EarthBox 2017 Recap — The Tomatoes and Tomatillos

-A.J.

The final 2017 garden recap post — The Tomatoes and Tomatillos.

The two “Verde” tomatillo plants had a pretty typical year — 14.6 pounds. Normal output is 15-20 pounds. I think it my have actually been too hot on the patio at times and it may have stressed out the tomatillos somewhat. It felt like they were “done” earlier than usual.

170730 tomatillo

We simplified things with the tomatoes this year. (The “why we did that”, a description of the varieties, and a list of everything else we grew is here.)

Two Oregon Spring in one box. 48 pounds(!).  That’s 12.8 pounds per square foot(!) They’re early, consistent, compact, and no hassle. They taste good, they’re super high yielding, they make good sauce and work great in a Caprese… Did I happen to mention we love Oregon Spring tomatoes?

Two Roma in one box. 31.6 pounds. Still an excellent yield at 8.4 pounds per square foot. And almost all of them ripened. Romas are almost always listed as “determinate”, these stayed small and made large fruit. It may be that the “mono-box” of one variety really helped.

Two Black Krim in one box. 20.9 pounds. If we got 20 pounds of produce out of every box every year I’d be cool with it. Black Krims have a terrific dark, earthy taste — they always win our taste tests and they make a great sauce.

170908 harvest Friday

The final box contained-

One Old German. 20.9 pounds. It ripened to a light orange. I don’t think we were floored by the taste, or, more accurately the taste may have been oversold. We wound up mixing it in with darker tomatoes for freezer sauce.

One Cherokee Purple. 10.5 pounds. It was a slow starter and to some degree was buried by the Old German, but 10.5 pounds is still a nice yield. Sort of a fruitier, less intense Black Krim.

In other notes, I think we made some real progress at other more traditional gardening things. We’re getting the hang of the unique needs of the salad table — very few things bolted this year; we had fresh greens almost all year, and there are still lots more greens to eat now in late November. With more knowledge and practice the salad table may provide a true 4-season harvest. In a related note, we’re getting better at the timing of seed starting for salad greens. We planted more chives in the back yard with the hope of fresh “onions” most of the year. Finally, we grew beans for the first time this year and had some success. I’m enthusiastic about the potential for fresh beans in the future.

 

Pretty good gardening year all the way around.

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Visit Dave at Ourhappyacres, host of Harvest Monday.

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