Information and Recipes


Pizza with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Stretch and flatten premade pizza dough on oiled cookie sheet
Brush olive oil on crust
Spread Roasted Tomato sauce on dough
Chop and spread on sauce:
½ red onion
½ Walla Walla Sweet onion
3 or more cloves of garlic
Slice small red tomatoes and spread in a single layer on pie
Put artichoke heart quarters in between tomatoes
Toss sliced olives on top
Sprinkle an Italian herb mix or use fresh herbs
Put slices of Provolone cheese artfully on pie
Sprinkle fresh Parmesan cheese over pie
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes


Roasting Tomatoes

Basic roasted tomatoes:
Slice fresh tomatoes in half and put skin side down in large baking dish
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, olive oil.
You may add thick slices of fresh shallots and garlic,  sprinkle with more olive oil
These three methods have subtle differences, but generally you want the tomatoes
rich and the shallots and garlic still a little firm.  
Don’t let the tomatoes burn.  
300 degrees for 2 to 3 hours
325 degrees for 1 1/4 hour
425 degrees for 1/2 to 1 hour
Cool, peel tomatoes, discard skins
Depending on your use and preference you
may process into a paste, lightly chop or mill.


FOR ITALIAN:  Add fresh or dried Italian herbs (Basil, Oregano, Thyme etc.)

FOR SALSA:  You may use green tomatoes for Chile Verde Salsa.Roast with whole or sliced fresh chiles, onions and garlic. After roasting add cumin and corriander  seed, and lemon juice.
Add powdered chile or  bottled sauce if it needs more heat.    

The sauce and salsa can be canned or frozen. 



Blossom Rot

I noticed some Blossom Rot on my early harvest.  This condition accounts for the black bottoms of your tomatoes.  It is caused from calcium deficiency due to overwatering or our rainy spring which dilutes the amount of calcium reaching the branches with blossoms.  Here is a great article


Time to trim off suckers

Removing suckers, non-fruit bearing branches promotes growth of the fruit bearing branches and lets light and air circulate around the plant.  The suckers are lower branches and the leaves are not frilly like the fruit  bearing leaves.  After wet weather remove leaves that are damaged, especially those near the ground, this helps prevent blight. 


How to Plant Your Start

Pinch or cut off lower leaves. Dig a hole deep enough to bury bare stem or lay it on it’s side. Add a bit of bone meal, garden flime and fertilziaer. Either bury it straight down or gently bend the stem and lay the start on it’s side nearer the top of the soil.  Laying it nearer the top will provide more warmth and aid in watering.  The stem will turn into roots. Water with an anti shock fertilizer, (UpStart, Vitamin B1 Plant Starter, etc.) Fertilize often as they grow.