Plants in the Ground for 2017 Season

Update on Fumarole Farm project

Financially I am not able to install electricity (solar, wind turbine or otherwise), Internet service, greenhouses, a way to filter or distill the extremely hard water, amendments to the dense alkaline and salty clay soil, or protection for my seed inventory out in the harsh desert 30 miles away from where I live.  But this is what I can do for now.

Water barrels, a 275-gallon caged water tank, dozens of 5-gallon plastic buckets, around 60 tomato and pepper seedlings, and transportation of barrels of fresh water from my apartment.

We spent a long time scraping up very old sheep manure from the desert floor several miles away from the hot springs, then mixing it with potting mix that I purchased, filling buckets, and transplanting.

Buckets are inside of a goat corral (minus the goats) with the hope that the fence will keep out some of the local critters, and maybe even dissuade some of the local yahoos (of which there seems to be an abundance) from stealing what is not theirs.

Since Fumarole Farm has turned out to be a very risky place to plant, none of these tomato and pepper varieties is needed for seed production.  The first tomato variety to produce blossoms here was Ditmarsher.

Main Tomato Project

For the main tomato project for seed propagation, more than 600 seedlings died before we could even get them in the ground, or shortly thereafter.  Here is a picture of some of the cenotaphs, so to speak:

These are labels from the 12 prized giant tomato seeds that never emerged – see previous blog post.

Why did so many seedlings die?

  1. I was not personally there to take care of them
  2. I cut corners by adding bagged “top soil” to the potting mix, which may have introduced some disease
  3. We set freshly potted up seedlings in full sunshine when it was 65-70° F rather then moving them back indoors
  4. Seedlings were exposed to cold, wet rainy conditions with soggy cold soil – a perfect recipe for rampant damping-off disease
  5. I was more than a month late getting the high tunnel constructed; but once it was, the losses dropped off dramatically
  6. Pepper seedlings were transplanted directly from plug trays into the south bed of the high tunnel; about 4″ of fresh horse manure (but it was free…) was broadcast and tilled in, leading directly to about 50% mortality of seedlings
  7. In addition to the horse manure, about 1/3 of the pepper seedlings were transplanted directly into raw, fresh, urine-laden goat manure; 100% of those seedlings promptly died.

Note to self: Don’t even THINK about transplanting peppers into the garden until at least the first week of June, and NEVER use fresh, urine-soaked goat manure, at least not at this concentration.

The main tomato patch is located in Pleasant Grove on the same piece of land as the high tunnel and the giant tomato project.  Here are a few pictures showing installation of drip tubing and transplanting.

Many hours of repair work required to get the drip tubing in decent shape again.  The first seedling to produce blossoms in this main project was Biyskiy Rozan ( Бийский розан ):

With the hundreds of lost seedlings, on May 29th I made a final attempt to be able to save seeds from 70 tomato varieties that were no longer represented in the main tomato project.

May 30th:

Yesterday (May 8th), I potted up the 96 seedlings that emerged; hopefully the other 44 will germinate soon.

With warmer weather now, I am hoping for a far better survival rate.  But where to plant them??

I had some extra seedlings that I could not sell, so I potted up about 40 tomato and pepper seedlings into larger pots of various sizes and placed them outside my apartment window.  Here they are on May 27th:

And here they are 13 days later, most of them already outgrowing at least the 1-gallon pots:

The first blossom, as well as the first megabloom of the year, was on Rosella Purple – a dwarf version of Cherokee Purple (and no, I’m not expecting this to become my first 3-pounder of the year):

In a couple of weeks, once I determine which seedlings are likely to survive, I will post an updated list of all the varieties that are going in the ground this year and are likely to produce tomatoes for seed saving and sharing.

 

 

Giant Tomato Project 2017

I have not been able to focus on a Giant Tomato Project since 2014.  Although I got a good start in 2015, I was forced to abandon that in mid-August.

So here we go for 2017!  Not ideal conditions, as I live more than two hours away and will only be able to tend these plants a few days per month; but I can still hope for something in the 4-5 lb. range, as well as plenty of otherwise BIG tomatoes for fresh eating, etc.  Sure, I would love to break the world record (currently at 8.61 lbs.), but given the circumstances, I’m not going to indulge in that delusion.

I will revise and update this particular blog post throughout the growing season with noteworthy developments.

First – where to grow them?  A new high tunnel in Pleasant Grove, dimensions 55′ X 14′.  Here’s the beginning of that, cutting lumber and prepping the ground on April 21st.

The completed high tunnel is shown in a previous post.

Taking a cue from the successes and advice of several other giant tomato growers, I did not start any seeds for this project until the first day of May.  Using 24 one-gallon pots for the more “precious” seeds, I filled pots mostly full with rich potting mix, made a depression, added sterile seed starting mix, some mycorrhizal fungal spores, then more seed starting mix, then the seeds.  The idea is to start seeds in a sterile, nutrient-free medium, but have plenty of nutrition available as the seedlings grow, without the need to pot them up – and thereby disturb tender young roots – prior to transplanting them into the garden.

May 10th, filling in with more potting mix to encourage root grow along stems and moving young seedlings out to sit on the pickup truck to get their first taste of natural sunlight.

Only 12 of 24 seedlings in the gallon pots ever emerged; 11 of the 12 no-shows were all from the same source.

May 18th – young seedlings for this project and preparing the soil with about 4″ of horse manure – that might be too fresh but it was free.

Arrangement of high tunnel:

Two paths, 2′ wide and depressed about 8″.
North bed, 2-1/2 feet wide, planted with melons and cucumbers
South bed, 2-1/2 feet wide, planted with peppers and eggplant
Center bed, 5′ wide, giant tomato project with two rows, seedlings placed 2′ apart along double drip hoses with emitters aligned.

June 2nd, 32 days from seed sowing – prepping and amending soil (organic products only in this business – see OMRI labels), laying out drip hoses and transplanting.  Trenches dug, soil removed and mixed with amendments of peat moss and Ecoscraps Compost.  Additional mycorrhizal fungal spores added at the base of each seedling and trenches eventually filled in with the mixture as well.

I managed to squeeze in 48 seedlings for this giant tomato project of 28 different varieties and/or lineages as follows (20 duplicates not listed):

Anzhela Gigant Ukrainskaya (1.292 DT 2016)
Belmonte X Big Zac (2.962 DT)(1.982 DT 2016)(F2)
Bezrazmernyi (3.364 DT 2014)
Big Zac (2.130 DT 2016)(6.16 Foss)
Big Zac (2.784 DT 2015)(8.41 MacCoy)
Bigzarro (3.754 DT 2014)
Bill Bean Select
Chilo della Garfagnana (3.560 DT 2014)
Chudo Sada (Shlomin 2013)
Church (3.36 Perry 2008)
Delicious (3.205 DT 2014)
Domingo (3.016 Schielke 2014)
Domingo (4.647 DT 2014)
Domingo (4.938 Lai 2016)
Domingo (V. Domingo 2014)
Donskoi (3.108 DT 2014)
Gigantamo (M. Johnson 2016)
Hoy X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(1.988 DT 2015)(F2)
MegaMarv (4.08 Khilenko 2016)
Megazac (6.13 Konieczny 2016)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(3.698 DT 2015)(F2)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster X MegaMarv (2.030 DT 2015)(F2)
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.724 DT 2015)(F2)
Russian Oxheart (1.95 Spaziani 2015)
Shuntuski Velikan X Big Zac (3.75 Catapano)(2.174 DT 2015)(F2)
Wes X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.542 DT 2014)(F1)
West Virginia Sweetmeat (3.312 DT 2014)
Zaczilla (1.832 DT 2016)

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Update June 16, 2017

High tunnel tied open and shade cloth installed just ahead of potentially 100° plus weather:

This setup of shade cloth over a high tunnel was reasonably successful for producing giant tomatoes three years ago, so why not try again?

Plus adjustments made with drip system, as the south row was getting little water.

Healthiest looking seedlings and developing megablooms inside the high tunnel include:

Bezrazmernyi (3.364 DT 2014)
Безразмерный translated to Dimensionless:

Bigzarro (3.754 DT 2014)

Bill Bean Select:

Megazac (6.13 Konieczny 2016):

Michael’s Portuguese Monster X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2), with the largest seedling and most impressive megabloom developing:

Outside the high tunnel in the main tomato patch, a very impressive cluster of flower buds, including a megabloom, is forming on a Russkiy Razmer Rozovyy vine.
Русский размер розовый translates to Russian Size Pink.

And the largest vine to date, though without megablooms, is Staroobryadcheskyi; Старообрядческий translates to Old Believers:

 

New High Tunnel Now Up and Working in Utah County

This one is 55′ long by 14′ wide and is modeled after this “Low Cost High Tunnel” design:

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1296&context=extension_curall

With these modifications:

• Ribs are spaced 2-1/2″ apart, rather than 3′
• Rebar anchors are 3-1/3′ long, rather than 2′, and protrude 15″ out of the ground
• Purlin is made of 1-1/2″ PVC pipe, rather than 1″
• Purlin is supported every 8-10′ with 1-1/2″ PVC pipe, anchored 2′ into the ground
• Junctions are made with PVC pipe tee’s, knotted baler twine and Gorilla tape
• Tie-down twine is doubled so plastic can be held more securely against ribs

Hopefully these design improvements will help the tunnel withstand high winds and heavy snows without adding much additional cost. Total cost for this tunnel was around $850. Assuming, of course, that labor costs are $0.00 per hour.

 

See prior blog posts for the varieties of tomatoes and peppers that are being grown this year.

Based on advice and very positive results from world-class giant tomato growers, I started seeds for my giant tomato project on May 1st. Here is a list of varieties (including lineage) in the primary batch:

Big Zac (6.88 MacCoy 2014)
Bigzarro (3.754 DT 2014)
Domingo (4.647 DT 2014)
Domingo (4.938 Lai 2016)
Domingo (5.95 Konieczny 2016)
Megadom (5.61 Konieczny 2016)
MegaMarv (4.08 Khilenko 2016)
MegaMutt (D Konieczny 2016)
Megazac (6.13 Konieczny 2016)
Megazac (6.23 Konieczny 2016)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2)
Russian Oxheart (4.66 Spaziani 2016)
Slammer (4.80 Konieczny 2016)

These I started in 6″ (“Gallon”) pots with my usual blend as potting mix, including a 1/2-cup sized depression to which I added mycorrhizal fungal spores and fine seed propogation mix.

The secondary list for the giant tomato project:

Anzhela Gigant Ukrainskaya (1.292 DT 2016)
Belmonte X Big Zac (2.962 DT)(1.982 DT 2016)(F2)
Bezrazmernyi (3.364 DT 2014)
Bezrazmernyi X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.720 DT 2015)(F2)
Big Zac (2.130 DT 2016)(6.16 Foss)
Big Zac (2.784 DT 2015)(8.41 MacCoy)
Bill Bean Select
Brutus Magnum (2.976 DT 2014)
Brutus Magnum X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.470 DT 2015)(F2)
Chilo della Garfagnana (3.560 DT 2014)
Chudo Sada (Shlomin 2013)
Church (3.36 Perry 2008)
Delicious (2.868 DT 2014)
Delicious (3.205 DT 2014)
Domingo (3.016 Schielke 2014)
Domingo (3.69 Johnston 2015)
Domingo (V. Domingo 2014)
Donskoi (3.108 DT 2014)
Gigantamo (M. Johnson 2016)
Hoy X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2)
Ispanskiy Gigant (1.632 DT 2016)
Krupnaya Grozd’ (Khilenko 2015)
MegaMarv (2.332 DT 2012)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 2012)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2)
Michael’s Portuguese Monster X MegaMarv (2.030 DT 2015)(F2)
Rebecca Sebastian’s Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.724 DT 2015)(F2)
Russian Oxheart (1.95 Spaziani 2015)
Shuntuski Velikan X Big Zac (3.75 Catapano)(2.174 DT 2014)(F2)
Smith’s Southern Star (M. Johnson 2016)
Wes X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.542 DT 2014)(F1)
West Virginia Sweetmeat (3.312 DT 2014)
Zaczilla (1.832 DT 2016)

These I started in 3-1/2″ pots using the same method and ingredients.

Problem is, I still don’t know where I will be growing these. It’s rather late in the game to be deciding this, but I am an itinerant farmer, after all.

And this morning I went to the local hardware store to pick up a lost part for the tiller; I could not resist purchasing yet another tomato variety, Buffalo (a hybrid):

I was likely in the middle of moving when the seed was planted which produced this large seedling!

 

First Ripe Tomatoes of 2017 – Red Robin

Well, almost ripe anyhow, 129 days from seed, 99 from potting up into 1-gallon pots.  These micro-dwarf tomato plants were grown indoors about 85% of the time, but have been moved in and out many times, as well being transported at least six times.

A couple more cold nights ahead, so once again I moved all seedlings into a small bedroom that is trying to function as a greenhouse:

When outside, this is the best I can manage for a greenhouse/high tunnel:

Gotta keep them away from the many dogs in the neighborhood.  There is no way to get the temperatures up into the 80-90° range, which would make them grow much faster than the mostly cool weather of late.  But they should be relatively hardy, at least.

Oh yes, as posted last week, I did attempt using a domed hoop house at Fumarole Farm for hardening off seedlings.  Disaster –

Pretty well roasted after just one day:

And toast after a week:

Of 72 seedlings in this trial, perhaps two pepper and 5 eggplant seedlings might pull through.  The design is great for growing through the winter, but there is no way to completely open up the plastic when the intense sunshine of this time of year jacks the temperature up to the 130° F range or higher.  Of course it might help if I lived where I grow instead of leaving tender young seedlings to the elements, unattended, for days at a time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fumarole Farm Teams Up with Delectation of Tomatoes

Yesterday I helped cover a domed hoop house at Fumarole Farm and this morning we placed pepper seedlings inside.  With about 25° F predicted for the low temperature this weekend, I am not concerned about the cold damaging the seedlings.  Dan, the property owner, has been growing tomatoes, peppers and other garden plants all winter long for several years using these domed hoop houses.  See his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/bakerhotsprings/

This 120-acre farm is located downstream from Baker Hot Springs at the base of Fumarole Butte in Juab County, Utah.  Following are a few pictures.

At or near the source – notice salt crystals along the edge.  We measured total dissolved solids at over 5,000 ppm – that was as high as the device would measure, so obviously watering plants with this water directly would be deadly to the plants!  Baker Hot Springs water temperatures range from 180° F at one source to about 85° where the water is used to heat domed hoop houses.

 

Dome before adding plastic – about 18 feet in diameter, 16 ribs made from 1-inch PVC pipe.

Water flowing into the pond under the dome:

Dome now covered with greenhouse plastic film:

View from inside – it feels like a tropical jungle!

These are pepper seedlings, freshly potted up from plug trays.  There should be room for over ninety 1020 trays if we maximized space.  In addition to high humidity and the risk of overheating (we did cut a vent hole on the top), one concern is mice, which have taken their share of seedlings in the past.  Mouse traps set.

P.S. – The next morning I woke up to this:

So many days in March and April have felt like Summer, including several days of record high temperatures.  It has been tempting to plant early…

I am mostly through with planting seeds for seedlings this year.  Following are lists of eggplant, pepper and tomato varieties which I’ve planted for this year.  Some go to the Fumarole Farm Project, some to the Russian Tomato Project, some to the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Project, and some are bound for market.

Note that these are not “seeds for sale” lists (not yet, anyhow); for those, please visit:

http://www.delectationoftomatoes.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

EGGPLANT (5 varieties)

Black Beauty
Casper
Mestisa
Orient Charm
Ping Tung

PEPPER (63 varieties)

Aji Limon
Ancho (Poblano)
Bahamian Goat
Bhut Jolokia
Big Red
Bleeding Borg 9
Bolivian Rainbow
Bonda Ma Jacques
Brazilian Starfish
Burgundy 7 Pod
California Wonder
Caramel Moruga
Carolina Reaper
Carpathia
Chocolate Borg 9
Chocolate Brainstrain
Chocolate Habanero
Chocolate Naga X Brain
Doe Hill
Dulce Italiano
Dunyasha
Feher Ozon
Fish
Flavorburst
Fresno
Friariello de Napoli
Ga Sangwa Kinnet
Genghis Khan Brain
Gypsy
Ivolga
Jalapeño, Early
Jalapeño, Tam Mild
Jalapeño, Traveler’s Strain
Jay’s Peach Ghost Scorpion
King of the North
Le Rouge Royal
Lesya Necsi
Margaret’s
Maska Sarga
Mini Bell
Oda
Orange Sun
Orangevyi Korol
Paper Lantern
Paradiscom Alaku Sarga Szentes
Prairie Fire
Pusztagold
Rocoto Red
Satsuma
Serrano Tampequeno
Siberian First
Siling Haba
Spanish Spice
Striped Holland
Super Red Pimento
Sweet Crunch Orange
Tabasco Annco BGft
Unknown Mexico thick
Unknown Mexico thin
Wenk’s Yellow
White 7 Pod
Yellow Brain Strain
Zheltyi Slon

TOMATO (354 varieties)

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Abakanets
Abe Lincoln
Abkhaziya Rozovaya
Absinthe
Adamovo Yabloko
Aker’s Oxheart
Aker’s West Virginia
Alabama Belle
Al-Kuffa
Altayskiy Belyy
Alyi Mustang
Amana Orange
Amazon Chocolate
Amish Potato Leaf
Andrew Rahart’s Jumbo Red
Andy Buckflats Wonder
Angela Giant
Anmore Dewdrop
Arabskyi Gigant
Argentinskaya Slivka
Astana 6
Aunt Gertie’s Gold
Auria
Auria, offtype
Aussie Drops
B’lgarska Khala
Babushka Byka
Babushkina Radost’
Babushkino Bych’ye Serdtse
Bangladesh Heart
Barlow Jap
Basrawya
Bear Creek
Berkeley Tie-dye Heart
Bezymyannyie Semonovny
Big Cheef OP
Big Yellow Simpson
Big Zac
Bigzarro
Bill Bean Select
Birma
Bison
Biyskiy Rozan
Black Beauty
Black Cherry
Black from Tula
Black Master
Black Mountain Pink
Bloody Butcher
Bochkovoy Minusinskiy
Bodryi Ptichyi Krik
Bolgarskyi Delikates
Boondocks
Bordovyy
Boroda Printsa
Bozhyi Dar
Brad’s Black Heart
Brandy Boy
Brandywine from Croatia, PL
Brandywine, Texas
Budonovka Starinnaya
Bugay Rozovyi
Bukharskoye Bych’ye Serdtse
Bŭlgarska Khala
Bursztyn
Buzkove Ozero
Bychiy Myod
Bych’ye Serdtse Abakanskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Kazakhstanskoye
Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Kistevoye
Bychyi Mod 1106 Gr.
Cascade Village Blue
Casey’s Pure Yellow
Chernigovskyi
Chernyi Okshart
Chernyi Okskhart
Chervonnyi Gigant
Chocolate Champion
Chudo Gollandii
Chukhloma
Church
Churra Plum
Corazon De Bue
Cosmonaut Volkov
Couer de Bob
Coustralee, Khilenko
Coyote
Creole
Cuostralée
Da Barao Tsarskyi Krasnyi Ukrainskyi
Daniel Burson
Delicious
Ditmarsher
Divo
Domati
Domingo
Druzba
Dwarf Mr. Snow
Dwarf Russian Swirl
Dwarf Stone
Dwarf Wild Fred
Dyvo
Earl’s Green Cherry
Early Chatham
Early Salad, Hybrid
Elfie
Fakel
Federiko
Flashentomate
Flathead Monster Orange
Fleur de Reagir
Forest Fire
Fourth of July
Fourth of July (OP)
G. G.’s Yellow Belgian
Gajo de Melon
Gary’O Sena
General Kornilov
Giant Italian Paste
Gigant Napy
Gigant Zenta Semi
Girl Girl’s Weird Thing
Gladiator Hybrid
Goluboy Les
Gom Bal
Goose Creek Black
Gospozha Udacha
Grandpa’s Cock’s Plume
Granonnyie
Greek, unknown
Green
Green Doctors Frosted
Gregori’s Altai
Grub’s Mystery Green
Gruzinskyie
Hagan Little Yellow
Hazel Mae
Herman’s Yellow
Honey Giant
Huge Black
Huge Giant Yellow
Iditarod
Indigo Black Shadow
Iosi- San
Irish Stripes
Ispanskiy Gigant
Ital’Yanskaya Grusha
Iva Red Berry
Jabučar Velika Plana
Japanese Oxheart
Jaune Flammee
Joe’s Pink Oxheart
Joe’s Plum
Kadyshevskyie
Kameliya
Kanary
Katja
Kavkazskaya Liana
Kavkazskyi Velikan
Kazakhskaya Sliva
Kellogg’s Breakfast
King Kong
Kitayskyi Obsypnoy Malysh
Komandor Fortuna
Kommercheskyi Rozovyi
Koralic
Korenovskyie
Kosovo
Kot Timofey
Krainiy Sever
Krasochnaya Sliva
Kubanskaya Sliva
Kukla’s Portuguese Beefsteak
Kumato
Kuum
Ladoshka
Lapot’ Iz Sadovki
Legend
Lemon Drop
Leningradskyi Serdtsevidnyi
Lidiya
Lila Sari
Lime Green Salad
Lithium Sunset X Indigo Rose
Lithuanian
Livingston’s Gold Ball
Lucinda
Lyubimyye Kurskiye
Lyudmilka
Maddeline’s Vine Candy
Makedonskoye Rozovoye Chudo
Malakhitovaya Shkatulka
Malina Treston
Malinovyi Rassvet
Manalucie
Marizol Gold
Marshal Pobeda
Matador
Matchless (Austin)
Matina
Medvezh’Ye Serdtse
Megadom
Megamarv
Megamarv, Khilenko
MegaMutt
Megazac
Mexico, Khilenko
Michael’s Portuguese Monster
Minusinskiy Yablochnyy Rozovyy
Minusinskyi Nizkoroslyi
Minusinskyi Pertsevidnyi
Minusinskyi Ploskyi
Minusinskyi Starinnyi
Minusinskyi Urozhaynyi
Miss Kennedy
Model’
Moldavskyie Rozovyie
Monica
Mont Athos
Moravsky Div
Mr. Bruno
Mule Team
Nesravnennyi
Nizkoroslyi Sverkhrannyi
Nochnaya Svecha
Odessa
Old Heart Italian
Omskyi Velikan
Orange Bourgoin
Orange Pixie
Parikmakher
Peaches and Cream
Petrovich
Phoenix
Pineapple
Pink Berkeley Tie-dye
Pink Oxheart
Pobeda
Pobeda Kosmonavtiki
Pol’skoye Serdtse Gigant
Poma Amoris Minora Lutea
Prezident Yuar
Purple Cherry
Purple Elgin GWR
Purple Reign
Qiyanai-Huang
Radishchevskyie
Rannyaya Lyubov
Red Alert
Red Barn
Red Belly
Red Groppi
Regina’s Yellow
Reibais Kekars
Rhoades Heirloom
Rim
Romeo
Rosella Purple
Rozovyi Gigant
Rufus Carrigan’s Mexican Pink
Russian Oxheart
Russian Rose
Russkiy Razmer Malinovyy
Russkiy Razmer Rozovyy
Russo Sicilian
Sainte-Lucie
San Marzano
Sasha’s Altai
Schlicht’s Orange Cherry
Serdtse Italii
Serebryanyi Klyuch
Shadow Boxing
Siberian
Sibirskiy Skorospelyi
Skubi
Slammer
Slankards
Slava Moldovy
Sleeping Lady
Smugglers
Sofia
Soldatovo
Solntse Moyo
Sophie’s Choice
Sosedi Otdykhayut
Sovetskyie
Spasskyie Iz Ryazani
Spudakee
Spyashchyi Gigant
Stal’
Staroobryadcheskyi
Striped Sweetheart Dark
Stupice
Sub Arctic 2
Sugar Plum Fairy
Summer Sunrise
Sunrise Bumblebee
Super Nova
Super Sioux
Suzdal’Skyie
Syzranka
Tadzhikskyie
Tamara
Taterkin
Teschchin Yazyk
Tollison’s German
Tomatoberry – H
Tondio Liscio
Tsar’
Tsindao
Ukh, Visit!
Ukrainian Pear
Ukrainskyi Gigant
Ultra Skorospelyi
Uralskiy Ranniy
Utyonok
Van’Ka
Venus
Verkiny
Vikulya
Vinnaya Bukhta
Vinnyi Bolgarskyi Velikan
Virginia Sweets
Vishnovyi
Volov’ye Serdtse Pobeditel
V 2010 V Minusinske
Wes
Wessel’s Purple Pride
Wild Thyme Purple
Work Release Paste
Ya- Gigant
Yablochnyy Lipetskiy
Yaponiya
Yegipetskaya Lad’ya
Yellow Beefsteak
Yellow Out Red In
Yellow Star
Yevgeniya
Yukon Quest
Yusupovskyi S Fergany
Zaczilla
Zagadka Doliny Roz
Zagadka Doliny Roz Sertsevidnaya
Zagadka Prirody
Zalais Pipertomats
Zamok Shartr
Zapotec Red
Zarevo
Zeke Dishman, Khilenko
Zheltij Delikates
Zhenskaya Grud’
Zluta Kytice
Zogola
Zolotoy Myod

Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me again this year – back at it!

New HQ 4 DT

New Headquarters established for Delectation of Tomatoes in Delta, Utah

361 S 300 W Apt 15
Delta, UT 84624
United States of America

This is a tiny 1-room rental and is the first time in a year that I have unpacked my suitcase!

Entire seed inventory of Delectation of Tomatoes is now reasonably accessible without having to stack and unstack boxes constantly:

The tables are packed with boxes of seeds underneath as well. These take up the entire living room, and I have set up light stands to grow seedlings in 288-cell plug trays in the tiny bedroom.

The business still owns not a square inch of land, and for the seventh year running, I will be growing on property that belongs to others.  Hint:  please tell your gardening friends that there is a viable alternative to the big box stores for seeds – with nearly 3,000 varieties in inventory!

http://www.delectationoftomatoes.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Or anyone who thinks it’s a good idea to preserve heirloom seeds from around the world – any kind of support would be much appreciated, as this monumental effort merits institutional backing…

This year, much of my growing efforts will be on Fumarole Farm (tentative name), located near:

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Steam from Baker Hot Springs is visible on the other side of the fence.  More about this project another day.

I attempted to grow several plants of Striped Holland pepper (aka Enjoya Pepper) indoors.  Not a lot of luck – huge aphid problem, as usual, and being in transition has made growing indoors especially challenging.  But here’s what they produced:

These are very tasty and quite sweet peppers, but they had only a few seeds and are not striped as I was hoping (see pictures from a couple of blog posts ago).  I did read that this variety is grown on grafted plants.  Maybe it’s a hybrid?  I need to do more research.

I had much better luck with growing Red Robin indoors – a micro-dwarf tomato variety with tiny red, fruits:

Picture above is of a Red Robin seedling started indoors in December, 2016;
while that below is of the delicious fruits, weighing an average of 7.7 grams,
from which parent seeds were extracted on 9-06-2016.

These seeds yielded 100% germination rate (12/12 seeds).  All 12 seedlings are doing well and have fruits or flowers.  For the most part, I have grown them under a metal halide 400-watt bulb.

Planting seeds by the hundreds tomorrow – let the new growing season begin!!

 

Grow-out List for 2017

Following is a partial and very preliminary list of tomato varieties I’m planning to trial in 2017, and hopefully save enough seeds for sharing.  At this point (January 30, 2017), it includes 140 Russian (mostly) varieties, of which 30 were crop failures in 2016; that is, I attempted to grow them in 2016 but was unable to save seeds.  In addition to these, there is a developing list of at least 150 additional varieties that I need to grow again to replenish seeds.

A very small sample of what some of these Russian varieties looked like in 2016:

Bych'ye Serdtse Minusinskoye s Nosikom

Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye s Nosikom

Bych'ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Zholtoye

Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Zholtoye

Kiselovskiye

Kiselovskiye

The preliminary list for 2017: transliterations are provisional and translations need to be checked with a qualified translator before publishing.  Plus some of these varieties may be from other parts of the world, then variety names translated into Russian.  Research is ongoing, but feel free to enlighten me!  Email dale@gianttomatoseeds.com

No. Russian Variety Name Transliterated to English
1 Абаканец Abakanets
2 Абхазия розовая Abkhaziya Rozovaya
3 Адамово яблоко Adamovo Yabloko
4 Алтайский белый Altayskiy Belyy
5 Алый мустанг Alyy Mustang
6 Арабский гигант Arabskiy Gigant
7 Аргентинская сливка Argentinskaya Slivka
8 Астана 6 Astana 6
9 Бьлгарска хала B’lgarska Khala
10 Бабушка быка Babushka Byka
11 Бабушкина радость Babushkina Radost’
12 Бабушкино бычье сердце Babushkino Bych’ye Serdtse
13 Безымянные Семёновны Bezymyannyye Semonovny
14 Бирма Birma
15 Бийский розан Biyskiy Rozan
16 Бочковой Минусинский Bochkovoy Minusinskiy
17 Бодрый птичий крик Bodryy Ptichiy Krik
18 Болгарский деликатес Bolgarskiy Delikates
19 Бордовый Bordovyy
20 Борода принца Boroda Printsa
21 Божий дар Bozhiy Dar
22 Будёновка старинная Budonovka Starinnaya
23 Бугай розовый Bugay Rozovyy
24 Бухарское бычье сердце Bukharskoye Bych’ye Serdtse
25 Българска хала Bŭlgarska Khala
26 Бузкове озеро Buzkove Ozero
27 Бычий Мёд Bychiy Mod
28 Бычий мёд Bychiy Myod
29 Бычье сердце Абаканское Bych’ye Serdtse Abakanskoye
30 Бычье сердце Казахстанское Bych’ye Serdtse Kazakhstanskoye
31 Бычье сердце Минусинское кистевое Bych’ye Serdtse Minusinskoye Kistevoye
32 Черниговский Chernigovskiy
33 Червонный гигант Chervonnyy Gigant
34 Чудо Голандии Chudo Gollandii
35 Corazon de Bue Corazon de Bue
36 Да барао царский красный Украинский Da barao Tsarskiy Krasnyy Ukrainskiy
37 Диво Divo
38 Домати Domati
39 Диво Dyvo
40 Факел Fakel
41 Федерико Federiko
42 Гавайский Gavayskiy
43 Генерал Корнилов General Kornilov
44 Гигант Зента Семи Gigant Zenta Semi
45 Голубой лес Goluboy Les
46 Гом Бал Gom Bal
47 Госпожа удача Gospozha Udacha
48 Гранённые Granonnyye
49 Грузинские Gruzinskiye
50 Иоси- Сан Iosi- San
51 Итальянская груша Ital’yanskaya Grusha
52 Кадышевские Kadyshevskiye
53 Камелия Kameliya
54 Канары Kanary
55 Кавказская лиана Kavkazskaya Liana
56 Кавказский великан Kavkazskiy Velikan
57 Казахская слива Kazakhskaya Sliva
58 Китайский обсыпной малыш Kitayskiy Obsypnoy Malysh
59 Командор фортуна Komandor Fortuna
60 Коммерческий розовый Kommercheskiy Rozovyy
61 Кореновские Korenovskiye
62 Кот Тимофей Kot Timofey
63 Красочная слива Krasochnaya Sliva
64 Кубанская слива Kubanskaya Sliva
65 Куум Kuum
66 Ладошка Ladoshka
67 Лапоть из Садовки Lapot’ iz Sadovki
68 Ленинградский сердцевидный Leningradskiy Serdtsevidnyy
69 Лидия Lidiya
70 Любимые Курские Lyubimyye Kurskiye
71 Людмилка Lyudmilka
72 Македонское розовое чудо Makedonskoye Rozovoye Chudo
73 Малина Трестон Malina Treston
74 Малиновый рассвет Malinovyy Rassvet
75 Маршал Победа Marshal Pobeda
76 Матадор Matador
77 Медвежье сердце Medvezh’ye Serdtse
78 Минусинский низкорослый Minusinskiy Nizkoroslyy
79 Минусинский перцевидный Minusinskiy Pertsevidnyy
80 Минусинский плоский Minusinskiy Ploskiy
81 Минусинский Старинный Minusinskiy Starinnyy
82 Минусинский урожайный Minusinskiy Urozhaynyy
83 Минусинский яблочный розовый Minusinskiy Yablochnyy Rozovyy
84 Модель Model’
85 Молдавские розовые Moldavskiye Rozovyye
86 Гигант Напы NAPA Giant
87 Несравненный Nesravnennyy
88 Низкорослый сверхранний Nizkoroslyy Sverkhranniy
89 Ночная свеча Nochnaya Svecha
90 Old Heart Italian Old Heart Italian
91 Омский великан Omskiy Velikan
92 Парикмахер Parikmakher
93 Победа Pobeda
94 Победа космонавтики Pobeda Kosmonavtiki
95 Польское сердце гигант Pol’skoye Serdtse Gigant
96 Президент ЮАР Prezident YUAR
97 Радищевские Radishchevskiye
98 Ред Гроппи Red Groppi
99 Русский размер малиновый Russkiy Razmer Malinovyy
100 Русский размер розовый Russkiy Razmer Rozovyy
101 Сердце Италии Serdtse Italii
102 Серебрянный ключ Serebryanyy Klyuch
103 Скуби Skubi
104 Слава Молдовы Slava Moldovy
105 Солдатово Soldatovo
106 Солнце моё Solntse Moyo
107 Соседи отдыхают Sosedi Otdykhayut
108 Советские Sovetskiye
109 Спасские из Рязани Spasskiye Iz Ryazani
110 Спящий гигант Spyashchiy Gigant
111 Сталь Stal’
112 Старообрядческий Staroobryadcheskiy
113 Суб Артик 2 Sub Arctic 2
114 Суздальские Suzdal’skiye
115 Сызранка Syzranka
116 Таджикские Tadzhikskiye
117 Тамара Tamara
118 Царь Tsar’
119 Ух, Висит! Ukh, Visit!
120 Украинский гигант Ukrainskiy Gigant
121 Ванька Van’ka
122 Веркины Verkiny
123 Викуля Vikulya
124 Винная бухта Vinnaya Bukhta
125 Винный Болгарский великан Vinnyy Bolgarskiy Velikan
126 Вишнёвый Vishnovyy
127 Воловье сердце победитель Volov’ye Serdtse Pobeditel’
128 Я- Гигант Ya- Gigant
129 Яблочный Липецкий Yablochnyy Lipetskiy
130 Япония Yaponiya
131 Египетская ладья Yegipetskaya Lad’ya
132 Евгения Yevgeniya
133 Юсуповский с Ферганы Yusupovskiy s Fergany
134 Загадка долины роз Zagadka Doliny Roz
135 Загадка долины роз серцевидная Zagadka Doliny Roz Sertsevidnaya
136 Zaļais Pipertomats Zalais Pipertomats
137 Замок Шартр Zamok Shartr
138 Зарево Zarevo
139 Женская грудь Zhenskaya Grud’
140 Золотой мёд Zolotoy Myod

In the middle of moving again, business and all; to where is not certain; where to grow all of these wonderful varieties is not certain either.