I'm very excited about the possibility of Super Yields! Stronger! Faster! Fights Off Disease and Pests! as promised in the literature about these plants. To say that my climate is a challenge for tomatoes is an understatement. Today–this is August, mind you–has been so chilly and foggy that I've worn a sweater all morning. The sun came out around 2 pm, but the fog will roll back in by suppertime, and I'll put that sweater back on. Shorts? I don't own a pair of shorts. It is not exactly tomato weather around here. Ever.
Right now the tomatoes are all doing great. I'd show you a picture of the whole setup, but it's just a tangle of overgrown vines that wouldn't really tell you anything. I have noticed that the grafted "Big Beef" is shorter than the non-grafted version, but that doesn't mean much to me right now–all I care about is how many actual tomatoes I get by the end of the season.
And look at these lovely green San Francisco Fogs! So pretty! So full of promise!
I've been down this road before, y'all. I've watched tomato plants get all green and luxuriant and heavy with hard green tomatoes–and then produce just a few ripe red tomatoes before some awful fungus strikes and they all wilt into a pile of black, rotting misery sometime in late September.
But I'm hopeful! If these go well, I will build a much better tomato bed for myself next year and really get into tomato-growing in a way I haven't been able to since I moved to Eureka.
I'll report back in a few weeks. If anybody else is testing these grafted veggies, please share a link in the comments so we can see how yours are doing, too.
Posted by Amy Stewart on August 3, 2011 at 5:25 am, in the category Eat This.