As you may remember, my husband was beat up by a mature bull last summer and ended up in hospital and eventually ICU for several days. Fortunately, and against all odds, he was back on a four wheeler and checking cattle in 15 days from the incident!! So the tomato story comes from his nurse in ICU who gave us some heirloom seeds he had saved – a tomato called “Ivan”. The seeds he share were prolific with high germination rate, so i had far more plants that i could possible use. i just had to end up throwing them away. However, a 25 foot row of about 20 plants produced ample enough fresh eating and canning for our family until next year’s crop is ready.
“Ivan” i learnt is a native tomato of Missouri which was apparently in need of rescuing! My plants were not properly pruned or staked, so i had a lot of vines which no doubt took away from crop production. But, i simply didn’t have time. If Yah allows, I’ll be ready next year with panels and time to care for the plants properly. These tomatoes are delicious.
These beans are so amazing that they just need a bit of bragging upon! A small handful of seeds given to me by a friend from Philippines at least a decade ago resulted in being planted every year. Not only are they easy to grow, they produce like crazy, taste great, and plenty left for seed saving. (normally i harvest those allowed to mature early in the season, but this year there were people wanting seeds, so i’m gathering now. Does it make a difference? don’t know, have to leave that to the plant scientists and agronomists) In addition to preparing and eating a lot of these and giving a lot away, I still froze up about 12 gallons so far, even though i planted them late. Production is really slowing down now due to continued drought, but mostly shorter days as we transition to fall.