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Old February 2, 2006   #1
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I'm on top of the world, looking down on creation, it's the only explanation I can find...

What a day. Much cooler, the new chicken is settling in and promptly laid an egg, and the big guns are in position.

We've had a few hearts of late, all from Heart Alley, so now the big pinks are coming around. Welcome to the Pink Patch

Lithuanian is looking good.



Soldacki is back for the second year running. Here's why.



Trying Olena Ukrainian for the first time. I read in Carolyn's book is faired very well in disease-resistance trials. It sure is healthy in the humidity and close air.



You may have read about my Hat Trick. Baseball caps cover the fruits I have that are colouring up. If the birds can't see them they don't eat them.

Now what have we got here...



I'll tell you what we have. Livingston's Favorites. Really pumping them out now. Equally as big as Red Brandywine and equally as good tasting. Oh, and a lone very ripe and juicy German Red Strawberry to have on the rocks or straight-up.



Imagine how those reds will look in two days
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Nice looking fruit Grub. Thanx for sharing.... but you must
tell us how they taste!

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Hi Lee,

I always follow-up w/ taste reports.

Okay, how about an interim report for now, considering it's Friday night and all.

Livingston's Favorite: First couple of fruits were very good. I rated them as a 7.5/10, which on my scale is on par w/ Red Brandywine. The level of a very good tomato to me.

Having just eaten four more LFs, which is a lot of tomato, I might add that LF has jumped to a an 8.5/10. I don't re-rate this out of sympathy for anyone.

I left my Livingstone Faves on the vine till they gave a bit, like Earl says, and then we brought them inside and just ate them like mangoes.

LF has a very good balance between acid and sweet, has a lovely tomato flavour, is eye candy. Strangely, my partner thinks it looks like a bought tomato. Nothing too complex in tomato terms, just a really good prolific one.

Y'know what. It's on my shortlist for a return visit next season. CHeers, Grub
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Old February 3, 2006   #4
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This is starting to hurt........ Grub, you're gonna have all us NHers starting seeds in February!
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Well, with it being 70 degrees today Regine, it feels
like I should be planting out in February!

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Rain forecast so I picked a peck.
Some ripper ones in there.
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Taste report t/c
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wow Grub, they are all winners ! Looking forward to the results of your "taste test" ~ Tom
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Soldacki is just great again. Even though it was the first one it has a great balance of flavours, without th fruity depth of some other pinks, but much greater production. It's among my must-grows.

Wes is a stunning, productive red heart with very good taste. However, German Red Strawberry packs an even more intense punch. And it's just as productive, though the fruits aren't as big for me this first time around as those on Wes. GRS is coming back, for sure. And probably Wes too.

Can't wait to get back into one of those Mystery Grub's Greens. I have great big fruit on the RL, two of which can be seen ont he above pic, and on PL plant has fruits turning green-gold, too. I wil use these early but unbagged fruit for a seed save. Pure saves hav also ben made, but they are a month away.

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I see a tinge of amber on the Grub's Mystery PL Green fruit - which would be another niche filled. Green Giant doesn't get the distinct amber skin tinge that Cherokee Green does. Thus, another heretofore unknown combination of genes!

Can't wait to grow it out this year - am also going to go back to my original Green Giant seeds from Reinhard and hope to get a RL seedlings to grow out to compare (I had one each of the last two years but...gasp!! - tossed them!)
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Well spotted, Craig. These are from the RL. Mighty heavy fruits and they feel so dense. They are the same meaty numbers I devoured with gusto last year. I can just tell. Fruit is as coloured on one of the PLs now. Life is great. I think you will really like them.

Update from today:

Three of the pinkest tomatoes I've ever seen. Two big Olena Ukrainians and a fat Soldacki at the back.
<img src=http://pixmixer.com/uploads/images/20060207/full_size/51782_Big-Pinks.jpg>


Two of the heartiest hearts I've ever seen. Wes. And red
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A plate of nice colours: Grub's Mystery Green back, some (orange) Jaune Flamees, a lone Jaune Negib and two of PP's chillies. HOT!!!
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And finally a lousy pic of two of the greenest with envy greens you will ever hope to see Grub's Mystery Greens, off the RL plant, both exaclty 10oz. PL fruit not far behind.

Stay tuned for some sliced pics of this vibrant, tasty green and other new specimens

<img src=http://pixmixer.com/uploads/images/20060207/full_size/51785_Grubs-Mystery-Green.jpg>

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Update from today:

Three of the pinkest tomatoes I've ever seen. Two big Olena Ukrainians and a fat Soldacki at the back.

[img]http://pixmixer.com/uploads/images/20060207/full_size/51782_Big-Pinks.jpg[img]

Two of the heartiest hearts I've ever seen. Wes. And red

[img]http://pixmixer.com/uploads/images/20060207/full_size/51783_Two-Nice-Hearts.jpg[img]

A plate of nice colours: Grub's Mystery Green back, some (orange) Jaune Flamees, a lone Jaune Negib and two of PP's chillies. HOT!!!

[img]http://pixmixer.com/uploads/images/20060207/full_size/51784_Coloured-Tomoatoes.jpg[img]

And finally a lousy pic of two of the greenest with envy greens you will ever hope to see Grub's Mystery Greens, off the RL plant, both exactly 10oz. PL fruit not far behind.

Stay tuned for some sliced pics of this vibrant, tasty green and other new specimens including my first Golden Monarch

[img]http://pixmixer.com/uploads/images/20060207/full_size/51785_Grubs-Mystery-Green.jpg[img]

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Will have to try and fix this tomorrow.

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Here's Grub's Mystery RL Green on the turn. It will turn really amber soon, with darker shoulders. Very pretty in the flesh. Speaking of which I'll post some sliced pics very soon



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Hi,
I’m not sure what is happening this season, but every tomato I pick is just pure bliss. Don’t mistake this for me being non-judgemental, subordinate, or a case of looking through rose-coloured tomato glasses. It’s just that after a few seasons I’ve struck on a mighty fine growlist — thanks to my tomato friends and peers — and, over the course of time, developed an appreciation for tomatoes other than the blockbusters.

Like wine, there are nuances to saviour, be it a smoothness, a great balance, an earthy undertone, some spiciness, lingering sweetness or other subtlety. Take Jaune Negib, an early yellow that some may criticise as being one-dimensional. While it was far from early for me, the mild yellow is just as welcome now as the big reds, exhibiting hints of loam and lemon on a soft palate.

Then there is Wes, a big red heart, that’s not overly complex. But it’s a $30 bottle of red with great balance and aesthetic appeal. And German Red Strawberry, which is so fruity it reminds me of a top pink. It should be made into a cocktail complete with an umbrella.

Of the pinks, Soldacki, Olena Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian all pack that sweet-tangy punch that almost leans towards the melon spectrum. Okay, maybe pushing things a bit far, but these are very full-bodied tomatoes, with huge slices, that sit well on their own. Or just on bread. Salt and pepper. Nothing more.

Then we shift to the classic tomato flavours. Livingston’s Favorite, pumping out 8oz red fruit, and Red Brandywine, similar size, are great reds with virtuous, vintage tomato tastes. And headstrong growth habits to boot.

The earlies, Kimberly and Sophie’s Choice, were more rewarding than I ever imagined. The former is a tomato factory, with sweet tasting golf balls that sweeten up some more in the height of summer. Sophie’s Choice has a more traditional tomato flavour, with scoffable big slices. The same can be said of New Big Dwarf and Mountain Princess. Russian Red is more like Kimberly. Very honest, prolific and salad-sized. They were all very good and I have trouble splitting them.

I’m enjoying the zippiness of Jaune Flammee, again, the aforesaid mildness and colour contrast of Jaune Negib, and there are Cherokee Purple, Picardy, Arkansas Traveller, Cuostralee and Kelloggs Breakfast X Akers West Virginia (F4) cross to go.

I have Rinaldo, Ernesto and Prue to pick and eat. Then there is Dr Neal, another nice pink that I have grown before. And in my slow patch there is Earl’s Faux, Box Car Willie, Mule Team, Neves Azorean Red and Mortgage Lifter (Esters Strain, no fruit yet). Akers West Virginia is just a wonderful looking plant. I hope it sets fruit soon. It has such pretty yellow flowers.

In the Rainbow Patch I have Grub’s Mystery PL and RL Green, both of which have ripe 10oz fruit right now, to tuck into and save seeds from. I noticed two Golden Monarchs approaching ripeness this morning. The green variant of Hughs isn’t showing many flowers. Only a few fruit on Golden Queen. Amongst those towering plants, Marianna’s Peace, a nice PL pink, is struggling for light, but here come the flowers.

Last but not least, my Fall Crop. I see fruit on Ashleigh, more Grub’s Greens, good flowers trusses on Green Giant, fruit on Grandfather Ashlock and another Neves Azorean Red. College Cropwell is setting some, while Yasha Yugoslavian thinks about it. And yet to try in pots: Persey is colouring up and Victorian Dwarf is loaded with mini beefsteak.

In respect of cherries: Sungold tastes wonderful sans all the sugars, in a low-brix position receiving 2hrs direct sun in the morning, two hours dappled light at midday, and two hours sun in the afternoon. Perhaps this lighting isn’t bringing out the flavour of Matts Wild, which is okay. Broad Ripple Yellow Currant is nice and lemony, but as I have discovered it’s not a currant. Note to self: chase down that wee yellow currant with dynamic flavour you tasted interstate at the farmer’s market. Rose Quartz Multiflora (red) is a very nice prolific cherry and satisfying in every way.

So there you have it. Plenty to celebrate and plenty to look forward to. I honestly can’t say there’s a dud amongst them. My palate is broadening, as with my mind, and I’m learning to appreciate that there is merit in a tomato whose taste isn’t necessarily a blockbuster. There are a lot of things that make an enjoyable tomato.

This particular season, my fruits are just huge, disease has been kept at bay, and fruit and white fly are scarce. It’s destined to be remembered as a great growing season. I planted out late. The fall crop holds great promise. It will be interesting to see how late they yield and whether the wonderful taste sensations continue.

Good growing to you all,
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Rainbow Road is starting to produce. The Grub's Greens are all RLs. They are big 10oz numbers. PLs picked tomorrow. Same size.



And it's colouring up my day. The big yellow (bicolouor) is my first Golden Monarch. The bench is looking good. The reds in the background, Red Brandywine and Livingston's Favorite, have proved themselves as workhorses.



I use the local cellar's six-pack wine-carrier boxes to carry them indoors. Another product from Sad Sac Enterprises.



Such fun, Grub
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