I wandered down to the garden this week and squealed with delight when I saw my first ripe tomato of the season! The variety (shown above) is called the Fourth of July, because it promises to be ripe by…well, you can guess when. It’s true to it’s name—I enjoyed a sweet juicy tomato on my salad this week. Well, okay…so it was only one, but others are close to ripening and this variety is soooooooo good!
Other tomato varieties I’m growing this year include:
- Mortgage Lifter VFN – A large tomato, an improved but smaller version of the original “Radiator Charlie’s Mortage Lifter TM”
- Sweetie – A sweet, cherry sized tomato, with fruit forming in small clusters.
- Black Krim – An heirloom tomato, this will have a deep red, almost black color, and a naturally salty taste.
- Striped Roma – A long Roma, with orange and red stripes. Thick and meaty.
Other happenings at the garden include a new 3-bin composting system, built out of cedar by some of our own handy community gardeners. The goal of the 3-bin system is to have compost in varying stages of decomposition. The low fronts enable ease of turning and transferring compost. I will share more about this when we begin using this system.