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Tomato Madness!

August 4, 2011

The tomato garden on a hot & hazy day

Its our favorite time of the summer – tomato season!  How are yours doing this year?  We’re having another serious dry spell, but ours are hanging in there.  I planted them further apart this summer in case of more of the same as last year – little rain.  They probably could be even further apart and be happier yet.  I’m doing the same for the tomatoes as our vineyard consultant Lucie Morton told me to do for the grapes – keep them in their own space and respect their neighbors!  That’s pretty good advise for everyone.  I know the trend has been for intensive vegetable gardening, but I don’t buy it unless you really like to water or it rains a lot.

Here are the tomatoes that are performing pretty well so far:

Health Kick – Consistent size and quality.  Good quantity.  This tomato is a determinate type that has 50% more lycopene than other tomatoes.  It’s really good for canning, but fine fresh.  I’ll definitely grow this one next year.  It’s a good example of why hybrids make sense.  The seeds are expensive  – 30 seeds for about $4.50, but I certainly don’t need that many plants each year, so I’ll save the seeds in the refrigerator.  Also, the plants could be purchased this year at Southern States and the Crozet Farmers Market.

Ripening Health Kick Tomatoes

Two other nice qualities of Health Kick:

1.  The skins peel very easily when dipped in boiling water.  Off like a jacket!

2.  There is no waste, no hard inner core or hard top.  They can be canned whole.


Left: Principe Borghese; Right: Chocolate Cherry