Friday, May 25, 2012

The Determinant Tomato

Image DetailThe terms determinant and indeterminant after the description of a tomato are confusing to most novice gardeners. After all we may have only seen that word, determinant, in math class when we studied matrices. Most of us will have forgotten what a matrix is and a determinant was found by a formula we briefly memorized and never again used. But the word is important to remember in tomato varieties. A determinant tomato plant has a different growing habit that can be beneficial in our garden. First, it is usually a smaller plant. When the plant starts producing flowers, it stops growing and focuses on producing fruit. It also does not need pruning. These are great attributes for smaller gardens or tomatoes grown in a pot. The fruit all matures within a couple os weeks. This is great for canning or making sauce or anyone who will be leaving at the end of the summer! One of the most popular determinant tomatoes is Celebrity. Another is Rutgers

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spring Plant Sale

    Mother's Day is fast approaching and COMSOG is prepared with many hanging baskets and other surprises for the garden.   There are petunias and fushias ready to hang or geraniums, gazanias, and portulaca  to put in pots or the flower beds.  Gazania is especially carefree and suited to the soil on Martha's Vineyard.

But don't forget the vegetable gardens.  Comsog is known for  their many heirloom tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.  Cherokee purple is my new favorite tomato. Very dense and sweet, its shape is like a beefsteak tomato.

Come and see the Greenhouse, enjoy the colors and the fresh lettuce but don't forget Mom!