Sometimes I wonder why our vegetables look so weird sometimes. Is it caused by the environment or something that we have done wrong? As most of you know, I grow lots of tomatoes and today we will look at some odd things that have happened to them.
My friend, Joan, came to our school garden class one rainy day and had to show the children this tomato. She had placed this tomato on a windowsill where it was warm. When she cut it open the seeds inside had germinated. The kids were fascinated by this strange looking tomato.Each seed inside had germinated. You always think the gelatinous substance around the seeds will prevent this from happening. Obviously this tomato had the right conditions to make them germinate.
This year I planted many tomatoes in the greenhouse but I sure didn’t expect this to happen. Is this not the ugliest tomato ever? This was the first tomato on a plant I grew from seed. Its like more than one tomato joined together to make a circle. I call this my donut tomato. Unfortunately when I looked closer the ends had not closed exposing raw flesh to the elements and it had started to mould. In the compost it went as the flesh looked quite firm and with little seed. I wouldn’t have saved seed from this tomato as you never know what kind of seedlings would come from it. I couldn’t resist sending this photo to Jodi’s annual weird veggie and funny fruit contest over at Western Gardeners. I look forward to seeing some funny looking vegetables.
I grow all heirloom tomatoes and know they grow tall but this is getting ridiculous. Last year the Dahlias planted here grew seven feet high and now that I have moved them they are back to a more normal height at five feet high. So brainy me thought I would plant tomatoes here this year as this garden gets the full sun. What was I thinking? This plant is so high it took two of us to tie it in and we used eight foot stakes! It is just beginning to bear fruit and I see more supports in the future once the large fruit start to weigh this plant down.I think this is a large beefsteak tomato that I am growing for a seed bank.
I have been harvesting tomatoes for a few weeks but the hot weather had many of the tomato plants stop fruiting. It was just too hot in the greenhouse and flowers dropped off. I am wondering which tomato this is above. It is an unusual colour for a tomato but it should redden more over the next week.
Yesterday I picked some Peace Vine and Snow White cherry tomatoes. The Snow White are more yellow on the outside than they should be and I wonder if the hot weather had some effect on them. There is still nothing better than homegrown tomatoes fresh from the garden.
The Snow White tomatoes should look like these from last year. It will be interesting to see how the rest of this years crop develops.
I am busy with about 33 tomato plants growing outside. This is the first time in years that I have grown them outside but I had lots of seedlings left over from my sale and couldn’t bear to toss them out. They are loving the mulch of newspaper and straw and so far the majority look healthy. Here on the west coast our humidity is high in the summer which can lead to problems with late blight. With the rain that arrived this week, I erected a makeshift tarping system to keep the plants dry. Of course, the first night after it was placed above the tomatoes, we had the biggest cloud burst of rain in the middle of the night. Hopefully I get a crop of tomatoes from some of the plants before any blight arrives. The plants are wearing the little organza bags over some of the flowers so I can save seed. The trellising system has worked well. So far, there are no seven-foot high tomatoes here.