F2 Generation Tomatoes


F2+ Tomatoe

Someone asked a while back about how the hybrid (F2 and beyond) tomatoes come out. Above is an example. It is a volunteer that either the pigs pooped out the seed or the seed fell not far from the bush of last year. Either way it is a hybrid of a hybrid and looking good.

It’s a little dry because its been sitting in the pantry for a month after it was picked green. But then that is how commercial tomatoes are picked. It ripened up nicely and we had it for lunch today.


F2+ Tomato Sliced Open

The relevance of this is the sellers of seeds tell us that saving hybrid seeds won’t work. Obviously they’re wrong. I have a lot of hybrid seeds, crosses of two different parent lines by traditional breeding, which have gone on to produce excellent offspring themselves, generation after generation. Our pigs are hybrids. Our dogs are hybrids. We are hybrids. More the vigor.

We’ve had a wonderful warm fall after a long sunny summer. Today we got a good hard, unusually late, frost followed by hail, rain, snow and sunshine. A few minutes ago the snow was rattling the windows. Now the sun is warm. The weather is changing. This was the first snow of the fall. Holly put in the winter window in the loft this morning in preparation for the dropping temperatures. We haven’t lit a fire yet but it is nice to look out in the wood shed and see the dry wood piled there and know there are more dry logs up on the water line road waiting to be skidded down, before winter. We’ll be warm and toasty in our little cottage.

Outdoors: 44°F/24°F Rain, Sun, Hail, 2″ Snow melted, Sun, Clouds, 1″ Snow – Confusing Weather – First Snow of the Fall
Tiny Cottage: 65°F/63°F

Daily Spark: Windmills do no good unless tilting rapidly.

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6 Responses to F2 Generation Tomatoes

  1. Jac says:

    Nice tomatoe but what is the speckled grey background behind it is what I want to know?

    • That is a sawn slab of local gray granite, probably from the quarry over in Graniteville[1, 2] just east ofBarre,[1, 2] Vermont where you’ll find many of the stone cutting sheds. We get waste granite for fill which we also use in our projects. In fact, most of our cottage and butcher shop are made of that granite as the aggregate in the concrete or chunks we used for sills and other functions. Holly cut that piece out of a much larger broken chunk which was probably originally destined to be counter top in an elegant home. It is now the center plate of our dining table where we set hot dishes of food. Or sometimes I use it as the background of a photograph due to its neutral color and nice texture.

  2. Stacy Dopp says:

    Looks great let us know how it tastes.

    • It was okay. Roughly what a store tomato tastes like. I think probably because this one had gotten picked green and then ripened on the shelf, which is how store tomatoes are done. The ones from the same plants that had ripened on the vine tasted better. My favorite are the sweet cherry tomatoes but I’m not terribly picky – I love tomatoes.

  3. Nance says:

    me too, Walter, any home grown tomato but I really appreciate the sweet cherries. I had an orange sweet cherry last summer and I mean to have it again next summer. I was too late this year (my nursery was out of the tomato sets) but next year!

    Last year at frost, I wrapped each regular green tomato in newspaper and stored them in the cool basement. We had ripe tomatoes for Thanksgiving Day dinner. I am trying that again this year. The wrapped tomatoes are tucked up, wrapped up, to ripen.

  4. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    In Santa Barbara, one year I bought so-called sanitary waste solids for fertilizer, put it on a patch of ground. Had never read about heavy metals contamination and pharmaceutical wastes then, so thought it was cheap goodness. Had three hundred and ten tomato plants on 1/6 of an acre the next spring. All were some variant of cherry tomato, not one a larger fruit. Nonetheless, made a lot of spaghetti sauce that year!! Love tomatos too!!

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