The Tomato Report


As I reported last week, I'm trying out some grafted tomatoes that Log House Plants sent me. I've got a grafted and non-grafted Big Beef planted right next to each other (along with a Sweet 100 that I picked up in a much larger size at the garden center.) 

So far, the non-grafted version (in the middle) is ever so slightly bigger than the grafted version, but the grafted one has more branching action.  But these differences are entirely unimportant to me.  The only thing I care about is whether I end up harvesting any tomatoes at the end of the season.


Log House also sent me a Sungold, a San Francisco Fog, and 'Sasha's Altai,' a cold-tolerant variety from Russia.  Please excuse the terrible photo, but anyway, here they are, also in black pots, with these tomato spirals for support:


It's not the ideal setup, but I didn't have time to do anything fancier.  I already had the tomato spirals, and I liked the fact that I could use them to help anchor the pots in place.   They really do need larger pots to produce well, but I've been burned so many times before that I wasn't ready to go spend more money on new pots and stakes, and I didn't get a straw bale garden put together in time this year.

Anyway.  This'll do for now.  Last night my husband asked if we had any tomatoes yet.  "We do have one tiny green cherry tomato on that Sweet 100," I told him.  "Which means that we're only about six months away from it turning black and falling off the vine."

So, grafted tomatoes, if you can do better than that, you'll get a truly fancy setup next year.

More as I know it!



  1. I’ve had good luck with the cold-hardy Russian varieties, which also have been prolific producers. But the tomatoes are small–golf-ball size or a little bigger, usually.

    I’m curious why you aren’t putting them into the ground-is that for comparison’s sake?

  2. It’s funny that the plant probably most associated with gardens is one that so regularly disappoints home gardeners.

    Given how much of the country that has either a short growing season (hand up here) or a cool growing season or both, it’s heartening to see advances by hybridizers or, in this case, grafters to try to make it a bit more likely that we can actually harvest some tomatoes.

  3. Anne, Amy, like me, is gardening with chickens. When I plant anything new, the process goes like this:
    Chicken: Oooh! The soil is soft! let me scratch for worms!
    Plant: Ooph. Hey! Watch your great behind, birdbrain! Hey, that’s my stem you’re slashing – hey, quit that – HEY!
    That’s why the containers.

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