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I have been growing tomatoes for over 30 years in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. However, it was my introduction to heirloom tomatoes that has stirred my passion. Now I am an obsessed tomatophile! I love all types of tomatoes from tasty and tangy cherries to monsters and currently have more than 300 heirloom varieties in my collection and some 50 or more peppers, both sweet and hot. I am a connoisseur of everything ingested so as well as tomatoes and peppers I love fine wine and good grub.
Whilst I don’t yet have the confidence to do my own crosses of tomatoes I do love growing them out for folks in the northern hemisphere. This allows us here in the southern hemisphere to grow another ‘F’ generation out and save fresh seed and return it to the northern hemisphere before seeds need to be started for the next season. This effectively cuts the stabilization process in half, so where it would otherwise have taken five or six years to stabilize a new variety it will take only half that time. A great advantage, not to mention the fun involved!
Over the years I have developed a number of varieties that have turned out to be excellent. This has not been thru any outstanding efforts on my part but just chance, really. One such variety is Polish Pastel, an incredible pastel apricot color with deep rose pink shoulders, purely a delight to the naked eye and with a reasonably good flavor to boot!
I love to trade seeds with folks from around the world. To me, one of the most fascinating things is to see tiny little seeds I receive from the other side of the planet germinate and produce the most delicious fruit in my garden! My trade list is quite comprehensive and contains my own description of the varieties I have. I write them up as I see them, irrespective of their reputations elsewhere. My passion for heirloom tomatoes is centered around flavor. If a variety doesn’t have much flavor I really don’t see the point of growing it again. Each season I grow out around 60 new varieties and this is so much fun. Of these I normally find a number that are absolutely outstanding and they are immediately elevated to my list of top varieties. That list is growing fast but that is a very pleasant problem to have! LOL So if you have outstanding varieties that I don’t have please get in touch. Life is too short to eat flavorless tomatoes!
My zone is: ACT Aust
My favorite forum 1 is Growing Tomatoes.
My favorite forum 2 is Hot Pepper.
First registered on August 02,2001.