Custom AG Tomato Kit [10/26/2015]

I started an AG Tomato kit consisting of two Red Heirloom and one Golden Harvest Tomato pods tonight.

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The funny thing is, while the

The funny thing is, while the golden plant is the ugliest tomato plant I've grown, I'm starting to get decent looking fruit, n small numbers. I prefer to use 2 heirloom and 1 golden harvest tomato ratio for my salads. The golden is more tart. I am going to start replacing all of my CFL Ultra hoods with LED's. I'll be back in the game, soon. 

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Bummer, Mike.  I was sure

Bummer, Mike.  I was sure that one Golden would do well, and if I remember correctly, the goldens were your favorite over the heirloom.  You or Corinne.  What a disappointment.  And that leafy green I was all excited to try!  But bitter, no bueno.  There are plenty of bitter types in my seed stash already.  Do you think if you harvested it more heavily while quite young it would've stayed less bitter?

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Sorry to hear that, Mike. So

Sorry to hear that, Mike. So sad when one of the slow grows goes bad.

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This project turned out to be

This project turned out to be a dud. The one remaining tomato plant is puny, and it's starting to yellow. The Shungiku leaves turned bitter tasting, too. It's time for a change. It will either be Gypsy Hybrid Peppers or Cajun Belles. I've grown both of those, successfuly on the AG, before.

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The other plant on this

The other plant on this garden is a Golden Harvest Tomato. Neither of the other two Heirloom plants made it.  sad  I just gave this plant it's 5-week haircut. I had to clip off a couple of buds, as well. I want the plant to strengthen a bit and grow more before letting the buds stick around.

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I think they taste like

I think they taste like mustard greens with a hint of citrus. They are almost lemony. They are absolutely terrific with tomatoes and Miracle Whip. And there is no bitterness. I WILL be growing more of this. BTW, I have been curious enough to be pinching off leaves regularly, mostly to prevent the Shungiku from blocking the light to the other two plants. I like the taste. Not as the primary flavor for a salad, but to mix in. Also great for sandwiches and burgers. The photo below was taken on 12/2/15.

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Very cool, Mike, thanks. I

Very cool, Mike, thanks. I shall have to try Shungiku some time. smiley I do like mustard greens - minus the bitterness.

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Are Shungiku sandwiches a

Are Shungiku sandwiches a taste sensation? I don't know how that herb tastes, but it sure grows happily.

For a month old, the left tomato seems lackluster, too. I had an early girl tomato this year, outdoors, that had a sickly start indoors. I figured it would grow out of it, and transplanted it outdoors anyway. It never did get over it. So now I think lackluster tomato plants should be tossed and started over. They're just so long-lived, you know? Why commit to 6 months with a plant that failed to thrive...

But maybe you're already emotionally attached. wink

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Now here's the unusual garden

Now here's the unusual garden. The Golden Harvest Tomato plant on the left is OK. The Shungiku in the center is growing like mad. I've been plucking leaves that are blocking the light from the tomato plants, and putting them on sandwiches. The Heirloom Tomatoes on the right, suck.

Oh well!

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OK, I had to make some major

OK, I had to make some major changes this week. One Heirloom plant never produced. On my herb garden, my Shungiku plant exploded. The Dill and Shungiku were taking over the garden. I pulled the tomato plant. I transferred the Shungiku plant to the tomato garden. The Shungiku is the only impressive plant at 22 days.

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