Tomato Crop

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.


9 responses to “Tomato Crop

  1. Putting cages on those poor tomatos! What did they do?
    (Blog looks great!)

  2. Oh, if you don’t cage them and lift them off the ground, terrapin come along and eats one big bite out of each one.

  3. You have parsnips!!! I am SO envious – they were the only vegetable I didn’t like when I was a kid, now they’re one of the ones I love the most! I hunted for seeds but couldn’t find any in time.

  4. You turned me on to parsnips at a meal once upon a time. If the root grows, we’ll share. The tops look good, but my clay soil presents a challenge to root vegtables. Remember our carrots last year at the Birthday party, tiny.

  5. Auntie Arlene

    We are pretty much jealous of your garden. We pasture the cows at a neighbors in the summer as they have more to eat there, so we turned off the electric fence. It did not take very long for the deer to figure that out and they have taken advantage of the wonderful food we so kindly have given them in the garden. We turned the fence back on this weekend so will see if anything will come back from being beheaded by the deer.

  6. Hey Auntie. Sorry to hear about the deer. I was told they wouldn’t eat tomatoes? They will probably try anything to see how it taste. We keep the deer out with electrics. We still have a problem with the coon getting all our corn. Some how he always gets through. I’ll show some photos soon of our corn and fence protection.

  7. Hey, I know you two! Really like your photos……would like a taste of those tomatoes, and the honey…..
    On the subject of nitrogen…. besides buzzard droppings, have you tried alfalfa debris that shatters off bales. Really just powered alfalfa leaves. Or, if you wish to spend your incentive check…..try Tomatoes Alive. It’s a natural product from :
    Other good remedies for gardening woes there too.

  8. Nice website!!

    Now, how do you eradicate chiggers from your property??

  9. Buzzard Roost

    Eradicate Chigger? Sidney, I wish I knew. Mowing keeps them away from the house so you can visit without a bite. But you can only mow so much. If you walk in the woods, you must protect yourself. Showering when you get home helps.

    Auntie Arlene and Auntie Mountain Dew, what I wouldn’t give to read your blogs. You guys know so much on raising gardens, animals and homesteads. Takes up a log of time though. I am behind thinning the okra. I bought some fish emulsion to fertilize. And I found out our neighbor shares his hourse manure.

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