Thursday, July 20, 2006

Black from Tula tomato

Robust plant here in my yard? No (might do better with more protection from afternoon sun).

Early fruiting in my yard? No

Tons of fruit right compared to other varieties in my yard? No

Taste? Out of this world (Thank you, Amy Stewart, for recommending it!)

Note: Of my two main tomato beds, the one receiving earlier afternoon shade contains the largest, most prolific tomato plants-- Early Girl and Costoluto Genovese. At first, I assumed they were simply more heat tolerant and robust, but it may be that they're benefiting from earlier afternoon shading. The two plants in the sunniest bed, Copia and Black from Tula, are looking more stressed. If I have time before leaving for Mendo, I will rig up some shade cloth for them. This is quite a heat spell we're having.


  1. I planted Early Girl one year and had the best tomato harvest that I have ever had. And they were grown in full sun. I try out a different variety every year, but may have to save a spot next year, when I expand my vegetable garden, just for this variety.

  2. This is my first year growing 'Early Girl', believe it or not. Now I know why it's such a no-brainer. Vigorous plant, tons of fruit, early setting, healthy foliage, tasty enough.

    Black from Tula, though, is sweet and delicious, with a hint of balsamic vinegar. I would call the flavor mild, yet complex and not overly tart or sweet.

  3. Anonymous3:27 PM

    Good to see Costoluto Genovese is doing well for you. I really hope more people start growing that one. Early Girl and Champion are doing great for me this year. But the winner for production so far is the new Shady Lady, and I'm getting good feedback on flavor. Add it to your list next year....