Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tales from my Garden

This year I purchased an heirloom tomato plant to grow. I have never grown vegetables and want to learn about them before I grow them in larger numbers and/or in a community plot.
The variety is called Brandywine. Heirloom plants are interesting in that they were commonly grown in earlier periods of human history. So they have kept their traits through open pollination as opposed to being cultivated through cuttings and grafts. Basically this means that they are closer to the original variety of foods that developed through nature rather than being hybridized or genetically altered.
The Brandywine plant takes 80 to 100 days to reach maturity. I planted on the 6th of May. So we still have a long way to go. But I feel very accomplished about it because it is growing well. I was a bit worried that my back deck may not get enough sunshine for growing tomatoes but so far so good. Hopefully by the end of summer I will be able to share its bounty. By the grace of the earth.
seedling May 6, 2009

putting down roots May 21, 2009

reaching for the sun June 10, 2009


This Guy said...

Mmmmm you are going to have some Tomato Soup in a few short months!! I think you'll get lots of sun, I don't tomato's require too much, otherwise the plant burns out! Cant wait to see updates! ;)

I'm So Pretty said...

Wow, your plant's growing beautifully! I have 12 heirloom tomato plants in my garden and so far so good - can't wait to eat the fruits of my "labor" later in the summer :)