The goal of this blog is to educate, encourage and entertain fellow Urban Gardeners; your comments and suggestion are encouraged to make this blog a better place to visit.

Our focus is Heirloom Tomatoes and Urban Chickens, but we will also add posts on other fruits, vegetables and gardening ideas as we see relevant.

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"The wise one"


I have been growing much of my own 100% organic, fresh food in my Brisbane CA (a few miles south of San Francisco) garden for almost 10 years now – This is the summer of 2009 and we have 31 different Heirloom Tomato plants that we are going to be reviewing (that means munching) and then sharing the information. Much of your success with Tomatoes will definitely depend on the weather.

We have three truly free-ranging hens, Hewey, Louie and Dewey - "the three wise hens" who do lots of their own gardening as well as supply us with eggs and organic garden fertilizer. They are also wonderful weeders. Their antics will entertain you in the following pages.

Also in our Urban Garden we grow apricots, peaches, five varieties of apples, Asian pears, figs, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, pepino melons, lemons, limes, oranges, cherries, grapes, tunas (prickly pears), passionfruit, onions, beans, English peas, cucumber, tomatillos, kale, arugula, a variety of peppers and potatoes.

Our herb collection includes:- parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, Italian and Greek oregano, three different varieties of basil, lemon balm, bee balm, lemon verbena, orange mint, peppermint and spearmint.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


A favorite heirloom tomato variety from Australia. BUT, you cannot find it in the stores in Australia, nor have any of my friends, colleagues or family heard of this "gem".
According to Tomatofest, this is a dependable red heirloom tomato for the market, home and as a show tomato.
Here is a picture of the first tomato that we harvested, it weighed in at 1lb 12oz. Tomatofest organic tomato seeds produce indeterminate, regular-leaf tomato plants that dependably yield picture-perfect, copious amounts of 1-2 lb., glossy-red, meaty, fluted, beefsteak tomatoes that are LOADED with delicious, bold, rich and complex tomatoey flavors. Great disease resistance. Good show tomato. One to impress your friends with....A winner!

This plant is MASSIVE in our garden. Looks like a tomato on steroids! It is strong, with incredible growth and resilience, showing no signs of weakness, even in the very cool July weather. Let's hope the tomatoes are fabulous. As of September 5, these plants have become the dominant force in the garden. They are thankfully sprawling over some of the other varieties that have lost many leaves to the cold, and therefore are acting as a protective force to the growing tomatoes on other plants that now have very little leaf sun protection. This plant could easily occupy a space 8'x8'x8'.

The flavor is as true down to earth full bodied tomato as it gets, very few seeds and extra juice, make it a great slicer for bread, basil, pepper and great olive oil. These tomatoes are also so big that you will need someone to help you eat even one fruit. Add a glas of wine and you have a gourmet dinner

AUSSIE HEIRLOOM - (I) – Catalog #6
Leaf Type - Regular

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