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Brandywine tomato

Brandywine tomatoThese I grew from a Seeds of Change organic seed packet of '94, this year, and was extra caring, both in raising the seedlings, on my windowsill, in 4X4 plastic pots, and in setting them out in the sunniest spot in my tiny backyard garden.  I did put rich compost in the holes when I set them out, and used the wire "baskets" for some, and for others, tied them to a chicken wire fence, to train them up.

They got a late start, but are still bearing now.  They had no signs of blight at all, partly because I was so careful to take off any dead Sunflowers in an urban homesteadleaves.  I'd read that carrots are their best companion plants, so I did try to start carrots near each tomato.  The companion plant that I also had to put near them was peppers, and some basil.  But the interloper, volunteer, 3 tall sunflowers, I  also kept, in spite of their competing for sun with the tomatoes.  These tomatoes have been amazing--very solid, not watery--and I've wondered if maybe the tomato plants actually got a boost from the birds pooping as they ate up the sunflower seeds!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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