Cool Rock Markers and Heirloom Tomatoes
It was clear to me when I saw these rock markers in a friend’s heirloom tomato garden that I had to share this neat idea…not just the rock markers, but the heirloom tomatoes, too.
Named for the Russian Gypsies, heirloom tomato Gypsy is one of the deepest, purplest, maroon tomatoes ever grown. From the great Soviet plant breeders.
To digress for a moment…Our family has a love/hate relationship with rocks. On one hand, it is a lot of work to remove them from the fields year after year to prevent damage to the farm equipment. But since we have so many and want to be good stewards of what we have, we have found multiple uses for them: from rock walls and walks to the pillars and foundations of our home.
These rocks signify to us the goodness of God who has blessed us with the bounty of the land He has graciously given us as to care for. They are a memorial, and when we see them, I pray we will always remember it! One of the rock projects as we installed our frost-free water hand-pump:
Garden rock markers are another functional and whimsical way to use them. I especially like the fun-loving names of the heirloom tomatoes:
Purple Cherokee is an old Cherokee Indian heirloom, pre-1890 variety; beautiful deep dusky purple-pink color, superb sweet flavor, and very large sized fruit.
Does anyone know the story behind the Speckled Pig’s Heart heirloom that they can share here?
The San Marzano tomato originally comes from a small town of the same name near Naples, Italy, and were first grown in volcanic soil in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, c. 1770.
Some seed-savers say that Black from Tula is the best tasting of all the dark tomatoes. Very rich, old-fashioned flavor, sweet and spicy. A rare Russian heirloom.
Al Kuffa is a strong bush plant cultivated in the south of Iraq in cool greenhouses. Also grown in the middle and north Iraq without greenhouse. Small 3-4 oz. round fruit.
While Roma is an open-pollinated variety rather than a hybrid, it has been steadily improved to the point where most Roma tomato varieties are fusarium wilt and verticillium-resistant (thus the VF in the name).
Why don’t you and your family have a creative rock marker-making party? Try your hand at using an outdoor acrylic paint or a Sharpie on some rocks for your veggie garden. Happy marker-making!
While you are thinking about it, check out the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds or Seed Saver’s Exchange and their wonderful heirloom seeds. There is still time to plan a fall garden to take you into winter.
“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.’ ~1 Samuel 7:12 (a memorial of stones after God intervened and defeated the Philistines while Samuel called out to the Lord)
“The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.” ~Genesis 1:12
Thanks for reading!