Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4!

| December 19, 2014 | 2 Replies

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4 covers the bounty of August, both in many pounds of colorful tomatoes and lots of issues from catfacing to sunscald and brown widow spiders. Did you know they are taking over Southern California? Don’t miss the very cool original music of Late Bloomer composer Jon Pileggi!

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4 - tomatoes

L. Pink Berkley Tie-Dye, R. Large Barred Boar Heirloom Tomates

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4 was a long time in coming and I appreciate your patience! Part 5, Kaye’s Top 6 Picks, will be coming soon. “Late Bloomer” episodes are really short films, with key players like my editor, sound editor and composer that are happily very busy working on various projects in addition to “Late Bloomer.” So, if it seems like a long time to wait, know that I am trying to make the episodes as informative, inspiring and entertaining as I possibly can.

Growing Heirloom Tomatoes Part 4 - brown widow spider

Brown widow spider with egg sac in web on tomato leaf

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  1. Hi Kaye,
    I enjoyed this especial the tomato eating child actor and the educational shot of a brown widow . One must move through the garden with awareness .
    I wanted to mention a tip of mine that was published in a book “The Harvest Gardener” about growing on a sturdy wire trellis . Every year is always a new pallette .I have found that interplating tomatoes with other crops such as pole beans, Nasturtium flowers,squash, cucumbers ,luffa sponges even broom corn or grain amaranth will bring in more diversity. Being careful to allow enough space does help with insect and disease issues as well as using quality compost . I think that means using biodynamic preparations in the pile to get the best results .
    I loved seeing many heirlooms that I have never grown .You sure do a beautiful job of presenting them . If we continue to support using and selecting these heirlooms , we can get better fruits in the future. today someone who was selling their farm gifted me with a huge pot of yellow pear tomatoes and a dwarf Meyer lemon tree full of lemons .I have to find room in my very cold greenhouse and house for these precious plants in late December . I do not live in sunny California . I do plan to make a lemon merangue pie for Christmas though ! :)Sharon

    • It’s interesting as I did have pole beans, broom corn, quinoa, amaranth and nasturtium near some of the tomato plants. But I still got mildew. In fact, mildew finally killed the beans, the runners were almost black. I don’t know how to do biodynamic preparations without manure, so I buy my biodynamic compost which is very expensive and use it sparingly. I am trying to build up the beds, trying for a no till approach. Thanks for all your kind words and support and I know you will make a wonderful pie! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Take a really sharp picture of it (take it by the window light), so the light gives it form, and post it on Late Bloomer Show on Facebook. I’m sorry to hear, though, that someone is selling their farm. I hope the buyers are going to keep it a farm! Best wishes! Kaye

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