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.