Turkeys And Tomatoes


Virginia HawthornAnother month, another posting – and this was intended to be weekly!? I must have been delusional because it certainly has been a busy month.

We had a beautiful, but rather short fall, and now winter has entered with a roar, thanks to the Polar Vortex. This morning there was a dusting of snow on the mountains around us, and that wind is COLD! Record low temperatures are being set all over the state. The farm animals are hunkering down, our hummingbirds and other migrants are long gone, and the Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese and Snow Geese are back at the nearby wildlife refuges. I’ll have to dedicate an entire posting to those wonderful places sometime soon.

Millie's Tree

Meanwhile …

The Great Tomato Mystery

This year’s meager gardening efforts have all been cleaned up, which brings me to the topic of our Mystery Tomato. Last spring we started a number of different tomatoes varieties, carefully labeling them with permanent (we thought) markers on plastic tabs. Unfortunately, most of the labels faded away almost immediately (what happened to the “indelible” part?) so most of our seedlings were strangers to us. Nevertheless, we planted them in rows at each end of our baby orchard, where the violent spring winds and then an early blazing hot spell did them no good at all. I’m happy to report that starting in late June the weather finally moderated, and we had some modest success, especially with the sweetest cherry tomatoes I have ever tasted – but we don’t even know the variety!

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