RE: [tomato] Beautiful Pix

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 08 Jul 1999 07:20:51 -0600

At 04:02 PM 7/7/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Hi Margaret,
>"Druzba" has always been relatively crack free for me, too.  I would
>consider "Druzba" to be one of the foremost all round tomato varieties. 
>The problem with making lists is that there must always be a "last one."
><G>  I could have included "Burbank" which is another super variety.
Burbank grows great for me, too, and is excellently flavored. Chuck, I grew
Black from Tula last year and did some tomato canning. I didn't notice at
first that the interior of Black from Tula is nasty-looking, but some went
into my regular canning anyway. I'm sure it looks spoiled. I wasn't as
taken with the flavor of that as Catharine Vinson was. I prefer Black Krim,
and that doesn't have a brown-black interior.

>How are you feeling?  The heat is about to get me.  This may be the year
>when I start to slow down.  188 'maters is getting to be too much.  I was
>intending to slow down this year but Carolyn sent me a bunch of seeds that
>were of varieties for her book that I wasn't yet  As we
>speak I have all of her varieties either in the garden or in the seed

Our 100 degree weather is supposed to start next week. The house is air
conditioned, though, and our humidity is low, so I don't expect problems. I
was surprised that Dr. Male thought potato-leafed varieties were more
disease resistant than regular leafed. I'm sure she's referring to blight
since she has no experience with curly top virus. That's an equal
opportunity destroyer, I think, but I should pay closer attention to that.
We seldom get the blights here, and I haven't had fusarium or verticillium
in that part of the garden.
>I saw a trick that impressed me today.  We usually experience cooler
>weather during the first two or three weeks of May with a frost free date
>of May 1st. Connie Newton got some plants from me and put them in the same
>concrete reinforcement wire cages that I use but put a foot high strip of
>roofing felt around bottoms of the cages.  The plants so grown are
>definitely ahead of the others.

What's that made of in case a little would disintegrate in the garden? It
would also protect seedlings from strong breezes, and that would be a plus
in my book.