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Post  landarch on 7/1/2014, 10:38 pm

Here are a few more pics of plants making progress in the garden...we've had a great mix of rain and sun...totally opposite of the majority of the summer last year.

Here is a pic of a typical square of onions...I do a grid of nine, then four more in the gaps (triangulated).  Next year I may stick to just nine and see if I get bigger onions.




Carbon tomatoes...my first year growing mostly heirlooms...vines are loaded with gorgeous tomaotes.  I am not pruning my vines as much as last year to keep minimize sun scalding.


Cucumber trellises...Tasty Green, Garden Oasis, Chelsea Prize, and Boston Pickling...probably pick the first cukes later this week.  I'm taking advantage of a guardrail atop our stone wall.  You can also see my watering barrel and a tomato container (cattle mineral tub).


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Indigo Apple tomatoes...I hope these things taste good.  Bigger tomatoes than I thought and heavy fruiting.

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Post  southern gardener on 7/2/2014, 1:42 am

beautiful!!!  love the colors in your pics too! thanks for sharing Smile

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 7/2/2014, 8:23 am

Really nice, Landarch!

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Post  llama momma on 7/2/2014, 8:30 am

Excellent!

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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/2/2014, 9:56 pm

This is the first year I've ever seen blue/purple/black tomatoes in person, and they seem perpetually astonishing to me. I just stare and stare. So beautiful and strange!

Love the looks of that Indigo Apple, landarch!

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Post  Judy McConnell on 7/3/2014, 8:03 am

Wonderful garden!!  Thanks for sharing.

Mark - this is the first year that I've grown "black" tomatoes - black cherry and Black Krim - both taste great.

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Post  llama momma on 7/3/2014, 11:28 am

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Last year I grew a tomato called Blue Berry Blend.  But I think it was a rip off as the fruit wasn't very tasty and it was hard.  I call it an ornamental tomato.  I don't even see it for sale anywhere this year.  But hey it was fun to look at--

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Post  landarch on 7/3/2014, 7:07 pm

I may consider the color a novelty until I can taste...

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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/4/2014, 2:08 am

@Judy McConnell wrote:Wonderful garden!!  Thanks for sharing.

Mark - this is the first year that I've grown "black" tomatoes - black cherry and Black Krim - both taste great.

Everybody raves about Black Krim -- I've gotta try one sometime!

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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/4/2014, 2:13 am

@llama momma wrote:Mark
Last year I grew a tomato called Blue Berry Blend.  But I think it was a rip off as the fruit wasn't very tasty and it was hard.  I call it an ornamental tomato.  I don't even see it for sale anywhere this year.  But hey it was fun to look at--

Yeah, those are quite pretty. Too bad about the taste.

The "hard" part surprises me. Did they change color after getting blue? If I recall correctly, I read somewhere about a blue tomato that you weren't supposed to eat when it turned blue, but later, when it changed color again, into red! Could it have been the same sort of thing?

A neighbor gave me two seedlings of a small cherry from Bakers Creek called Tomato Blueberry. I wonder if they might be the same plant that you had. I stunted them badly by putting them into contaminated soil, though, so I may never see a fruit out of them.

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Post  dixie on 7/4/2014, 10:26 am

Everything looks so healthy.  I've never tried any of the black tomatoes yet, maybe next year.

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Post  landarch on 7/7/2014, 10:35 pm

The black/ purple heirloom tomatoes rank highly in many taste tests (Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Carbon, Black Cherry, etc.).

It's these dark indigo blue tomatoes that I am curious about.  If the Indigo Apple does not please, then I may try one from Baker Creek called Blue Berries (actually from Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms)

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