As I write, we have first gotten a red tomato! The climate has been weird here. Makes for nice green grass, in July, but it hasn’t been the best mater year. Either it is too hot and dry or it comes down in torrential downpours, splitting all the tomatoes.
I have watered so mine are pretty, but mostly all green. I don’t have as many as I should, either. Everything in my garden is behind and lazy. I guess it’s the varieties I planted, or the fact I started them from seed, a few weeks late. I don’t know. I am growing two hybrid tomatoes: Ponderosa and Break O’ Day.
The Ponderosas are fairly large tomatoes. They grow in clumps of two or three, which isn’t good since the stems cannot handle the weight of these tomato triplets.
The vines are tall and unruly. Our four foot stakes weren’t nearly enough to support the vines.
Mr O’Homestead had a brilliant idea to use a fence panel to keep them upright. Secured on three green fence stakes, we put the fence panel high enough to reach six foot. I won’t let the vines get any taller. I will just nip any new growth.
The fence panel provides support for every stem regardless where it is on the vine. My tomatoes are now standing tall and strong. I love this and will use this again, next year, no matter what type of tomato we grow. I certainly won’t have enough to do the amount of canning I had wished. I am trying to fill in with neighbor’s and farmers markets but all in all: sad tomato year.
As far as taste, the large Ponderosa is a good tasting tomato. Juicy and pleasant. Not too sweet and not too acidy. Just right for canning your favorite sauces.
The Break O’ Day is much smaller and has more of a cherry tomato taste: sweet. I could these like apples. I really can’t say how great for the homestead they are, because I am not sure if their poor performance is due to weather or me. Sorry I can’t be more help.