The little red cherry tomatoes are called Wild Cherry, or Matt’s Wild Cherry — they are one of my must-grows. The lone yellow cherry is my other cherry must-grow, Galina’s Yellow Cherry. The dusky ones are Black Cherry. The yellow-orange ones that look like cat’s eye sapphires are Isis Candy.
In the plate of sliced tomatoes, the green ones on both sides are Aunt Ruby’s German Green. The red ones on the left with the pink tag are Stump of the World (a religious reference to Jesus). The pink ones on the left with the yellow tag are Prudens Purple. The red ones on the left are both categorized as black tomatoes: Carbon in the front and Cuban Black in the back with the green tag.
The average time from planting to ripe tomatoes for the varieties I choose is 80 days. Thanks to you, gentle readers, I was able to buy the supplies I need to plant my heirloom tomatoes this year — so you will be rewarded with lots of heirloom tomato pr0n. In a few minutes, I’ll go outside to bring the rest of my containers to the front yard. The next step is to create my deer fence, if the ground is soft enough to drive in the stakes. If not, I’ll start getting the soil in the containers mixed.
Last summer was the first my tomatoes didn’t prosper. The weather then was not good for tomatoes — too cloudy — but I did some research last week and I think the real problem is that the soil had compacted in the containers and the plants couldn’t thrive because they weren’t getting enough air. I unwittingly did the same thing to my transplanted seedlings, some of which were put into potting mix from last year that was very compacted. I could not figure out why those seedlings were pale and not growing like the others — but as soon as I squished the cups they were in to loosen the potting mix, they began to send out leaves and thrive. I’ll show pictures sometime this week. The garden supplies I was able to purchase thanks to the donations of my dear gentle readers should ensure that this year the tomatoes will have the air and nutrition they need to thrive — I thank you, and the plants thank you!