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Tuesday, March 21 View Page
New adventures in farming! I just moved into a tiny apartment in Delta, Utah. Big enough to house my seeds and start a few trays of seedlings, but no place for gardening. But I will be working with a local grower who has 120 acres of land about 30 miles away out in the middle of the desert near Baker Hot Springs. We're calling the project "Fumarole Farm" after the adjacent Fumarole Butte. It's a harsh place to grow, with extremely alkaline clay soil (bottom of old Lake Bonneville - think something close to Bonneville Salt Flats) and the spring water with total dissolved solids of >5,000 ppm (that's as high as the meter would read), with salt crystals forming all along the banks of the springs. So this means: Growing in containers Evaporating, collecting and pumping water. No electricity or other infrastructure at this point, so 2017 is shaping up to be quite a challenging year!
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
Since several very successful growers of giant tomatoes have recommended this strategy, I have waited until today to start my giant tomato seeds indoors. Here's the lineup: Big Zac (6.88 MacCoy 2014) Bigzarro (3.754 DT 2014) Domingo (4.647 DT 2014) Domingo (4.938 Lai 2016) Domingo (5.95 Konieczny 2016) Megadom (5.61 Konieczny 2016) MegaMarv (4.08 Khilenko 2016) MegaMutt (Konieczny 2016) Megazac (6.13 Konieczny 2016) Megazac (6.23 Konieczny 2016) Michael's Portuguese Monster X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2) Russian Oxheart (4.66 Spaziani 2016) Slammer (4.80 Konieczny 2016) This is the "premium" batch in 6" pots, heat mat, etc.
Tuesday, May 2 View Page
These are additional varieties I plan to start tomorrow (May 2nd - last entry was May 1st where I am located): Bezrazmernyi (3.364 DT 2014) Bezrazmernyi X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.720 DT 2015)(F2) Big Zac (2.130 DT 2016)(6.16 Foss) Big Zac (2.784 DT 2015)(8.41 MacCoy) Bill Bean Select Brutus Magnum (2.976 DT 2014) Brutus Magnum X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.470 DT 2015)(F2) Chilo della Garfagnana (3.560 DT 2014) Chudo Sada (Shlomin 2013) Church (3.36 Perry 2008) Delicious (2.868 DT 2014) Delicious (3.205 DT 2014) Domingo (3.016 Schielke 2014) Domingo (3.69 Johnston 2015) Domingo (V. Domingo 2014) Donskoi (3.108 DT 2014) Gigantamo (M. Johnson 2016) Hoy X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2) Krupnaya Grozd' (Khilenko 2015) MegaMarv (2.332 DT 2012) Michael's Portuguese Monster (2.610 DT 2012) Michael's Portuguese Monster X Delicious (6.51 Meisner)(F2) Michael's Portuguese Monster X MegaMarv (2.030 DT 2015)(F2) Rebecca Sebastian's Bull Bag X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.724 DT 2015)(F2) Russian Oxheart (1.95 Spaziani 2015) Shuntuski Velikan X Big Zac (3.75 Catapano)(2.174 DT 2014)(F2) Smith's Southern Star (M. Johnson 2016) Wes X Big Zac (4.57 MacCoy)(1.542 DT 2014)(F1) West Virginia Sweetmeat (3.312 DT 2014) Zaczilla (1.832 DT 2016) Problem is, I don't even know where I will be doing my giant tomato project this year. Still no patch of land that I have control over.
Wednesday, August 9 View Page
My tomato vines are HUGE, some pushing 8' tall, but not much yet in the way of impressive blossoms or fruit. This is by most impressive looking tomato to date, on Big Zac (2.130 DT 2016)(6.16 Foss 2014). This 6.16 Foss line produced my heaviest tomato in both 2015 and 2016. Looks like that might be the case again this year, though I have lots of other promising genetics. More details about my 2017 giant tomato project at: https://delectationoftomatoes.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/giant-tomato-project-2017/
Saturday, September 23 View Page
I've harvested about a dozen tomatoes over 2 lbs., but nothing over 3 lbs. - yet. Today is the Utah Giant Pumpkin Grower's annual weigh-off. I have a green tomato that measured to 2.81 lbs. last time I checked (one week ago). If it has started turning this morning, I'll cut it off for the competition. It's the variety RW Cephei - one of the crosses I've been working on since 2014 and named after a giant star, At this point, it doesn't look like I'll have anything else with a chance of breaking 3 lbs. this year. I'll post pictures after I get on top of seed saving - 325 tomato varieties this year.


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