Barry Fugatt: Tomato plants, okra seeds to be given divided during garden class

April 8, 2017 - garden totes

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Wild Currant Tomato is an ancient forerunner of complicated tomatoes. The fuzzy plant is lonesome with little splendid red fruit. BARRY FUGATT/for a Tulsa World 




Posted: Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 12:00 am

Barry Fugatt: Tomato plants, okra seeds to be given divided during garden class

By Barry Fugatt
Garden World

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Tommy Clarkson, a good crony and late Army colonel, has incited his passion for troops use into a tellurian hunt for new and intriguing plants for his private botanical garden unaware a Pacific Ocean nearby Manzanilla, Mexico.

Tommy speckled a genuine gem during a plant-hunting incursion into a Sierra Madre Mountains in a southern partial of Mexico. The plant was a increasingly singular Wild Currant Tomato: Lycopersion pimpinellifolium, an ancient forerunner of complicated tomatoes. The fuzzy plant was lonesome with little splendid red fruit, that Tommy described as tasting honeyed with spicy undertones.

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    Wild Currant Tomato initial held a eye of Spanish explorers in a 1500s. Seeds were shipped to Europe, where they eventually became an critical genetic member of tomatoes we suffer today.

    I find it quite engaging that Carl Linnaeus, a eminent Swedish botanist of a 18th century and a namesake of a Linnaeus Teaching Garden in Woodward Park, initial described a Wild Currant Tomato in botanical papers in 1763. And now, interjection to Tommy, a ancient tomato will have a home in a Linnaeus Garden in Tulsa.

    Good news! While we have usually a singular series of Wild Currant Tomato plants (35 total), we would like to share them with a initial 35 gardeners who enroll in a arriving class, “Growing Cool and Warm Season Vegetables,” sponsored by a Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave., from 10 a.m. to noon Apr 15.

    John Kirschenbaum, unfeeling prolongation manager with attention hulk Pan American Seed out of Chicago, will learn a class. Having listened Josh lecture, we can assure readers that he is a genuine understanding when it comes to home veggie gardening. You’ll leave his harangue armed and prepared to successfully grow all from asparagus to zucchini.

    More good news.

    This past June, during a 10th anniversary jubilee of a Linnaeus Garden, we struck adult a review with a Cajun lady from south Louisiana, my aged stomping grounds. Long story short, his family, dating behind to a late 1800s, has grown a singular brush okra (semi-dwarf variety), that he described as “beautiful and delicious.”

    Several weeks later, we perceived a dozen tiny seeds in a mail, that we soon planted. And by September, we was harvesting, grilling, sautéing and frying some of a excellent okra I’ve ever grown. The aged Cajun was revelation it straight. The okra was delicious, and a fuzzy plants were beautiful.

    I have 50 seed packets of this heirloom Cajun brush okra that we also would like to share with gardeners who attend a veggie class. And that’s not all. we also have 100 pleasing garden receptacle bags, any containing some-more seeds, a plant catalog and an organic manure parcel to share with attendees. These colorful bags are ideal for carrying tiny plants, gloves, seeds, palm pruners, etc.

    Enroll in a veggie category by job a Tulsa Garden Center during 918-576-5155. Cost is $5, and pre-enrollment is encouraged.

    Barry Fugatt is executive of horticulture during a Tulsa Garden Center/Linnaeus Teaching Garden. He can be reached during 918.576.5152, email: bfugatt@tulsagardencenter.com

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