Come on, admit it. This is the first picture that came to your mind. Until about four months ago, it would have been mine as well.
Back in March, I planted several varieties of heirloom tomatoes with high hopes of a bumper crop that would last all summer.
Didn't happen. Not even close.
Out of the 8 different kinds that I planted, only 3 have produced. I was told that heirlooms are finicky. I thought I could overcome that problem with love and water and seaweed extract. What I didn't count on was extreme temperatures starting in May, and a second summer that appears to be rain-free.
In May, I had ginormous plants that were not setting fruit. I needed my garden for other things, if these weren't going to comply with my golden rule.
"Produce or Perish"
The deer very much enjoyed 'Marianna's Peace', 'Pineapple', 'Aunt Ruby's German Green', 'Cherokee Purple', 'Rose DeBerne', and 'Pruden's Purple'.
What did survive and produce fruit were the 'Black Krim', 'Taxi' and the lovely 'Green Zebra' that you see here. The Green Zebra is bit bigger than a golf ball, and striking in fresh tomato dishes. Darn tasty to boot.
What does it taste like? Well, it tastes like a tomato.
Would I grow it again next year? Sure. It has proved that it can withstand the horrors of Austin summer and still produce.