Seed Swaps

Playing Catch Up

12 Jun 2011
Overcast 15°C / 59°F

Lots of catching up to do since I was away for a week. It was nice and warm with lots of sun here while I was away, so the plants really shot off. The tomatoes I bagged needed to be rebagged due to the growth over the week, and a bunch of others needed to be bagged as they were just about ready to open.

This week I’ll have to be on top of seeing what’s just about to open, because a bunch more are also just about ready to open but I don’t want to bag them prematurely.

Today I bagged these tomatoes:

  • Guido
  • Dubrava
  • Lattanzio Pendulous
  • Sascha’s Altai
  • San Francisco Fog
  • Sophie’s Choice

I transplanted Plum Tigris to take the space of ‘Calabacito Rojo’ because unfortunately, my ‘Calabacito Rojo’ had a bad run in with the weedwhacker.

While I was away a bunch of seedlings came up too, including:

  • Tomatillo ‘Verde’
  • Pumpkin ‘Small Sugar’
  • Zucchini ‘Cocozelle’
  • Pumpkin ‘Rouge Vif D’Etampes’
  • Tatume

I also managed to finally get the last of the manure into the back yard garden, and transplanted three more tomatoes and some basil in there.

I have a few seeds left to start for this year as well, but I’ll be doing that over the week as opposed to today. My hands are quite sore from the epic weed whacking and need a definite break.

#1: Tomato ‘Fryerfrinsborghese’ that got snapped in half and I feared for dead. In the past week and a half its put out almost 2" of new growth, and there are tiny buds forming. That’s one tough tomato.

#2: Tomato ‘Uncle Charlie’s Giant Italian Pear’ – the first to set fruit, even before my early varieties.

#3: Tomato ‘El Nano’ – a lovely sturdy little plant, should start flowering in about a week.

#4: Beans ‘Poltschka X’ – quite a bit smaller than their parent. Possibly they were crossed with a pole bean last year, hence their smaller growth. Only time will tell.

#5: Pole Beans ‘Irish Conners’ – already doing much, much better than they did in Nelson last year. Looks like they’ll do really well here, and I’ll actually be able to get a good harvest so I can start distributing the seed!






Folia Helper

United States6b

Ugh. Tomato versus weedwhacker never ends well for the tomato!!! :)

Posted on 12 Jun 11 (almost 5 years ago)

Those weed-whackers are pernicious. My quince became a bonsai last year due to some over-enthusiasm with a weed-whacker handler.

I’ve never seen a pumpkin ‘Rouge Vif D’Etampes’. I’ll have to look it up! What do you like about it?

Posted on 12 Jun 11 (almost 5 years ago)


Folia Helper


Kath – I’ve never actually successfully grown ‘Rouge Vif D’Etampes’ because the season where I lived the last few years has just been too short for it despite my stubbornness to keep trying. This year since I have a much longer season, I’m hoping for a successful harvest. I really just like them 1. because of the name, and; 2. because they look like something out of a storybook (and are quite often referred to as the Cinderella pumpkin).

Posted on 18 Jun 11 (almost 5 years ago)

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