This year Kotlas is producing outstandingly, before - I rarely noticed it - kinda small and funny I wrote, but now I am raving. Of course Sasha's Altai is the best tomato in the world, no matter what is happening. Nothing can beat it for earliness, and nothing can beat it for flavor either. It makes you make noises when you eat it.
I am cataloging every one - as they come in and into the seed jar. Here's a few awesome shots of tomato porn.
Below is Coyote. A currant tomato of course and born in tiny clusters. Diversity is the name of the game. I'm holding him in the rain, which is making them grow right now. Each tomato is completely unique. I love tasting them, discovering their idiosyncrasy's, how they grow, who is first. Olga's Yellow Chicken really does look like bright yellow eggs on the vine - too cool. And Wendy - from New Zealand - "Sweet as a plum" - and so early and plentiful - I've gotten to know each one.
Remember, it's not only economical, it will help you grow better than you ever have before. Seeds adapt to their environment and carry the information over into the next generation. In the mountain garden - this is exactly what we need.
So I'm having a ball - can't get enough. I hope to save 130 varieties. I am well on my way. It's hard to eat them though - especially Sasha's Altai - the fastest mountain tomato you ever saw, as now I see the seed as precious bounty for me and the masses, instead of perfect deliciousness for my belly. I'll take more pictures tomorrow - like Black Plum, a 'brown' tomato, Indigo Rose, the deepest purple ever, and White Queen, chosen for fine Russian flavor.