Some Seedlings

Seedling Setup in Babyzilla's Room

Seedling Setup in Babyzilla’s Room

This picture was taken from an angle that included part of Baby’s chandelier in the composition, and I just love how the photo turned out. Very glamorous seedlings!

Spy Garden Tomatoes

Spy Garden Tomatoes

We’ve planted the tomato seeds! The descriptions (from http://www.rareseeds.com) of the varieties…

Flame (also called Hillbilly)

A huge, bi-color heirloom: brilliant yellow color with red marbling. Very large with a rich, sweet flavor. Beautiful when sliced. An heirloom believed to be from West Virginia.

Purple Calabash

May be the most purple of all “purple” tomatoes; a deep purple/burgundy and very colorful! The shape is also exciting, with the 3″ fruit being very flat, ribbed and ruffled. Flavor is intense, sweet and tart, with a lime or citrus taste. A most uniquely flavored tomato! The plants give huge yields. This tomato resembles tomatoes pictured in 16th-century herbal diaries.

Gypsy

Named for the Gypsies who live in Russia, this is one of the deepest, purplest, maroon tomatoes we have ever grown. It has a gorgeous color and good taste. Perfect, medium-sized globe fruit make this one of the nicest dark varieties. A lovely and colorful introduction from the great Soviet plant breeders.

Morning Sun: no longer sold on rareseeds.com so I don’t have a description, but we grew this last year and is a prolific yellow cherry/grape tomato. The description of “Egg Yolk Tomato” seems accurate of Morning Sun…

The fruit are a lovely yellow color, being the shape, size and color of an egg yolk. A tantalizing taste treat just bursting with rich, fruity flavor and all of summer’s sweetness. The extra-long vines really amazed us with their productiveness. Developed by Larry Pierce from a sport he found growing in his garden.

Sioux

One of the best-known historic tomatoes, the medium-sized fruit are early. Productive plants and great flavor made this one of the most popular Midwestern tomatoes in the late 1940’s. In 1947, Oscar H. Will & Co. stated, “It out-yielded all other varieties in South Dakota trials.” Per Henderson & Co., in 1951, “Two weeks earlier than Marglobe or Rutgers.” This tomato was one of our most requested, as people love the smooth, beautiful fruit and heavy yields. Introduced in 1944 by the University of Nebraska.

We have loads more varieties planted (of greens, peppers, eggplants, herbs…) but we’ll save those descriptions for another day.

A pepper seedling touching a water droplet on the plastic seed cover. I like the optical illusion this creates!

A pepper seedling touching a water droplet on the plastic seed cover. I like the optical illusion this creates!

8 thoughts on “Some Seedlings

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening!

    I also received “Gypsy” seeds from Baker Creek as a free gift — let’s compare how they do for both of us. :) Last year was a bad one for tomatoes according to everybody around here I’ve talked to, so it wasn’t just you.

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  2. narf77

    Ducks ADORE slugs. We have a single duck and she puts paid to any slug that she manages to dibble out with her beak. Love those tomatoes. We don’t get anything like them here. Can’t wait to see how they turn out this year :)

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  3. Eliza Waters

    Great set-up – very scientific-looking. Your varieties sound delicious. Between the 3″ slugs that eat the fruit and the fungi that destroys the foliage, I’ve all but despaired of growing tomatoes. Quel damage!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      I wonder if you tried one of the shorter season northern varieties if that would make any difference? Last year our tomatoes definitely were NOT the star of the show (spindly plants with little foliage and pretty meager harvest), this year I’m planting them in a different location and hoping for a little tomato forest!

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      1. Eliza Waters

        I have battled slugs forever and I lose every year because they lay like 10,000 eggs a piece. It is overwhelming. And the fungus is in the soil, so not much I can do there – there are “natural” fungicides, but even those have their limits. I guess I just let our local farmers deal with the growing and patronize them. I see it as a win/win and I grow the things that do well given my limitations. Very Darwinian. Thank God for farmers!

      2. Spy Garden Post author

        Maybe you can farm your own brand of escargot. HAHhaa. Yes, thank goodness for farmers, I mostly garden for fun and never actually expect a harvest (so its always a pleasant surprise!)

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