных_____Korol’ Rannikh I Urozhaynykh_____King Early and Productive
46. Крупная гроздь_____Krupnaya Grozd’_____Large Cluster
47. Летнее солнце_____Letneye Solntse_____Summer Sun
48. Лопатинские_____Lopatinskii_____Lapotinsky (place)
49. Любимые Курские_____Lyubimiye Kurskiye_____Favorite from Kursk
50. Малиновка яблочная_____Malinovka Yablochnaya_____Robin Apple
51. Малиновый Болгарский гигант_____Malinoviy Bolgarskiy Gigant_____Giant Bulgarian Raspberry
52. Малиновый кучерявчик_____Malinoviy Kucheryavchik_____Kucheryavchik’s Raspberry
53. Марьина улица_____Mar’ina Ulitsa_____Marina Street
54. Мелисса кавказская овчарка_____Melissa Kavkazskaya Ovcharka_____Melissa’s Caucasian Shephard
55. Минусинский яблочный розовый_____Minusinskiy Yablochniy Rozoviy_____Pink Apple of Minusinsk
56. Подарок Украине_____Podarok Ukraine_____Gift from Ukraine
57. Польское сердце гигант_____Pol’skoye Serdtse Gigant_____Giant Polish Heart
58. Розовый гигант Украинский_____Rozoviy Gigant Ukrainskiy_____Giant pink Ukrainian
59. Розовый килограммовый_____Rozoviy Kilogrammoviy_____Pink Kilogram
60. Русский размер малиновый_____Russkiy Razmer Malinoviy_____Russian Sized Raspberry
61. Русский размер розовый_____Russkiy Razmer Rozoviy_____Russian Size Pink
62. Соловей разбойник_____Solovey Razboynik_____Nightingale the Robber
63. Шары Минусинские красные_____Shary Minusinskiye Krasnyye_____Red Spheres of Minusinsk
64. Яблочный Липецкий_____Yablochnyy Lipetskiy_____Apple from Lipetsk

Should I be feeling overwhelmed? The fun has just begun…

Update 8-1-2016

OK, here is the updated, compiled list of tomato varieties planted in 2016.  Already, dozens of these have died, so this is NOT a list of varieties for sale.  That will come in November

1884 Purple
Aker’s West Virginia
Alaskan Fancy
Alice’s Egypt
Amana Orange
Amazon Chocolate
Amish Paste
Andy Backflat’s Wonder
Anna Russian
Antohi Romanian
Ashleigh
Aunt Ruby’s German Green
Auria
Baiguoqiangfeng
Baiquoquiangfeng
Banana
Bandung
Banjan Roomii
Basvawya
Bear Creek
Beefsteak, Yellow
Beijing Yellow
Belarusian Heart
Believe It or Not
“Belmonte (1.556 DT 2011) X
Big Zac (2.962 DT 2012)(F1)(0.874 DT 2014)”
Bezrazmernyi (1.698 DT 2012) X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.720 DT 2015)
Big McHenry
Big Sungold Select
Big Yellow Simpson
Big Zac
BigZarro (3.754 DT 2014)
BL8 (Magnum)
Blaby Special
Black Amber
Black and Brown Boar
Black Cherry
Black Creme
Black Mountain Pink
Blanche Yan
Bob’s Boomtown Titty
Boloto
Boondocks
Borracho de Aretxabaleta
Brandy Boy
Brandywine from Croatia
Brandywine, Texas
Brandywine, Yellow, Platfoot strain
Brazilian Beauty
Brazilian Giant
Brutus Magnum
Buckeye Yellow
Buffalo Heart Giant
Butler Skinner
Butter and Bull Heart
Calypso
Caribe
Carmello
Carmen
Caro Rich
Carol Chyko’s Big Paste
Carpathia
Cascade Village Blue
Casey’s Pure Yellow
Catapano
Cesu Agrais
Cherokee Purple
Cherry Roma
Chocolate Champion
Chocolate Stripes
Chudo Sada
Church
Chyornyi Slon
Claude Brown’s Yellow Giant
Cleota Yellow
Coastal Pride
Colossal Crimson
Copia (2.094 Lai 2016)
Cour de Jade
Cow’s Tit
Cristal
Curra Plum
Czechoslovakia (1.084 DT 2013)
DaCosta’s Portuguese (1.350 DT 2011)
Daniel Burson
Daniels
De Barao Zolotoy
De Weese Streaked (1.560 DT 2012)
Debbie
Delano Green Ripe
Delicious
DelMar (F2) (DT 2015)
Demidev
Dikaya Roza (1.112 DT 2012)
Ditmarsher
Domingo
Dutka’s Pink
Dwarf Mr. Snow
Dwarf Russian Swirl
Dwarf Sweet Sue
Dwarf Wild Fred
Earl of Edgecombe
Early Girl (F2)
Eastham Pink Heirloom
Erevani
Eva Purple Ball
First Mate
Fishlake Oxheart
Flathead Monster Orange (0.452 DT 2012)
Flathead Monster Pink (0.505 DT 2012)
Fleur de Reagir
Florida Pink (1.664 DT 10)
Forest Fire
Fred Limbaugh Potato Top (1.638 DT 2011)
Fruity Cherry
Gary’ O Sena
Geant de Hutt
Geante de Hutt
George’s Greek Beefsteak (0.910 DT 2012)
Georgia Green
German Giant
German Pink
German Red Strawberry (1.300 DT 2011)
Gezahnte Buhrer-Keel
Giallo d’Asti
Giant Belgium
Giant Colossal
Giant Green Zebra
Giant Heart Climber
Girl Girl’s Weird Thing
Glacier
Gold Medal (1.310 DT 2012)
Goose Creek Black
Goose Rock
Gramma Climenhagen
Grandfather Ashlock
Grandma Baker’s
Grandpa’s Cock’s Plume
Grape Sausage
Gregori’s Altai
Grosse de Perthuis
Gypsy
Hamilton
Hawaiian Pineapple (1.350 DT 2012)
Hays’
Heart of Ashgabat (0.349 DT 2013)
Heirloom
Heshpole
Hippie Heart
Homestead 24-F
Honey Giant
Howard German
Hoy X Delicious (F2)(1.988 DT 2015)
Huge Black
Hungarian Heart (1.544 JC 10)
Idatarod
Ikarus
Ikie
Indigo Black Shadow
Indigo Blue Beauty
Indigo Painted Blue
Iraqi Heart
Ispanskiy Gigant
Israeli 2 Pounder
Istra (1.380 DT 2014)
Italian
Iva’s Red Berry
Jake’s
Jalapeño TAM Mild
Japanese Oxheart
Jaune Saint Vincent
Jennie
Jerry’s German Giant
Jersey Giant
Jewish
Jim Dandy
Joe Thieneman’s Australian Heart
Joe’s Portuguese (0.854 DT 2011)
Juliet (F4)
Jurmala
Kanauss Oxheart
Kellogg’s Breakfast (1.350)
Kellogg’s West Virginia
Kennington’s Big Red
Kozula #135
Kozula #18 (F4)
Kozula #37
Kraniy Sever
Kukla’s Portuguese Beefsteak
Lara’s Giant (1.366 DT 2012)
Large Lucky Red
Leadbeatter’s Lunker (1.704 DT 2012)
Leher
Lemon Giant
Libanaise des Montagnes
Lime Green Salad
Livingston’s Gold Ball
Locomotive
Lucinda
Maddy Rose
Magnum (1.428 DT 2011)
Magyar Piroska
Malakhitovaya Shkatulka
Malcolm Lincoln
Malinovyi Charodei
Margaret Curtain
Mario’s Oxheart (0.947 DT 2013)
Marizol Bratka
Maryland Large Red
Matchless
Mawlenowe
Maylor Roth’s Orange
Mayo’s Delight (1.318 DT 2012)
MegaMarv (2.678 DT 2012)
Mexican Giant
Mexican Yellow
Michaela’s Pink Oxheart
Michael’s Portuguese Monster
“Michael’s Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 2012)
X MegaMarv (4.23 Wahl 2012)(F2)(2.030 DT 2015)”
“Michael’s Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 2012)
X
Delicious (6.51 Meisner 2011)(F2)(3.698 DT 2015)”
Mikada Orange
Minusinski
Mirabell
Momotaro (OP)
Mont Athos
Mortgage Lifter, Estler’s
Mortgage Lifter, Pesta Strain
Mountain Gold
Moya
Mr. Tartar’s German (2.610 DT 2012)
Mrs. Benson
Munk
Mushroom Basket (0.612 DT 2012)
Mystery
Negrillo de Almoguera
Neviskiy
New Jersey Champion
Nicky Crain
Noire Charbonneuse
Nonna Antonina
Odessa
Old Fashioned Oxheart
Olena Ukrainian (0.640 DT 2011)
Olga’s Biggest
Opalka
Orange Bourgoin
Orange Pixie
Orange Russian 117
Orange Torpedo
Orange Tree
OSU Oblonde Avec Teton
Our Own Pink
Oxheart Yellow
Palmira’s Northern Italian
Peaches and Cream
Perfekta
Perth Pride
Pineapple (1.596 DT 10)
Pink Thai Egg
Plate Du Portugal
Pleine de Chair
Polish C
Polish Ellis
Polish Pink
Poma Amoris Minora Lutea
Potiron
Provenzano (1.225 DT 2013)
Prudens Purple X Indian Stripe (F5)
Purple Elgin GWR
Purple Reign
Qiyanai-Huang
Rasp Large Red
Raspberry Lyanna
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.836 DT 2015)
Red Barn
Red Belly
Red Pear Arbruzzese
Redwolf
Rhoades Heirloom (1.186 DT 2012)
Richardson (1.433 DT 10)
Rinaldo
Romeo
Rosa de Barbastro
Rosado y Rojo
Rosalie’s Big Rosy
Rosalie’s Early Orange
Rosella Purple
Rosi Mari
Rozovye Gryozy
Rozovyi Myod
Rufus Carrigan’s Mexican Pink
Russian Oxheart
Sasha’s Altai
Schlicht’s Orange Cherry
Sean’s Yellow Dwarf
Sensej
Serendipity Striped
Shadow Boxing
Shuntukski Velikan X Big Zac (2.174 DT 2014)
Siberian
Sibiriskiy Skorospelyi
Sledgehammer
Sleeping Lady
Slovenian Bull’s Heart
Snag’s Pride
Snow Fairy
Sosulka Krasnaya
South Tyrolean Beefsteak
Stakeless (F4)
Star (1.276 DT 2012)
Steakhouse (F1)
Stoina’s Bulgarian
Striped German
Striped Sweetheart Dark
Stripes of Syrnath
Stupice
Sub-Arctic Maxi
Sub-Arctic Plenty
Sugar Plum Fairy
Summer Sunrise
Summertime Gold
Summertime Green
Sun Gold (F3)
Sunbursts (F3)
Sunny Honey
Sunrise Bumblebee
Sunset’s Red Horizon
Sunsugar (F3)
Sunsugar (F4)
Super Choice
Super Italian Paste
Super Marzano (F1)
SuperMarv
Supersauce (F1)
Supersteak (2.575 Reinhard 14)
Sweet Scarlet Dwarf
Sweetie
Tasmanian Chocolate
Taterkin
Tekin’s Bulgarian Pink
Tennessee Suited
Terhune (1.112 DT 2012)
Teschchin Yazyk
Texas Brandywine
Toedebush Pink
Tom Boy
Tree’s Bottom Yellow
Tropic
Tschalma
Tsindao
Tumbling Tom
Turkey
Ukrainian Heart TN MU J
Ukrainian Pear
Ultra Skorospleyi
Unknown, Greek (Bizos 2015)
Utyonok
Vater Rein
Vechnyi Zov (1.320 DT 2012)
Velmoza
Venus
Veras Paradeiser
Volovsko Srce Slovenian
Vorlon
Waltingers Fleisch aus Indien
Wendy
Wes (1.718 DT 2012) X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.242 DT 2015)
West Virginia 63
West Virginia Penitentiary
White Wonder (1.268 DT 2011)
Wild Thyme Purple
Wolford Wonder
World’s Largest (1.128 DT 2013)
Yellow Beefsteak
Yellow Giant
Yellow Star
Yoder’s German Pink
Yoder’s Red Beefsteak
Zaczilla (F1)
ZacZilla (F2) (1.080 DT 2015)
Zagadka Prirody (1.382 DT 2011)
Zarnista
Zheltij Delikates
Zore’s Big Red (1.278 DT 2011)

** The following is a list of duplicates of those in the above list, with additional tracking information **

Amana Orange (1.204 DT 2010)
Aunt Ruby’s German Green (1.228 DT 2012)
Big Zac (1.736 DT 2011)
Big Zac (1.822 DT 2012)
Big Zac (2.240 DT 2012)
Big Zac (2.416 DT 2015)
Big Zac (2.602 DT 2012)
Big Zac (2.986 Montalvo 2015)
Big Zac (3.07 Adams 2015)
Big Zac (4.670 DT 2014)
Big Zac (5.67 Marley 2014)
Big Zac (5.84 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (6.16 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (7.10 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (8.41 MacCoy 2014)
Big Zac (9.5 unoff. MacCoy 2014)
Brandywine from Croatia, RL (0.246 DT 2014)
Butler Skinner (1.292 DT 2012)
Casey’s Pure Yellow (0.878 DT 2011)
Church (3.206 DT 2012)
Delicious (1.224 DT 2012)
Delicious (2.314 DT 2012)
Delicious (2.686 DT 2014)(5th gen. GG)
Delicious (3.205 DT 2014)(6.51 Meisner 2011)
Delicious (4.20 Lyons 2012)(4.25 Lyons 2010)
Delicious (4.65 Bieser 2015)
Delicious (6.51 Meisner 2011)
Domingo (3.010 Schielke 2014)
Domingo (3.69 Johnson 2015)
Domingo (4.647 DT 2014)
Domingo (5.75 Marley 2014)
Domingo (Domingo 2014)
Israeli 2 Pounder (0.488 DT 2013)
Malcolm Lincoln (1.130 DT 2013)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (1.932 DT 2011)
Potiron (0.480 DT 2012)
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(__ Johnson 2015)
Rosalie’s Early Orange (1.104 DT 2011)
Stripes of Syrnath (0.614 DT 2014)

** The following is a list of the varieties received from Natalia of Armavir, Russia.  These names are TENTATIVE until I can convince someone to help me transliterate the properly.

Abakanskiy Rozovyy
Aysberg
Altayskiy Belyy
Altayskiy Mod
Anzhela Gigant Ukrainskaya
Babushka Byka
Babushkina Radost’
Babushkino bych’ye Serdtse
Biyskiy Rozan
Bolgarskiy Zhemchug
Bordovyy
Bochkovoy Minusinskiy
Bukharskoye Bych’ye Serdtse
Bychiy Mod
Bychki Minusinskie
Bych’ye Serdtse Abakanskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Vystavochnoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Kazakhstanskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Zholtoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Kistevoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Krugloye
Abakanskiy Rozovyy
Altayskiy Belyy
Altayskiy Mod
Anzhela Gigant Ukrainskaya
Aysberg
B’lgarska Khala
Babushka Byka
Babushkina Radost’
Babushkino bych’ye Serdtse
Biyskiy Rozan
Bochkovoy Minusinskiy
Bolgarskiy Zhemchug
Bordovyy
Bukharskoye Bych’ye Serdtse
Bychiy Mod
Bychki Minusinskie
Bych’ye Serdtse
Bych’ye Serdtse Abakanskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Kazakhstanskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Kistevoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Krugloye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Ploskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye s Nosikom
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Zholtoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Ogromnoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Pobeditel’
Bych’ye Serdtse Vystavochnoye
Chudo Sada
De Barao Kabardinskoye
Gamayskiy
Gigant Velikolepnyy
Kiselovskiye
Kiyevlyanka
Kolkhoznaya Koroleva
Kolovyy
Komandor Fortuna
Konus
Korniyevskiye 2
Korol’ Rannikh I Urozhaynykh
Krupnaya Grozd’
Letneye Solntse
Lopatinskii
Lyubimyye Kurskiye
Malinovka Yablochnaya
Malinovyy Bolgarskiy Gigant
Malinovyy Kucheryavchik
Mar’ina Ulitsa
Melissa Kavkazskaya Ovcharka
Minusinskiy Yablochnyy Rozovyy
Podarok Ukraine
Pol’skoye Serdtse Gigant
Rozovyy Gigant Ukrainskiy
Rozovyy Kilogrammovyy
Russkiy Razmer Malinovyy
Russkiy Razmer Rozovyy
Scorpion
Shary Minusinskiye Krasnyye
Solovey Razboynik
Sprint Timer
Velikiye Ozora
Vinnaya Bukhta
Vnuchkina Radost’
Vol’v’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye
Yablochnyy Lipetskiy
Yegipetskaya Lad’ya
Yuvel’
Zagadka Doliny Roz
Zamok Shartr
Zolotoy Mod

 

So that comes to 491, including separate lines and hybrids being tracked, but excluding 30 or so varieties not listed for various reasons.

2016 Giant Tomato Project Do-Over

First the good news:

Among the 481 seeds planted which were produced by DT (Delectation of Tomatoes), 459 germinated, yielding a 95.4% germination rate.

Among the 959 seeds planted which came from other sources, 794 germinated, yielding an 82.8% germination rate.  For the third year in a row, seeds from one source in particular, representing several varieties, had virtually zero germination.  I won’t publish the name here, but you’re welcome to send email to dale@gianttomatoseeds.com if you’re curious.

Bad news:

234 tomato seedlings have perished, with more dying every day.  This includes 116 seedlings that were slated for my giant tomato project.

Giant Tomato Project 2016 dead A rev

As an itinerant farmer, I’m spread very thin this time of year and 14 trays of newly potted-up seedlings were left in the cold, heavy rain for two days.  I no longer have a high tunnel.  I really miss my high tunnel!

Anyhow, in the past couple of days I’ve replanted 624 cells, many of them with more than one seed, in hopes of rescuing those varieties for this season, at least in terms of getting enough ripe tomatoes for seed saving.  It’s rather too late to expect much in terms of production from these replacements.

Here’s a look at some of the dwarf seedlings at 5 weeks along:

Dwarf Tomato Seedlings 4-21-2016 B

These were grown in a different location and were not subjected to the two days of cold rain.  However, they have suffered from high winds (after this picture was taken), including gusts up to 55 mph, and about four of these will not survive.

Getting serious about giant pumpkins as well this year, including a seed from the world record 2323 X self – anxious to see if it will germinate!

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Update 5-10-2016

Among the first round of tomato seeds planted, 186 did not germinate and 357 seedlings have perished, with more dying every day.  This is comes 543 total that failed, or 38% of 1,440.  97 varieties of which all 3 seedlings died or did not germinate:

Angela Giant
Ashleigh
Banana
Bangladesh Heart
Belarusian Heart
Berriatua
Big Sungold Select
Big Yellow, Simpson
Black Master
Black Mountain Pink
Bob’s Boomtown Titty
Boondocks
Buffalo Heart Giant
Butter and Bull Heart
Calypso
Cesu Agrais
Chocolate Champion
Church
Cleota Yellow
Daniels
Delano Green Ripe
Demidev
Ditmarsher
Eastham Pink Heirloom
Eva Purple Ball
Fish Lake Oxheart
Fleur de Reagir
Georgia Green
Gramma Climenhagen
Green
Grosse De Perthuis
Hamilton
Heshpole
Homestead 24-F
Ikarus
Ikie
Isis Brandy
Jersey Giant
Joe’s Plum
Juliet (F4), long
Kennington’s Big Red
Knauss Oxheart
Kozula #135
Kozula #18
Kozula #37
Kukla’s Portuguese Beefsteak
Lemon Giant
Lime Green Salad
Magyar Piroska
Malinovyi Charodei
Manalucie
Margaret Curtain
Mawlenowe
Maylor Roth’s Orange
Mexican Yellow
Michaela’s Pink Oxheart
Monica (F3)
Mortgage Lifter, Estler’s
Nonna Antonina
Old Fashioned Oxheart
Orange Tree
Petrovich
Pink Petticoat
Red Robin
Russian Oxheart
Summer Sweet Gold
Super Marzano (F1)
Super Sioux
Supersauce (F2)
Tamina
Tasmanian Chocolate
Teschchin Yazyk
Tollison’s German
Tropic
Ukrainian Pear
Vater Rein
Velmozha
Vorlon
Work Release Paste
Yasha Yugoslavian
Yellow Out Red In
Yoder’s Red Beefsteak
Zarnitsa
Zluta Kytice

Plus 13 crosses or lineages of giant varieties

Plus 72 varieties of which only 1 seedlings has survived; in most cases the survivor my not survive for much longer.  In fact, it appears that approximately 50% of the surviving seedlings will likely die before June.

I have replanted most of these varieties, but it might be too late to get production from many of them.

Here’s the beginning of low tunnels intended to keep beet leafhoppers off:  Curly Top Virus decimated the tomato crop in Kanab in 2014 – more than 80% mortality.

Kanab Row Cover 5-6-2016 A revKanab Row Cover 5-6-2016 B

Two Atlantic Giant Pumpkins also transplanted, with shade cloth surrounding them to protect from the high winds that are so common in Kanab:

Kanab Garden 5-6-2016 B Kanab Giant Pumpkins 5-6-2016 A Kanab Giant Pumpkins 5-6-2016 C

Seedlings waiting to go in the ground – weather is finally cooperating!

Kanab seedlings to transplant

A double seedling – I’ve never seen them so tightly fused.

Double tomato seedling

Low tunnels in Cedar City.  Two giant pumpkin plants should be toasty warm in here!

Low Tunnel Cedar City 5-3-2016

But a bunch of nosey, unpleasant, uppity, ignorant neighbors have decided to infringe on my freedoms.  CCCR’s apparently state “No temporary structures of any kind”, so these have to come down immediately.  And “they” will not let me plant any of my tomatoes here – plant supports are too ugly for these rich snobs and, heaven forbid, I might try to sell a seed or two from the tomatoes.  I suppose CCCR means, “Communist Command & Control Restrictions”.  How a true-blooded American could ever submit themselves to yet another layer of government control & bureaucracy I will never understand; people willing to give up their freedoms just so they can control their neighbors.  No thank you and don’t get me started…

This view not too far away:

Horseshoe Bend Page AZ H rev

So 130 or so seedlings ready for my giant tomato project, but nowhere to plant them at the moment.

The Itinerant Farmer

“Itinerant Farming” – an oxymoron?

Few professions require one to be bound to the land more than farming.  “Grow where you live” makes sense for so many reasons.

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I moved twice in 2015, in the middle of the growing season.  I landed in a small room in a small house on 2.5 acres of land with the understanding that I would pretty much take over a large garden and earth-sheltered greenhouse.  Last week I got some unexpected news:  I am prohibited from growing ANYTHING where I live.  The property owners have decided to let everything go fallow this year.  So I’m scrambling to adjust my plans.

Now I’m looking at growing at 3 locations, located 20 minutes away, 2 hours away, and 3-1/2 hours away.  All on land belonging to relatives.  They get free seeds, free seedlings, much of the labor, and all the fresh veggies they can possibly eat.  I get to borrow land, free water, and to collect seeds.  And I get to live out of my suitcase for the next several months!

Anyhow, over the past week I’ve planted about 2,000 seeds, mostly tomatoes.  In February I planted peppers.

Here’s what the setup looks like in Kanab (2 hours away)

Seed starting 3-23-2016 ESeed starting 3-23-2016 D

And here is what the setup looks like in a cool basement (20 minutes away), using a 400-watt metal halide light and mylar fabric to help retain heat and light:

Seed starting 3-28-2016 A

These are extra early and dwarf varieties coming up.  The first up was Stupice – 12 of 12 up within 4 days of planting!  And some giant pumpkins started (but where to grow them??)

This weekend I finally finished packaging most of the squash seeds from the 2015 harvest.  But there are still several plates drying, and a few more winter squash from which I have not extracted seeds yet.  I really cannot comprehend boredom…

Here’s the list of tomato varieties I’m growing this year:

GIANT TOMATOES – Those that have been documented to grow to 3+ lbs.; lineage included:

Belmonte (1.556 DT 2011) X Big Zac (2.962 DT 2012)(F1)(0.874 DT 2014)
Bezrazmernyi (1.698 DT 2012) X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.720 DT 2015)
Bezrazmernyi (1.698 DT 2012) X Big Zac (5.50 Johnston/Butler 2012)(F1)(1.676 DT 2014)
Big Zac (1.736 DT 2011)
Big Zac (1.822 DT 2012)
Big Zac (2.044 DT 2014)
Big Zac (2.416 DT 2015)
Big Zac (2.602 DT 2012)
Big Zac (2.986 Montalvo 2015)
Big Zac (4.670 DT 2014)
Big Zac (4.80 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (5.50 Martin 2014)
Big Zac (5.67 Marley 2014)
Big Zac (5.84 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (6.01 Boudyo 2013)
Big Zac (6.16 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (6.88 MacCoy 2014)
Big Zac (7.10 Foss 2014)
Big Zac (8.41 MacCoy 2014)
Big Zac (9.5 MacCoy 2014)(multiple fruits almost joined)
Bigzarro (3.754 DT 14)
Brutus Magnum (2.006 DT 2012) X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.470 DT 2015)
Church (3.206 DT 12)
Delicious (1.224 DT 2012)(4th gen. Gordon Graham)
Delicious (1.874 DT 2011)(5.41 Landry 2011)
Delicious (2.314 DT 2014)(4.78 Lorson 2012)
Delicious (2.686 DT 2014)(5th gen. Gordon Graham)
Delicious (3.205 DT 2014)(6.51 Meisner 2011)
Delicious (3.50 Matesa 2012)(6.51 Meisner 2011)
Delicious (4.04 J/B 2012)(7.33 Hunt 2010)
Delicious (4.20 Lyons 2012)(4.25 Lyons 2010)
Delicious (6.51 Meisner 2011)
Domingo (3.010 Schielke 14)
Domingo (4.647 DT 14)
Domingo (5.75 Marley 14)
Domingo (Vincenzo Domingo 14)
Hoy (~3 Kott 2011) X Delicious (6.51 Meisner 2011)(F2)(1.988 DT 2015)
MegaMarv (2.678 DT 12)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (1.932 DT 11)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 12)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 2012) X MegaMarv (4.23 Wahl 2012)(F2)(2.030 DT 2015)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 2012) X Delicious (6.51 Meisner 2011)(F2)(3.698 DT 2015)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (IL LO N)
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(__ Johnson 2015)
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.724 DT 2015)
Shuntukski Velikan (1.978 DT 2012) X Big Zac (3.75 Catapano 2007)(F2)(2.174 DT 2015)
Steakhouse (F2) (0.868 DT 15)
Wes (1.718 DT 2012) X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy 2013)(F2)(1.242 DT 2015)
Zaczilla (F1) (Zaccaria)
ZacZilla (F2) (1.080 DT 15)

BIG TOMATOES – Those that have been documented, or at least claimed, to grow to 2+ lbs:

Alice’s Egypt
Amana Orange
Ashleigh
Aunt Ruby’s German Green
Belarusian Heart
Big McHenry
BL8
Black Mountain Pink
Brandywine from Croatia, RL
Brazilian Giant
Butler Skinner
Carol Chyko’s Big Paste
Casey’s Pure Yellow
Catapano
Claude Brown’s Yellow Giant
Coeur de Boeuf de Nice
Czechoslovakia
DaCosta’s Portuguese
De Weese Streaked
DelMar (F2)
DelZac (F2)
Dikaya Roza
Flathead Monster Orange
Flathead Monster Pink
Florida Pink
Fred Limbaugh Potato Top
Geante de Hutt
George’s Greek Beefsteak
German Giant
German Red Strawberry
Giant Belgium
Giant Colossal
Gold Medal
Goose Rock
Grandfather Ashlock
Great White
Hawaiian Pineapple
Hays’
Heart of Ashgabat
Heirloom
Huge Giant Yellow
Hungarian Heart
Israeli 2 Pounder
Istra
Jerry’s German Giant
Joe’s Portuguese
Lara’s Giant
Leadbeatter’s Lunker
Libanaise des Montagnes
Magnum
Malcolm Lincoln
Mario’s Oxheart
Mayo’s Delight
Mexican Giant
Mr. Tartar’s German
Mushroom Basket
Nicky Crain
Olena Ukrainian
Palmira’s Northern Italian
Pineapple
Plate Du Portugal
Polish C
Potiron
Provenzano
Red Belly
Rhoades Heirloom
Richardson
Richardson
Rozovyi Myod
Shilling Giant
Siberian Giant
Star
Steakhouse (F1)
Stripes of Syrnath
SuperMarv
Supersteak
Terhune
Toedebush Pink
Vechnyi Zov
Veras Paradeiser
Volovsko Srce Slovenian
White Wonder
Wolford Wonder
World’s Largest
Zagadka Prirody
Zore’s Big Red

EXTRA EARLY & DWARF TOMATOES

Boloto
Dwarf Mr. Snow
Dwarf Wild Fred
Earl of Edgecombe
Early Girl (F2)
Forest Fire
Fourth of July (F3)
Glacier
Husky Pink OP
Iditarod
Krainiy Sever
Large Lucky Red
Matchless (Austin)
New Big Dwarf
Orange Pixie
Perfekta
Purple Reign
Qiyanai-Huang
Rosalie’s Early Orange
Rosella Purple
Siberian
Sibirskiy Skorospelyi
Sleeping Lady
Stupice
Summertime Gold
Tasmanian Chocolate
Ultra Skorospelyi
Uralskiy Ranniy
Yukon Quest

MAIN CROP – Primarily for seed production, selling produce and consumption

1884 Purple
Aker’s West Virginia
Amazon Chocolate
Angela Giant
Anna Russian
Auria
Baiguoqiangfeng
Banana
Bandung
Bangladesh Heart
Banjan Roomii
Bear Creek
Beefsteak, Yellow
Beijing Yellow
Berriatua
Big Sungold Select
Big Yellow, Simpson
Blaby Special
Black and Brown Boar
Black Creme
Black Master
Blanche Yan
Bob’s Boomtown Titty
Boondocks
Borracho de Aretxabaleta
Brandywine of Croatia, PL
Brandywine, Pawer’s
Brandywine, Yellow, Platfoot strain
Brazilian Beauty
Buffalo Heart Giant
Butter and Bull Heart
Calypso
Caribe
Cesu Agrais
Cherry Roma
Chocolate Champion
Chocolate Stripes
Chudo Sada
Chyornyi Slon
Cleota Yellow
Coastal Pride
Cow’s Tit
Daniel Burson
Daniels
Delano Green Ripe
Demidev
Ditmarsher
Dutka’s Pink
Dwarf Russian Swirl
Eastham Pink Heirloom
Erevani
Eva Purple Ball
Fish Lake Oxheart
Fleur de Reagir
Fruity Cherry
Georgia Green
German Pink
Gezahnte Buhrer-Keel
Giant Green Zebra
Giant Heart Climber
Gramma Climenhagen
Grandma Baker’s
Grape Sausage
Green
Gregori’s Altai
Grosse De Perthuis
GWR Wild Thyme
Hamilton
Heshpole
Homestead 24-F
Honey Giant
Ikarus
Ikie
Isis Brandy
Ispanskiy Gigant
Italian
Iva’s Red Berry
Jaune Saint Vincent
Jersey Giant
Jim Dandy
Joe Thieneman’s Australian Heart
Joe’s Plum
Juliet (F4), long
Jurmala
Kanauss Oxheart
Kellogg’s West Virginia
Kennington’s Big Red
Knauss Oxheart
Kozula #135
Kozula #18 (F5)
Kozula #37
Kukla’s Portuguese Beefsteak
Lemon Giant
Lime Green Salad
Livingston’s Gold Ball
Locomotive
Lucinda
Maddy Rose
Magyar Piroska
Malakhitovaya Shkatulka
Malinovyi Charodei
Manalucie
Margaret Curtain
Marizol Bratka
Maryland Large Red
Mawlenowe
Maylor Roth’s Orange
Mexican Yellow
Michaela’s Pink Oxheart
Mikada Orange
Minusinski
Mirabell
Miss Kennedy
Momotaro (OP)
Monica (F3)
Mont Athos
Mortgage Lifter, Estler’s
Mortgage Lifter, Pesta Strain
Mountain Gold
Moya
Mrs. Benson
Munk
Mystery
Negrillo de Almoguera
New Jersey Champion
Noire Charbonneuse
Nonna Antonina
Odessa
Old Fashioned Oxheart
Olga’s Biggest
Opalka
Orange Bourgoin
Orange Russian 117
Orange Torpedo
Orange Tree
OSU Oblonde Avec Teton
Our Own Pink
Oxheart Yellow
Peaches and Cream
Perth Pride
Petrovich
Pink Petticoat
Pink Thai Egg
Pleine de Chair
Polish Ellis
Polish Pink
Prudens Purple X Indian Stripe (F5)
Purple Elgin GWR
Rasp Large Red
Raspberry
Raspberry Lyanna
Red Barn
Red Pear Abruzzese
Red Robin
Redwolf
Rinaldo
Romeo
Rosa de Barbastro
Rosado y Rojo
Rosalie’s Big Rosy
Rosalie’s Large Paste
Rosi Mari
Rozovye Gryozy
Rufus Carrigan’s Mexican Pink
Russian Oxheart
Sainte-Lucie
Schlicht’s Orange Cherry
Sean’s Yellow Dwarf
Sensej
Serendipity Striped
Sledgehammer
Slovenian Bull’s Heart
Snag’s Pride
Sosulka Krasnaya
South Tyrolean Beefsteak
Stakeless (F4)
Stoina’s Bulgarian
Striped German
Striped Sweetheart Dark
Sub-Arctic Maxi
Sub-Arctic Plenty
Sugar Plum Fairy
Summer Sunrise
Summer Sweet Gold
Summertime Green
Sun Gold (F3)
Sunbursts (F3)
Sunrise Bumblebee
Sunset’s Red Horizon
Sunsugar (F3)
Sunsugar (F4)
Super Choice
Super Italian Paste
Super Marzano (F1)
Super Sioux
Supersauce (F2)
Sweet Scarlet Dwarf
Sweetie
Tamina
Taterkin
Tekin’s Bulgarian Pink
Tennessee Suited
Teschchin Yazyk
Tollison’s German
Tom Boy
Tree’s Bottom Yellow
Tropic
Tschalma
Tsindao
Tumbling Tom
Turkey
Ukrainian Heart, TN MU J
Ukrainian Pear
Utyonok
Vater Rein
Velmozha
Venus
Vorlon
Waltingers Fleisch aus Indien
West Virginia 63
West Virginia Penitentiary
Wild Thyme Purple
Work Release Paste
Yasha Yugoslavian
Yellow Giant
Yellow Out Red In
Yoder’s German Pink
Yoder’s Red Beefsteak
Zarnitsa
Zheltij Delikates
Zluta Kytice

That’s only 396 varieties/lineages – the fewest I’ve grown by far since 2012!  But with all the traveling involved, I’m already feeling overwhelmed…

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Update April 03, 2016 – Phase Two begun!  The early and dwarf varieties are not potted up, 14 trays worth.  Going into the potting mix are these OMRI listed amendments:

Soil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 ASoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 MSoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 HSoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 ESoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 GSoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 FSoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 CSoil amendements OMRI 4-2-2016 S rev

Well, I guess the potting soil and bone meal are not actually OMRI listed.  Anyway, mixed with a very old concrete mixer.  Recipe is available if your would like:  dale@gianttomatoseeds.com

Here is the first plug tray of early and dwarf tomato varieties, potted up 14 days after planting seeds into 14 trays and put under metal halide lights.  Walls are large pieces of cardboard covered with mylar fabric.

Seedling potting up metal halide mylar 4-3-2016 B

Two weeks from seed is on the early side, but I think most of them will take just fine.

 

 

Planting Started for 2016

Indoors at my cousin’s place in Kanab:

Seedling light stand Kanab 2-02-2016 E rev

Onions, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, kale, spinach, lettuce, strawberries and others.  I will be scaling back substantially from the past three years so that I can focus on building the website for seed sharing:

Delectation of Tomatoes

Still have about 5,000 pictures to process, but have completed the task through October 6, 2012!  Pictures taken after this date have been named primarily on an as-needed basis.  So 35,000 or so pictures are now easy to find, but most still need to be edited.  2015 was so crazy busy and intense (mostly due to moving twice during the growing season) that I was unable to even get decent photographs for about half of the tomato varieties that I grew.

Seedling production will also be way down in 2016, and will mostly be by special order only.

 

 

Delectation of Tomatoes Website Is Now Online

Finally, after 3 years of hoping, planning and threatening, the website reconstruction has now launched!!

        www.delectationoftomatoes.com

At the moment, there are 1,463 varieties of tomatoes listed.  Among these:

• 1,350 are Heirloom and/or Open Pollinated

• 113 are hybrids in development to deybridize or unknowns

Among the hybrids are 8 which are original with Delectation of Tomatoes; these are documented in previous posts here and summarized at:

DT Big Tomatoes 2014

Of the 1,463 descriptions, 619 of them are original.  Regrettably, the others are “borrowed” for now.  But this is better than what has been available to date, which has been simple lists.

Also lacking for now:  pictures for 99% of the varieties – YIKES!  At last count, I had 39,627 pictures on file, with 14% of these still needing to be named.  So uploading pictures will be a major, ongoing task over the next few months.

And still to upload:

Pictures and descriptions of an additional 647 varieties that are NOT tomatoes as follows:

Pepper 333
Melon & Cucumber 108
Squash & Gourd 74
Bean, Pea, Corn 46
Ground Cherry, Eggplant, Tomatillo 25
Herbs, Greens, Flowers etc. 61
Total 647

These are listed at:

DT ALL SEEDS AVAILABLE

Plus there are another 500 or so varieties of tomatoes, etc. for which I have seeds, but not enough to share – yet!

Whoever said Winter is boring for the avid (I mean obsessed) gardener??

Processing fully mature summer squash for seeds, 1-10-2016

Processing fully mature summer squash for seeds, 1-10-2016