A RED ARMY OF RUSSIAN TOMATOES KEEPS THE WOLF FROM THE DOOR – 4th week of Sept. 2012

The bad harvest reports in the news this year prove, once again, that farming is very different from organic kitchen gardening. Not everything did well in the garden, but in general, I have to admit it was my best year ever. The brassicas suffered but are recovering now. My fault entirely, I should have covered the cabbage patch with fleece to prevent the cabbage white caterpillars making flitters of the lovely healthy green leaves. Such is life, thankfully the rainbow chard leaves have kept me going as a fall back leafy vegetable. Meanwhile, everything else has come good, more or less, apples, blackcurrants, peas, beans, beetroot, basil, parsley, potatoes etc. Leeks coming along nicely for harvesting over the winter and early spring hungry gap.

The glut at present is the Black Plum Tomato crop (Lycopersicon lycopersicon). I bought seeds from www.irishseedsavers.ie and they are described as ‘productive heirloom from Russia. A cordon, ripening from mid-August. Rich red mahogany plum-shaped fruits, delicious in salads and sauces’. The south facing greenhouse, rich soil and a regular comfrey liquid feed gave these Russian plants a good chance to produce prolifically. Glad they are good for sauces, as they will all find their way into various dishes requiring bruschetta topping

Black Plum Tomatoes on one of four plants, two in the ‘phone box’ and two more in the ‘Fingal Greens Greenhouse’. South facing garden helps tomatoes ripen fully on the cordon.

, pasta sauces and for the remainder, good old chutney. Thank you people of Russia ( and the Irish Sed Savers Association in Scarriff) for the ‘black plum tomato’.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by catriona griffiths on October 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    hi trevor. ive been reading your book trevors kitchen garden week by week guide to growing your own food. Fantastic and of great help to me the beginner. i was wondering can i have some of your cut and come again cabbage? i would love to try it. thank you catriona

    Reply

    • Posted by Trevor Sargent on October 18, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hi Catriona,

      Thanks for the kind words about the book ‘Trevor’s Kitchen Garden’. Nearly sold out, so new print run soon to have enough for the Christmas market. I hear it makes a welcome present for all with an interest in history, politics and folklore, as well as the irrepressible gardeners.

      As for the everlasting cabbage, it is still recovering from a heavy cabbage white butterfly attack. I will be March or April before it is presentable again. Come back to me then is you still need it. Sorry about that hiccup.

      Good gardening,

      Trevor

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