Nov
15
2014

2014 Tomato Season, Etc

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…………………………….A basket of tomatoes from August…………………………..
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Hi All!
As far as tomatoes goes, 2014 was a pretty fine year. I grew a lot of varieties that I was very happy with flavor wise. I also had a good, strong, fairly early crop despite the not so great summer weather. It started off nice enough, but it was unseasonably cool in the later part. Many people in WNY were staring at green tomatoes in Aug. that would not ripen. Then a warm spell came, and of course tons of tomatoes ripened all at once. The early blight took its toll later on, but most everything produced so well before that that it really didn’t matter. And there were no critter attacks this year!
So I’m very grateful.
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I made a how to make a tomato garden photo tutorial this spring. It you would like to see it, Click Here.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI went to Kansas City, MO this summer for the tomato party that is organized by my tomato loving friend, James Worley. Besides all the wonderful tomatoes, I got to meet internet gardening friends that I’ve known for a long time, and I can not express how wonderfully we were treated! I’m so glad we made the road trip. To read an article about the tomato tasting (I get a mention) from the Kansas City Star, Click Here.
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img097Also, it was a tough start to the year as my grandmother went downhill health wise, and then passed away mid-June. She lived a good long life though. The photo is here is from the early 40’s and was my grandfather’s favorite photo of her.
She wrote her own obituary and made sure to add gardening as one of her favorite hobbies.
There is a lot of gardening blood in my family from all sides. Many of my favorite childhood memories come from time working in gardens.
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Lastly, the beans this year were a different story than the tomatoes… I planted at a friend’s farm up in Niagara County this year. I planted in an old cow pasture and the soil couldn’t be finer there. Everything was going fine and then at the end of Sept. the deer came and ate pretty much all my beans :( The plants were skeletonized and broke apart.  I was devastated.  The old fence was not high enough to keep them out. Next year we are going higher.
As always, I remain optimistic about the coming year!
Remy
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From the Seed Swap/Sale at Bill Best’s in KY at the beginning of Oct.
I wore a very tacky 1970’s tomato shirt!
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1 Comment »

  • hi i just discovered your site. i’m excited to get my seeds and get things going. i have an indoor grow room and a couple tents. up here in alaska plants cant get started early enough to get to maturity outside. but the last 2 years iv’e had great success growing indoors. we have a new home and iv’e got great plans for a court yard full of flowers. Have a blessed day darlene

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