It is that time of year when we look at some of our tomato crop
and decide which varieties are worth growing again.
This year we did some research and tried to identify some tomatoes which have a low number of “days” – the time from flowering to ripe fruit. Even so, it has not been a good year for our crop, both the amount of fruit and the degree of ripening have not been the best.
We had to track down the seed for Crushed Heart on eBay as it does not seem to be available commercially
We will grow this again (from our own saved seed)
Another new find we will grow again is Costoluto Fiorentino
because they are an exciting shape, if for no the reason.
Another visually exciting variety is Tigerella
He haven’t grown many large varieties in recent years but Black Russian we will sow again
we are not so sure about. They have not properly ripened even though they look exciting.
Other varieties from this year which will grow again are
and Sweet Aperitif
while, after growing it for several years, we are giving up on Ailsa Craig.
Any suggestions for things to try are very welcome…
Bella (we only give names to hens of distinction) got up this morning and managed to eat some breakfast.
Understandably, she was still very fragile so we decided to move her to the special needs zone.
Current occupants are Dora,
who is a bit slow physically (and mentally) and spends a lot of her life sitting down.
And Eliza (because she is a Wayward Daughter),
who became a pathological escapee when part of the main flock.
They live in a strange harmony
which was interrupted today as Bella arrived in their bed.
As the day ends she is still alive although we had a time of concern earlier when she was lying on her side looking pained. This was the result.
Back in the main flock we have been stumped as to how to prevent a reoccurrence of the abduction. These hens have been recently without a cockerel, who can give early warning of overhead predators. We did have one to spare from one of the summer hatchings (currently being fattened up for the pot hence no name) so he was sent of to perform sentry duties.
He was a little puzzled but seemed to take the job seriously being shown the way by Inky,