What my garden’s growing: Violet Jasper

So far my mini-garden has yeilded loads of fresh herbs, a few snow peas, some green beans and a few cucumbers. While there are lots of little peppers on the red pepper plant, my zucchini plants are big and leafy and have produced tons of blossoms, but so far no actual zucchini. Something must be wrong there.

This year I planted three heirloom tomatoes: Amish Paste, Gajo de Melon, and this beautifully colorful Violet Jasper:

Sometimes the problem with heirloom varieties is knowing when they’re ripe. With “violet” in the name, I left my first few tomatoes on until they had a purplish hue. By then, they were overly sweet and a little mushy. I just picked that beauty above (along with some slightly riper ones and another cucumber).



It was delicious.

The Amish Paste plant is big and healthy, but its tomatoes are still green. My poor Gajo de Melon doesn’t seem to like where I planted it. It hasn’t grown very large, and while it has lots of tomatoes, they’re barely the diameter of a nickle. They’re supposed to be the size of cherry tomatoes, just like the Violet Jaspers. We’ll see what happens.

For now I’m glad to have the first haul of eight nice Violet Jasper tomatoes – and now I know to pick them when they look like the photos above.

How are your gardens growing?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on August 4, 2013, in food, gardening, Heirloom tomatoes, tomatoes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Being we live in ARIZONA we started our garden in February. My brother plants a huge garden for our dad to tend. He says it “gives him something to do.” Which is true. My we had tons of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, corn (about 12 ears) and even a few cantelope! The bell peppers did not do very well, nor did the cucumbers this year. There were some surprises — my brother thought he bought beefsteak tomatoes, bu we ended up with lots of tiny orange sweet little jems. A nice surprise! I will send ou a picture

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Look out – I just might post those photos later this week! I love that your brother plants the garden and your dad tends it. That’s team work!

  2. My lettuce is going crazy, basil is nuts, tomatoes are getting there, broccoli is gone thanks to Duke! He pulled the entire plant out of the ground!!

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Last year my basil grew like crazy, this year it’s just….there.

      Did Duke play with the broccoli plant, or eat it?

      Broccoli is one of Doggie Lily’s favorite veggies. She also loves carrots, bell peppers, snow peas, green beans, cucumber, asparagus and cauliflower. She prefers them raw, but also likes them cooked.

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