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July 27, 2012
The Garden Peach Tomato has turned out to be a big surprise. It has a number of great characteristics. You can pick half a dozen or more tomatoes every day. It is prolific and also very tasty as described below. I have given the Garden Peach to a number of people and everyone has said what an excellent tomato it is. Lastly and very important the Garden Peach is yellow and makes a very nice contrast when served with other tomatoes or vegetables.

I believe that Cherokee Purple is very popular and especially flavorful and juicy. Supposedly Black Krim leads the list of favorites but I have not had the pleasure of tasting one. Although I did not grow any Better Boy we like that in that it is disease resistant produces very well here all season long. It is also about the right size for a salad for two. Still like a big tomato like the Cherokee Purple or German Johnson for tomato sandwich. 

July 05, 2012
 I thought I remembered that the Garden Peach Tomato was a hybrid but it turns out it is an Heirloom. I found my seed packet which is from Seeds of Change. We are very pleased with this Heirloom. For us it ripened early and is quite sweet. The yellow turns to blush red as you can see in the photo below. I took one with me to Chef Ron at the Community Culinary School of Charlotte and he pronounced it excellent. It is slightly acid and sweet. Looks great in a tossed salad and is small enough to eat as a quick snack. I will be saving some seeds from it and our other Heirlooms this year.

June 28, 2012
I’ve gotten serious about gardening the last few years. Besides my own humble little vegetable garden, I have been working with Urban Ministries and their vegetable garden here in Charlotte NC. Here is a link to some photos of the UM garden. Urban Ministries garden charlotte nc

Last year 2011 we grew 60 ft of Pontiac Red Potatoes and had 9 lbs of potatoes from one plant which I thought was pretty good. This year a plant that I tried and like very much is the Garden Peach tomato. Here are some photos of the Garden Peach Tomato.

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************************* Previous Information on this page is below. Fall 2011

I have been gardening for many years. Although I know a little about landscape plants and control of their insects, my real interest is with growing vegetables. This time of year I look forward to the fall garden and saving seeds

Saving Seeds. Collards Fall 2011

Last fall I let one collard plant stay in the garden all winter. In the early spring it produced yellow flowers and stood about 4 feet tall. I let the flowers go to seed and small pods about 1.5 inches long formed almost all the stems. Some of the seed pods at the bottom of the plant matured faster than the upper ones and the way I harvested them was to take a small garbage can that was about 36 inches deep and maybe a foot across the top. I cut the plant off at the root and took the individual stems that had the seed pods on and stuffed them all face down in the garbage can. I put them on the back porch where they sat for about a month. 

Under the original plant there were lots of collard plants that germinated on their own so I realized that there need not be any waiting period before I planted them. Now it is about the middle of August and the information for our area says we should plant collards about August 15th. Once they grow they are better once we have a nice cold snap which should be in November or December.

I now went back a few days ago and removed all the stems from the garbage can since all of the seeds had popped out. There was about a 3 in layer of husk on the bottom of the container. The seeds were on the bottom of the container and it was easy to remove the dry husk.

There were a gazillion seeds. In fact I weighed them and found there were about ??? ounces / grams in the batch. If you look at a seed packet you will see that collards that there are 2 grams, and the cost at one of the big box stores for a package was $1.59. Collard and broccoli seed last for up to 3?? years.

I used to get seed for 25 cents a pack maybe it was .50 but now its usually $1.50 to $3.00 for seeds so I am anxious to save the ones that I can.

It is so easy, try it  Saving tomato seed.

 

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