Spring 2015

A dinosaur of a tomato, with sepals that want to be leaves!? This mutant of a megabloom is something that happens mostly with tomatoes of pre-columbian origin. A great many european tomatoes have fuzed ovaries but I have never seen any produce leaf-like sepals.


Some progress with anthocyanin tomatoes, it seems this one will be blackening up when the heat of the summer sun comes to ripen them. This like many of her siblings are also “dwarf” tomatoes suitable for small containers, some of which are so small they can thrive in single gallon pots.


When you show a great affection for the earth then she will return the same in kind. Can you name all the native and edible food plants in this photograph?

Or in this one? There are no weeds in my garden. The wild ones all serve a purpose and the line between wild and domesticated is blurred by a different kind of thing, called symbiosis. Our gardens, like our own bodies, are the living memory of mother earth. The Apios and Sunroot in this photo above comes from the body of the first born on Turtle Island, the mother of Good mind.


Fuzzy foliage is one of the most dramatic ways for a tomato to show off and stand out amongst her sisters. Some say the velvet leaves are the most beautiful of any other tomato leaf form, making them ideal specimens for ornamental gardens alongside the purple kale and echinacea.


Anthocyanin tomatoes like these are one of the reasons life can be so excellent. Watching the sun transform the lime green fruit to a deep violet, bringing a promise of sweetness swelling within its flesh.


Thriving through May into the first of June without a single spot of fungus anywhere to be seen, this sugar sweet green-when-ripe cherry tomato is very much like it relative Lost Marbles, being entirely resistant to septoria and being entirely delicious.