Planting Completed for 2018 Growing Season

As of June 15th, planting is completed for the 2018 growing season.  This includes a late-late planting of 40 tomato varieties for those that did not germinate or that were destroyed by goats.

Oh yes, let’s not forget those goats::

Goats and gardens really don’t mix.  Why were the goats getting out, again and again?  “You give power to what you blame”.  Moving along…

Anyhow, here is what the main tomato patch looks like after installation of T-posts and drip irrigation:


Final Tally for tomatoes:  591 varieties from which I plan and hope to be able to save seeds this year for sharing with other growers.  I hope they start ripening extra early this year, as this is a massive undertaking and it would be really good if I could finish the task before Thanksgiving.

Here are a few varieties with earliest blossoms and fruit set:

Dwarf Arctic Rose
Dwarf Franklin County
Dwarf Shadow Boxing
Totuska ( Тётушка )
Fourth of July (OP)
Red Alert

Bison, first blossoms on about May 12th, 58 days from sowing; fruit golf ball sized by June 15th:

Dwarf Arctic Rose, first blossoms open on June 3rd, 63 days from sowing; fruit as of June 17th:

At least 40 other varieties have set fruit – hoping temps will stay under 95 for a couple more weeks at least so that blossoms will set fruit and I can start saving seeds before September!

Giant Tomato Project Update:

The three most impressive megablooms (still in development as of June 17th) are on these varieties:


Michael’s Portuguese Monster


And Gold Medal.  Plus there are megablooms forming on at least 20 varieties in the main tomato patch.  Here is a reminder of what the parent of Tamara produced in 2017, forming from perhaps the most impressive megabloom (8X) of that season, out in the open tomato patch with no special care, yet growing to 1.964 lb.:

And some other interesting items –

North Pole Lettuce, three plants survived the winter:

Even after severe damage from goats I may be overly optimistic about this growing season.  Here is the first plant to bite the dust from Curly Top Virus, Polesskiy Gigant Tarasenko:

Should have a good crop of fresh chive seeds this year:

An attractive and tasty variety of lettuce, Flashy Speckled Trout:

Kale is producing well, Red Russian:

An interesting variety of cushaw squash, named Moapa Squash, seeds obtained in person at the 2018 Utah Farm Conference from Quail Hollow Farm:

Microdwarf tomato seedlings are growing very slowly, but at least they are alive and look healthy:

Grzduja plants are getting stressed in this shallow pot.  I ought to transplant them out into the main garden, now that they are likely mature enough to survive attacks from snails and grasshoppers:

Very tasty Amish Snap peas produced the first ripe peas 68 days from seed, nearly two weeks earlier than five other varieties:

Chickens have done their share of damage as well, even in the high tunnel.  At least this one seedling in the giant tomato project may not survive:

And some aesthetically pleasing sex organs of plants – flowers that is –


Larkspur, some of these well over 6′ tall:






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