The total number of tomatoes for the year, total weight and average ounces per fruit are listed below.
• Boxcar Willie, 89 tomatoes, 29.80 pounds, 5.36 ounces each
• German Johnson, 94 tomatoes, 72.60 pounds, 12.36 ounces each
• Aunt Ruby, 65 tomatoes, 47.40 pounds, 11.67 ounces each
• Big Red, seven tomatoes, 6.20 pounds, 14.17 ounces each
• Prudence Purple, 95 tomatoes, 62.20 pounds, 10.48 ounces each
• Beef Steak, 185 tomatoes, 82.60 pounds, 7.14 ounces each
• Big Rainbow, 138 tomatoes, 98.60 pounds, 11.43 ounces each
• Roma, 386 tomatoes, 38.80 pounds, 1.61 ounces each
• Mortgage Lifter, 83 tomatoes, 74.80 pounds, 14.42 ounces each
• Abe Lincoln, 233 tomatoes, 135 pounds, 9.27 ounces each.
“This is one year’s data, so take it with a grain of salt,” Upham says, “but note Abe Lincoln. Most heirlooms are not even close to yielding what a good hybrid does, but Abe Lincoln is right in there. Also the average weight of an individual Abe Lincoln tomato is more than any of the hybrids Tom evaluated. Many of the heirlooms produce larger tomatoes than Abe Lincoln, but not the hybrids. So why wouldn’t Abe Lincoln make it as a commercial variety? It is too soft and won’t ship. However, it would be a great tomato for homeowners if they can keep it healthy. These old heirlooms often have poor disease resistance, especially to the wilt diseases such as Verticillium and Fusarium wilt.”
K-State gives these sources for Abe Lincoln seed: NE Seed, www.neseed.com, 800-825-5477; Reimer Seed, www.reimerseeds.com; Tomato Growers Supply, www.tomatogrowers.com, 888-478-7333; and Totally Tomatoes, www.totallytomato.com.
The morning sessions will cover basic gardening topics: vegetable gardening from the ground up, growing a garden in heat and drought, and organic pest control. In the afternoon there will be a choice between advanced gardening – growing your own salad, seed starting under lights, and fruit trees for small spaces – and cooking and preserving – cooking with fresh vegetables, cooking with fresh herbs and preserving the harvest.
Register online at growgoodfood.eventbrite.com or call 316-660-0100.
9 a.m., Compost Happens, by James Taylor, retired instructor at Hutchinson Community College; 10 a.m., Plants That Need Less Water, by Scott Vogt, director of Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston; 11 a.m., Top 40 Prairie Star Annuals for Color, by Alan Stevens of K-State; 1 p.m., Most Common Plant Problems, by Ward Upham of K-State; 2 p.m., Container Gardens – Succulents, Flowers and More, by Ben Miller of Stutzmans Greenhouse; and 3 p.m., Curb Appeal – Landscaping Your Front Yard, by extension agent Bob Neier.