I am growing 11 tomato varieties. In March heirloom tomato plants were growing under lights in my basement waiting to go out in the garden around June 1. Bloody Butcher was so vigorous that we were able to harvest tomatoes while it was still growing indoors. Early April I wrote about and showed a picture of how I was able to keep this fast growing tomato indoors. Here is my tomato patch
The 33ft south side arbor is one of my vegetable garden areas. Raspberries grow on the left. You can see a rhubarb on the right and some of the tomatoes. I yearly rotate where I plant vegetables.
I have 2 tomatoes in pots. The Bloody Butcher is at the right. This tomato was so tall, I had to put it out earlier than I wanted. The plant was taller than a protective Wall-O-Waters, so I delayed covering it. I think I was trying to figure out how to protect the plant. The poor tomato got so beat by the wind that it damaged all it’s leaves. I clipped the top leader, so that the plant would fit under it’s protection and wondered if it would recover. It did! It’s a tasty small-medium size tomato. Most definitely, I will try to grow Bloody Butcher again. But there is no need to start it in March. Maybe late April. It grows fast and sets tomatoes every few inches up it’s stem. To the left is a Black Krim. The following picture was taken from inside my little garden house.
I take the glass and screen off this particular window. Otherwise, bees and insects get trapped.
During a trip to Denver in May, I bought a Cherokee Purple tomato. The plant grows tall. This tomato is almost ripe.
Burpees Big Boy is almost 7 ft tall and growing taller. The fruit is red, beautiful and delicious.
Burpees Big Boy. I want lots of tomatoes. I “put-up” my own healthy tomatoes.
Mortgage Lifter produces a large tasty purplish colored tomato on a tall big plant.
Sugary is a very sweet small tomato. These don’t make it to the kitchen table. The worker deserves her reward.
Jetsetter, Early Girl, Silver Fir Tree, Black Krim and Bloody Butcher all provided very early tomatoes. Silver Fir Tree should have been planted in a pot. It branches bend down. It would look great in a pot.
I believe this one is Park Improved Whopper. It was a last minute purchase. This tomato grows neatly and tall from 2 main stems. The fruits look like something from the grocery store. Beautiful! Soon we will be testing it for flavor. I also have a Tree Tomato, shared by a friend. It was tiny when planted and is still catching up to the rest of the garden. I am happy with all the tomato plants. Our spring was cold and wet. Our summer has been hot and dry with several days over 100 degrees. Now, our weather is returning to our normal 80s, cooling nicely during the night. Although yesterday, we did hit 100 degrees. Starting tomatoes indoor under lights makes all the difference. The link to “Bloody Butcher” explains the basics. I hope you too are enjoying summers bounty.