Friday, March 15, 2013

Great Tomato Plant Giveaway

A blue ribbon goes to Elizabeth at Elizabeth's mission is the GREAT TOMATO PLANT GIVEAWAY, to encourage everyone to grow tomatoes. If you live near Norristown, PA and can pick up the plants, make sure to visit tomato gal's site and check out the selection.
Elizabeth gets her tomato seeds from several trustworthy sources, including Blue Ribbon Tomatoes. She offers LARGE RED, the tomato sold by the Shaker Community before the Civil War, and GRANDFATHER ASHLOCK, a delicious heirloom from Kentucky. She has many more rare and unusual varieties.
Kudos to Elizabeth for giving her service freely, in a world that needs a lot more gardeners in it.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Rainbow of Tomatoes

A blue ribbon goes out to Vernon, who sent these beautiful photos of his harvest. He grew 50 plants this year and says, "I have picked a 5 gallon bucket of tomatoes every day this week. Been freezing, making chili and salsa and taking them to work." A few of his favorites are Lumpy Red, Frank's Large Red, and Grandfather Ashlock, but more reds, pinks and purples are just ripening now. He is also saving seeds for next year.

Congratulations on your ribbon and harvest, Vernon - you have earned them!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Best use of Space!

A blue ribbon goes to Adam, a science teacher in Georgia, for his well planned side yard garden. Adam says, "I had great sucess from many of the varieties, and my students really enjoyed getting to start the plants in the classroom! Here are a few pictures of the tomato plants (ALL grown from Blue Ribbon seeds).... The garden was laid out as a "maze" to make it more fun for my kids, also to try to maximize the space I have."

Adam handwatered, and used soil with wood chips, and plans to try more mulch this year. Favorite varieties were Black Master, Coyote, and Champagne cherry.

This garden is proof that a lot of vegetables can be grown in yard space that would otherwise be unused -- and it's fun too!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Regional Winner!

A blue ribbon goes to Joanna at Aravaipa Heirlooms

Offering organic heirloom vegetable plants... endangered, local, and desert-adapted varieties. Plants are available at Tucson, Arizona area farmer's markets and events.

Aravaipa is growing Taos tomato, a very rare tomato specifically adapted to heat and low humidity. Taos is a "slightly flattened globe, 6-8 oz. Red. Flavorful, sweet, zesty, moderately acidic. Good canner, juicer, slicer, or salad tomato." Indeterminate, regular leaf.

And very pretty too.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rebecca Sebastian's Bull Bag

A blue ribbon goes to Lou for this gorgeous Rebecca Sebastian's Bull Bag. Tomatoes this large aren't usually pretty too! Lou says: "It's been an amazing summer in New England this year! Thanks for keeping this outstanding variety alive."

Thank YOU for growing it Lou, and for sharing this beauty.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Austrian Tomatoes

Bettina in Austria receives a blue ribbon for all her tomato experience. She sent this lovely collage of some of the varieties she's grown. She says:"I am quite sure that there are only a few people in Austria who have Kentucky heirloom seeds. And that’s why I’m really proud of it. Meantime I have collected around 1200 different tomato varieties and I know that’s still not enough!"

Can it ever be ENOUGH tomatoes? I don't think so!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Northern California Tomato Report

A blue ribbon goes to the Anderson family for their successful tomato garden. Calvin sent me his report: "We had a pretty good year growing in 2009. The Cherokee Purple, Matt's wild cherry, Black Cherry and Smoky Mountain Red all grew very well. These varieties appear to be well suited to Northern California."

A job well done!