One of the best things about growing heirloom tomatoes is sometimes their history. I found the history of some tomatoes is fascinating and when I was at the Farmers Market, I was the first to include the description and history of the tomatoes I sold. People really enjoyed reading about what they were eating and where it was from.
One such tomato is the Black Krim, a favorite for many people. It has a very interesting history as it originated in Ukraine. Black Krim is the Ukrainian word for Crimea. I didn’t know any of this. I knew it was from Russia but not specifically from Ukraine and to be exact, Crimea, which Russia took back in 2014 after invading it before this year’s invasion of Ukraine. I found out this information from Terrior Seeds. To read more on the Black Krim from Terrior Seeds, go here. How relevant to today’s world.
I am SOOOOO relieved to know that I can continue to plant Black Krim tomatoes. Meanwhile, I am pulling up all of my Russian Sage and all of the Siberian Elms which populate my property, which are invasive anyway. I think we need to start a campaign to uproot every single Russian Sage across ALL of Santa Fe. What a relief not to have to look at them all summer long. And thank you for remembering to politicize gardening. It’s truly such a relief to know you are on the lookout for our collective moral wellbeing.
Jannine, the lady whose solarium we are Iising also is interested in Black so we have six. Some tiny some not.
For years I looked for an enclosure or dams to
Place around my tomatoes for deep watering. I was given 10 inch piece of plastic water pipe, with 1/2” thick walls. I have cut it up into 4-5 inch pieces, chamfered the leading edge so I can sink it into the soil easily and now fill them
To the top. No leaks! And with the thick plastic walls they will not crack, break nor rust. Placed at planting, nothing will need to be done with them till the plant itself is uprooted in fall.