I'm excited about my tomatoes this year. Instead of buying the standard hybrids available at the local garden center attached to Lowes or Home Depot, I decided to go to my local neighborhood grower, Enchanted Forest. They debuted their heirlooms this past Saturday. Here is what I got
Cherokee Purple - medium large dusky rose fruits with full flavor
Black Plum - oval 2" fruits, from deep mahogany to black-brown, nice rich color makes great sauce
Eva Purple Ball - smooth round 4 - 5 oz fruit, blemish free, very good flavor, does well in humid areas
I like the names of these as much as the descriptions - I am especially interested in the Eva Purple ball because it does well in humid areas.
Several weeks earlier I found a second heirloom tomato, that I was told would do well in the heat and humidity of SE Texas. The farmer lives north of me by 2 hours and he grew the Costoluto Gero last year up until August, then he cut it back and it grew back when temperatures got cooler in the fall. I have no clue what it will taste like or what it will look like but I'm excited to try it and find out. I'll keep you posted as the season progresses.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Back in the fall of 2010 I planted broccoli for the first time. I was curious to see how it would grow. One of the first things I noticed was that because the weather was too cool for insects to thrive, I had no problem with cabbage moths or cabbage worms. That was a plus. We began harvesting 7 - 8 inch wide heads through the month of January. I didn't pull my plants up after this initial harvest, as I had read that if left alone broccoli would put out shoots which would grow into additional smaller heads.