David attempts to cage the tomatoes.
Most people seeing this photo sees a nice, big boy tomato. I, however, see a miracle. Growing tomatoes here has really been a challenge. My first few years on the farm I planted heirloom tomatoes. The pest were very happy. They feasted all summer, and we were left with little to eat. Our folks then recommended the tomato they grow quite successfully, the Burpee VF Hybrid. So we took their advice and sure enough we had a pretty good harvest, in 05 and 06. But still the tomatoes were small and suffered cracking problems. We had a major drought in 07 and lost all our tomatoes. Then, unfortunately for us, Burpee’s stopped selling the VF Hybrid seeds. So this year I tried another Hybrid but my seedlings failed. (That is another story) So I had to purchase seedlings at Fayette Seeds in Lexington. I bought a variety flat which had Big Boy, Early Girl, Better Boy and Beefsteak; and I bought a flat of Roma. I always try to grow Roma. Soil test showed us that we needed to add Nitrogen, so David fertilized this garden bed with nitrogen. Sure enough, now we see some big, beautiful tomatoes. The nitrogen makes a big difference. Now I just need to find an organic source, such as a local horse farm.