Grafted Tomatoes Grow Bumper Crops

'Legend' tomato grows with Clematis 'Polish Spirit'.
I'm glad I only planted two tomato plants. It's going to be a pretty good year, even in a shady garden like mine. Both were purchased from Territorial Seed as grafted plants. According to the description, the graft contributes to vigor and disease resistance. Although I don't have a lot of experience with growing tomatoes, I can definitely say I've never had so many tomatoes.

'Legend' bears lots of fruit on each branch.
I planted 'Legend' near our fence next to Clematis 'Polish Spirit'. It required a few pieces of reinforced steel bar, but once I got it all trussed up, its growth has gone more horizontal than vertical.
'Legend' is described as disease-resistant and early, though it has not ripened as quickly as the other tomato plant--Japanese Black Trifele, which actually comes from Russia.

Trussed-up Trifele

The remaining rebar and all the other 10' stakes I could get my hands on went toward staking the Japanese Black Trifele, which is now close to eight feet tall. I've actually had to cut this baby back and remove stems to keep it from completely shading out everything adjacent to it. It's been ripening pretty quickly though, and this is one tasty tomato. It's described as rich, smokey and complex in flavor.

A ripe Japanese Black Trifele
This tomato is great in my baked version of Bruschetta. Cut it up and mix with a little olive oil, basil and a touch of balsamic vinegar and let it sit while you slice the bread.    Drizzle melted butter on the bread slices and spread the tomato mixture on it, topping it off with grated Parmesan. Bake until lightly browned. The tomato becomes somewhat caramelized and sweet, adding lots of complexity to a simple recipe.

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