Author Archives: brianbreczinski

About brianbreczinski

work: chemist, NMR manager; hobbies: gardening, reading, photography, electronics, biking, woodworking

Two New (to me) Tomato Varieties

This year, I tried planting some new varieties of tomatoes.  Two indeterminate tomatoes that I tried are ‘Anna Russian’ and ‘Cherokee Green’.  They have been producing fruit for a few weeks now. ‘Anna Russian’ produces medium-large, heart-shaped, pinkish red fruit. … Continue reading

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Container Flowers

I like to grow annual flowers in various containers.  This year, cosmos, zinnia, and sunflowers have all done well in their flower pots. I’ve planted these cosmos and zinnia varieties before and they have always grown well in containers.  The … Continue reading

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Fortex Beans

We picked the first of the ‘fortex’ pole beans on Saturday.  This was my first time to try these beans and I didn’t expect them to be so large; the longest was about 10.5 inches (26.7 cm) long! We ate … Continue reading

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Radishes

I picked some radishes today in the rain.  I picked some last week too to thin the plants and make space, but those radishes were only about half this size. You can see that the seed leaves (the heart-shaped leaves close to the root) … Continue reading

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2017 Seeds Orders

I placed my orders for seeds on February 8th.  My main order was with Pinetree Garden Seeds (superseeds.com), which is where I usually order seeds. This was a pretty big order, so I’ll break it down into categories.  First are … Continue reading

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Update to 2016 Tomato Report

This fall, after I wrote the 2016 Tomato Report post, a disease that I suspect is a form of blight infected all my tomato plants.  This disease shows up every year.  It starts on leaves at the bottom of the plants and … Continue reading

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2016 Tomato Report

I grew six varieties of tomatoes this year.  Here is my appraisal of their performance in my garden. I usually plant indeterminate tomatoes.  This type of tomato will continue to grow and produce fruit until frost (or disease) kills the … Continue reading

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Beans, Blackberries, Peppers, Eggplant, and Tomatoes

It’s just two days since we last picked blackberries and tomatoes, and three since we picked everything else, but we got quite a lot of vegetables tonight. We’ve been getting adequate amounts of rain lately, the heat has moderated a … Continue reading

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Blooming Cactus

I have an enormous prickly pear cactus that lives in a corner of my office, where it’s mostly out of the way and less likely to injure me.  I’ve blogged about this cactus previously, in “I’ve got blisters on my cactus!” … Continue reading

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Weekend Harvest

We just picked some vegetables and fruit from our garden.  Botanically, I guess they’re all classified as fruit as they all contain seeds. The pole beans (‘Kentucky blue’ and ’emerite’ varieties) were producing heavily in July, but the hot, dry weather … Continue reading

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