Garden Report for 2013: Over 2000 Tomatoes and Peppers

garden_03It was a good year for salsa at Ramsgate Manor. It was also the first year for my garden in full sun. Last fall, we had a 70+ year old Oak tree removed that was struggling with a disease. We decided it was best to remove it rather that spend the money to repair it. And the garden reaped the benefits. Here’s the breakdown of the tomatoes and peppers from the 2013 growing season.


  • Early Girls: 228 (8 plants)
  • Patio: 172 (8 plants)
  • Mega: 9 (3 plants)
  • Celebrity: 76 (3 plants)
  • Roma: 127 (8 plants)
  • Large red cherry: 1042 (8 plants)
  • Rutgers: 170 (8 plants)
  • Better boys: 98 (4 plants)
  • Total tomatoes: 1922
  • Total tomatoes (without large red cherries): 880


  • Camelot:71 (8 plants)
  • Big bertha: 80 (8 plants)
  • Red peppers:33 (4 plants)
  • Orange peppers: 25(4 plants)
  • Jalapeños:17 (1 plant)
  • Flavor bursts: 24 (4 plants)
  • Total peppers: 250
  • Total peppers (without jalapeños):233

garden_04Grand total

  • Total yield: 2172
  • Total yield (without large red cherries and jalapeños): 1113

You can take a look at the garden layout and the total numbers on my Google Drive spreadsheet.

It was a spicy summer

In the midst of July, we were overwhelmed with tomatoes. We didn’t know what to do. So we sliced and diced and made some salsa. The biggest batch we’ve made to date—over 30 pints. We were rocking the pineapple, mango, and pineapple & mango salsa batches. Of course, the freshness of the pico de gallo salsa can not go unnoticed.

It was a great season for the garden. Lots of early summer rain and not too many hot days. Looking back, I would probably avoid the mega tomatoes and the flavor bursts (they were smaller than the bell peppers). The large red cherries overtook the garden, literally over 8-feet tall. The Rutgers were pretty tall as well, so I might need to do some re-arranging.

I had some early season bottom-rot on the tomatoes, which I learned that I needed more calcium in the garden. A few egg shells at the base of the plants resolved that pretty quickly. Other than that, the garden pretty much took care of itself. Occasional watering and grooming and we had a record year. And the salsa was delicious.

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Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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