This Week’s Tomato Summer Garden Winner


Congrats to Mary and Andy who got this great haul from Capitol Hill.

And the kind folks at A&D bar on 9th Street in Shaw have offered their services in creating a bloody mary with your excess tomatoes (if you have excess?) Basically, if you have any excess tomatoes bring them by A&D on Saturday Sept. 7th and the week of Sept. 9th they’ll feature a special bloody mary with your tomatoes!

If you’d like to enter please take a photo(s) of your garden/haul and send with the title ‘summer tomato/garden contest’ to princeofpetworth(at)gmail. Please include the neighborhood where you grew them. Winners get PoPville t-shirts.

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  • I’m envious! Maybe next year I’ll be brave enough to grow something besides potted herbs.
    In the meantime I’ve been finding good uses for the tomatoes, peppers, and cucumber from my parents’ garden:

  • Most of those tomatoes don’t look very ripe to me; some of them are almost completely green!
    I would have the big ones for another week. They’ll be much much sweeter, tastier, and juicier if you let them ripen on the vine. A few varieties such as Black Krim are supposed to have some green on the ‘shoulders’ even when ripe, but they are the exception rather than the rule.

    Are those two different varieties of grape tomato (one red and one orange)?

  • I wondered that too – why pick them so green? I let mine go at least to luscious – which is about one day before insouciant, two days before tawdry and 3 before unctuous .

  • One reason we picked them a tad green: voracious squirrels. They might be tastier if we’d let them stay on the vine but despite our best efforts with a variety of deterrents, they’d also have had about half if the volume gnawed off (happened to the earlier ones to ripen). They ripen quite nicely in a day or two in a paper bag in the windowsill.

    Re: the two colors, those are regular cherry tomatoes and sungolds.

  • I tried container tomatoes one year and only got one tomato before the squirrels did (I live in Capitol Hill too). You do have to pick them when they’re still green unless you have some sort of cage around them.

  • I wrap mine with a lightweight insect barrier cloth just before they ripen (the big tomatoes) – then you won’t have birds and/or squirrels eating on them…

  • Purple beans? What are those, and what are they like (besides beautiful!)?

  • Mary/Andy,

    Those tomatoes look great! Do you guys do anything to your soil before planting or during the growing season? Our tomato plants didn’t do great this year and I suspect it has something to do with nutrients.

  • Laurie–they’re a combination of pink-eyed purple-hull peas and crowder peas, which are both slightly hard to find varieties grown primarily in the South. We grew up with them in Arkansas and picked up the seeds while we were home for a visit. We tried them as an experiment but they did really well here. You cook them like you would black-eyed or other similar peas.

    heyhowitgoin–we tried to be picky with our soil before planting and made sure we added lots of compost. The only fertilizer that we used was Tomato Tone. The other factor that might explain it is that there’s a beehive next to our garden plot so there are lots of pollinators in the vicinity.

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