On tomatoes.

August 16, 2010

San Marzano

I cannot believe that it's mid-August already. It seems like the season has come and gone without a stable indicator by which to measure the passing of time. June was rainy, July's heat was generally mild, and we haven't had any of our usual thunderstorms. I guess I should know by now that mother nature doesn't always choose to cooperate with my expectations.

And August? We're finally in the heat. I hate anything above 85°F, but my tomatoes and peppers are loving it. We have fruit on our yellow gooseberries as of yesterday...

Yellow Gooseberries

Late is better than never! They look pretty small in the photo, but they'll actually grow into something fairly sizable. Not huge, but not cherry tomato-sized either.

I'm so glad these plants decided to live. They were the only two survivors from our attempts to start from seed, and then they proceeded to scoff at the June rains. They remain runt-sized amongst the others, but I'm almost certain they'll out-produce. If you're looking for a plant to boost your gardening ego, yellow gooseberries are highly recommended.

It's our Brandywine (Sudduth's strain) plant that has me worried. It has yet to fruit. This whole gardening year has been slow for us, and I feel like we're running out of time.

What about you? What are you harvesting/growing, and what seems to be successful for you so far?


  1. I have never started tomatoes from seed. I finally have room, so maybe I'll give it a try next year. They look gorgeous.

  2. Those tomatoes are radical. I have zucchinis almost everyday, purple bush beans, and a few green tomatoes. Gramma has lots of red tomatoes. Hers get A LOT of morning/mid-day sun and not much afternoon/evening sun. I'm pretty sure she waters the snot out of them too.

  3. You have some serious skill with the green thumb lady! Those tomatoes are crazy!

  4. Haha, thanks. I wish I could say that all of our tomato plants are doing so well. We've had some really off-weather this year in Oregon.

  5. Whatever it is you've got growing in that first photo - peppers maybe? is gorgeous. Good job. I'm so jealous of those with green thumbs.

  6. They're San Marzano tomatoes! Crazy looking, eh? :)