Heh, yeah I really cut back this year! Don't know how we'll manage with just 43 tom plants! Yes, I did 70 last year, totally ridiculous, I was like you, I went loco with all the new heirloom seeds I got. I just had to try at least one plant, or two per variety. We also did about 30 pepper plants.
No, we didn't sell any, we might have given some away. But, as mentioned in last year's thread of the same name, it was kind of a bust. A lot of the plants got diseased, and then the fruit got sun scalded because of the lack of foliage. Plus, we had bad blossom end rot on some of our Roma type tom's.
There were some stand outs, but frankly there maybe were 25 plants that we didn't get a good sampling of because of all the problems. Oh, and I didn't fertilize enough, and the weeds got out of control. The fruit on a lot of the plants just tasted off, I think because of lack of nutrients, and maybe too much rain.
The varieties that we grew but didn't get a good sampling of were Black Trifele, Black Brandywine, Lemon Oxheart, Mr Stripey, Costoluto Fiorentino, Korol Sibiri, German Johnson, Great White, Aunt Ruby's German Green, and so on. Really disappointing.
We did can a lot 'mater's and veggie soup, and made about a dozen pints of salsa with them and the peppers, but frankly, we could've done sooo much better. We grow the food to enjoy fresh, but our main reason is for food storage.
Even the peppers did poorly, except the Pepperoncini, Serrano and Red Marconi. We couldn't even get simple banana and Jalapeño's to do well.
I'm chalking it up to nutrient poor soil, too much rain, and late negligence on my part.This year the plants are in much better soil, I amended all our plots after getting a soil test report. Had to use a lot of lime, about 700lb worth on five plots! I also hope to be more diligent about weeding and fertilizing.
We grew less peppers last year, about 30 compared to about 40 this year. I hope to get all those planted by next week. Yes, the weather's been very uncooperative, but what can you do. It used to make me furious, but that's just a waste of energy. I don't know how farmers can stand it, they are obviously so dependent on the weather.