Tomatoes 2009: The Year of the Green Zebra
Thought I’d take a break from posting about pretend farming, and add my annual post on my real life farming efforts.
Those of you who know me, or who have been reading this blog for a while, know that I love to garden. Despite having a tiny amount of plantable land (I have two 3×3 foot garden boxes, and one 3×6 that I use for tomatoes), I do my best.
I try to balance color and variety each year with my tomato picks. I only have room for four plants (technically, if I gave them proper space, two plants), so I try to mix demonstrated produces with at least one tomato that I’ve never grown before.
For 2009, I planted:
- Sweet 100 (Red Cherry)
- Sungold (Small orange)
- Lemon Boy (Medium yellow)
- Green Zebra (Medium Green/Yellow striped)
As usual, I do nothing fancy for my garden boxes. They have reliable watering through soaker hose on a timer, and I fill each box with new compost every spring.
For volume, Sungold really stole the show this year. Normally, the Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes are the big producer, but not this year. The Sungold plant went nuts. The bush overgrew my 4-foot cage and spilled over the entire box:
Gorgeous fruit, with bountiful bunches of bright orange tomatoes. Very sweet. I’m being conservative by saying that we’ve harvested over 200 tomatoes off this one plant already this season, and we’re harvesting another 50+ daily right now.
The clear champion of this summer, however, was the experimental variety, the Green Zebra. The Green Zebra, it turns out, is not an heirloom tomato (although I thought it was when I bought it.)
The plant has been an incredible grower, and has produced several dozen fruits already. They are a beautiful green striped, medium-sized tomato that turn yellow at the top when they are ripe.
They grow in beautiful clusters, and the vine has been producing several ripe tomatoes every day through August.
They taste delicious, like a slightly acidic version of a typical salad tomato, but with beautiful color. Fantastic addition to any garden.
So, the 2009 award for best tomato (in my garden) goes to: Green Zebra.
Maybe I can get Zynga to add it to Farmville as a “Super” crop?