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


NEW ZEALAND PINK PEAR(aka new Zealand Pink Paste) (D) - Catalog #15
Leaf Type - Potato

This plant has not fared well in the schizophrenic garden, but the first tomato looks great, harvested August 9 which was very sweet for a paste tomato and made a great sandwich. Meat is thick and almost seedless. A perfect variety for slicing and eating fresh or for making elegant pink and tasty sauces.

This paste heirloom from New Zealand is supposed to produce an abundance of gorgeous, pear-shaped, pink fruits with excellent sweet flavors, but alas I mention the weather of the summer of 2009 and this plant produced only two tomatoes before almost succumbing to the cold. As with the other plants that have faltered, I left her in place and believe it or not, a new shoot from the base of the plant has appeared and has new flowers.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Karen,

    I want to post your foto in my blog. I hope, its O.K.?

    Greetings from Göttingen, Germany