I am really happy with the overall garden performance and health of the vast majority of plants. Spacing the plants, getting the grow bag dwarfs out of the center of the driveway, more frequent watering and feeding, and regular removal of lower diseased foliage all seem to be helping, and the impact of favorable weather can't be minimized.
The best tasting indeterminate varieties so far are Don's Double Delight, the lovely red tomato that is supposed to be Cherokee Green, Lucky Cross, Cherokee Chocolate, and, especially, Stump of the World and Ferris Wheel. Cherry tomatoes Sungold (of course), Mexico Midget, Lemon Drop and Egg Yolk are all wonderful. Waiting to taste over the next few days are Anna Russian, Bisignano #2, Nepal, Peak of Perfection, Big Boy, Lillian's Yellow, both Halladay's and Mullens' Mortgage Lifter, with Brandywine, Little Lucky and Green Giant, Polish, Yellow Oxheart, Giant Syrian a bit further away from picking.
Outstanding tasting dwarfs have been Beryl Beauty, Sean's Yellow Dwarf, Jade Beauty, Boronia, Sweet Sue, Emerald Giant, Summertime Green, Perth Pride, Blazing Beauty and Sweet Scarlet....but Summertime Gold, Mr. Snow, Summer Sunrise, Wherokowhai, Wild Fred and Rosella Purple await sampling.
There really haven't been any huge surprises - it seems to be a season where the tomato variety's inherent flavors are showing (or not showing, if not present) pretty well. Varieties that are struggling with disease, or gave up the ghost, are Favorite, Golden Queen, Polish, Giant Syrian, and Magnus (among indeterminates), and Tasmanian Chocolate, Sleeping Lady, Sweet Adelaide, Chocolate Champion, Big Green Dwarf of the dwarfs. Both of my Abraham Lincoln plants are showing instability of the USDA strain - smallish pink fruit (instead of the hoped for large red), and Yellow White has an affliction where all fruits get grayish mottling on the blossom end.
Overall, though, out of 110 or so plants, nearly 100 are still going strong...far better than my experience last year at this time. How are things going with all of you? Drop me an email or post a comment!