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The Founder and the Owner of Tatiana's TOMATObase
- Seed Saving
- actively saving heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable seeds since 2003, a listing Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) member since 2006 and Seeds of Diversity member since 2010.
- tatianak.garden at gmail.com
- Main interests
- Tomatoes (Click here to view the list of Tatiana's Tomatoes)
- Winter Squash
- Melons and Watermelons
- Classical Piano
An article about us in Tri-City News (July 12, 2011)
- Gardener promotes heritage seeds by Todd Coyne.
- Click here to view Tatiana's Tomatoes
- Click here to view Tatiana's Garlic
- Click here to view Tatiana's Watermelons grown in PNW
- Click here to view Tatiana's Melons grown in PNW
- Tatiana's Picasa Web Albums
- Click here to see how Tatiana's Garden was created in 26 days.
- Click here to see more pictures.
We grow all our vegetables organically, using kitchen compost and composted horse manure to amend the soil in spring, and liquid seaweed, fish fertilizer and molasses as additional feed throughout a growing season. After the harvest, potato and garlic beds are planted with buckwheat for "green manure," and leave it in the field to be killed by frost. The melons, peppers, and tomatoes are harvested much later, so we plant winter rye in early to mid October, after removing the plants. Winter rye grows through the winter months and it is ready to be cut in April to early May, just in time to plant the new tomato and pepper crops!
Since 2013, we started to add alfalfa meal to vegetable beds instead of fish fertilizer, and the results were so impressive. Alfalfa meal is a great natural fertilizer and soil enhancer, and if added in larger quantities along with other organic amendments like compost, straw, and coffee grinds, it also helps to warm up the soil significantly in early spring, allowing us to set out plants about 2 weeks earlier.
We grow most of my tomatoes under plastic cover, to protect from foliage diseases that usually come after rain. We do not use any fungicides or pesticides in the garden.
Peppers and melons are grown in non-heated greenhouses, since the Pacific Northwest summers are usually not hot enough to ripen the fruit before the frost. This also allows us to set out transplants earlier in spring, extending the growing season significantly.
Our garden backs onto wilderness, and deer visit regularly to forage; occasionally we see black bears. We tried a variety of deer repellents and netting to control deer and bear damage, and found they did not work well, so we installed a high-voltage electric fence around the garden area. This effectively stopped both deer and bear "attacks."
2014 Tomato Growout
2014 Pepper Growout
2014 Squash Growout
5 squash varieties.
|Family||Seed source||Description||History||Year grown||Size||Fruit Color||Country|
|Blue Hubbard||C. maxima||Pinetree Seeds 08||* Very old New England heirloom, introduced by Gregory Seed Company in 1909.||2014||medium||gray
|Japs||C. moschata||Jeannine Chalmers, Coquitlam, BC 10 / from Australia||Very virogous vines with large leaves. Late fruit set. ...||* From Australia?||2013(crop failure)
|Kakai Hulless||C. maxima||Jeannine Chalmers, Coquitlam, BC, Canada 12 / West Coast Seeds||Medium-small, 3-5 lb., black-striped pumpkins with large, dark green, completely hull-less seeds, which are absolutely delicious roasted. Semi-bush, short-vine plants. Average yield is 2-3 fruits/plant.||* An Austrian type that yields the valuable green pumpkin seed oil.||2014||small||orange||USA|
|Thai Large||C. moschata||Jeannine Chalmers, Coquitlam, BC, Canada 12 / West Coast Seeds 07||Black colored winter squash that turns tan in storage. Fruit are flattened, ribbed and have a textured, knobby skin. Flesh is yellow/orange and thick, with delicious sweet flavor. 5-8 lbs. Great for baking and soups.||* This variety originated in Thailand where is it known as fuktong.
|Zolotaya Grusha||C. maxima||Valeriy Popenko, Semei, Kazakhstan 11 / CV Russkiy Ogorod 10||Very early, 95 days from sprouts. Each vine bears 2-3 fruits 3-4 lbs in weight. Fruits are bright orange, shaped like a droplet. Firm sweet flesh with some nutty flavor. Perfect for soups, baking, pies. Keeps well until spring.||* Russian commercial variety.||2014||medium||orange||Russia|
2014 Melon Growout
2014 Watermelon Growout
2014 Lettuce Growout
21 lettuce varieties.
|Type||Leaf Color||Seed source||Description||History||Year grown||Variety type||Country|
|Brown Dutch Winter||butterhead||pinkish-green||Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 07 / Fredrick Sullivan of Maumee, Ohio (OH SU F) 01||Butterhead type, dark seeds, large loose heads, pale green leaves with brown margins, very cold tolerant, can overwinter in Zone 4.||* Grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, this variety was noted as early as 1731 by English botanist Stephan Switzer.
|Cherokee (Lettuce)||batavian||red||Johnny's Selected Seeds 11||Beige seed. Thick, crisp, very dark and strikingly beautiful red leaves with lighter greenish tinge inside. Very good flavor. Very slow bolting with excellent tolerance to heat and bottom rot.||* ?
|Crispino||crisphead||West Coast Seeds 11||Crisphead variety that was bred for commercial growers. Tight heads are medium size and vibrant green. Slow bolting. Beige seeds.||* ?
|Flame (Lettuce)||leaf||red||Heirloom Seeds 11||Loose leaf variety with intensely red and frilly leaves. Early maturing. Slow bolting. Beige seeds.||* According to Seed Savers Exchange seed catalog, it was introduced to in 1988 by CV Harris Moran Seed Company.||2014||commercial
|Kagraner Sommer||butterhead||green||Heirloom Seeds 11||Butterhead variety and tender crinkled green leaves. Very good resistance to heat and bolting makes it a great lettuce for growing in summer. Dark seeds.||* Heirloom variety.
|Landis Winter||butterhead||green||Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) / Terroir Seeds 01||Beautiful butterhead type with green leaves and compact heads. Great taste! Excellent for a fall and winter crops as it is very hardy. We recommend to grow it in the second part of summer, so it does not bolt easily. White seeds.||* Pennsylvania Dutch tennis ball type.||2008
|Mascara||oak leaf||red||Heirloom Seeds 11||Red oak leaf lettuce. Tender and sweet leaves, perfect for baby leaf salads. Slow to bolt. Dark seeds.||* ?
|Merveille des Quatre Saisons||butterhead||red||Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 10||Very large butterhead lettuce. Tender magenta-colored leaves will turn yellow-green inside the head where they are self-blanched. Excellent flavor and striking beauty. Beige seeds.||* A very old, pre-1885, French heirloom.
|Odesskiy Kucheryavets||leaf||green||CV Svityaz' 12||Beautiful green leaf lettuce with light yellowish-green crispy leaves. Perfect as a baby lettuce, or you can let it mature to a larger head before harvesting. Grey seeds. Leaves are not bitter even when it starts bolting, so it is a very good variety for hotter climates.||* From Ukraine.
|Red Boston||romaine||red||Heirloom Seeds 11||Very large and beautiful purple-red romaine lettuce with crumpled leaves. Leaves inside the head are light glossy green with a rose-red tinge along the edges. Delicious taste.||* ?||2014||heirloom
|Red Cash||romaine||red||West Coast Seeds 12||Beautiful romaine lettuce with very dark purple leaves and partially open head. The darkest we ever grew. Beige seeds. So striking, it belongs to a flowers bed! And it is slow bolting too.||* ?
|Red Rosie||romaine||red||Johnny's Selected Seeds 11||The most beautiful red romaine lettuce we grew. Erect bright purple leaves with striking coloration. Majestic appearance and great taste. Beige seeds.||* ?
|Rubin (Lettuce)||leaf||red||Heirloom Seeds 11||Ruby red leaves are frilled, crinkled, and tender, making it a really beautiful loose leaf lettuce. Excellent sweet taste. Great for baby leaf salads in early spring. Quite early and grows fast. Beige seeds.||* Originally from Switzerland.
|Ruby||leaf||red||Heirloom Seeds 11||Same as Rubin? Beige seeds.||* ?
|Verde Ricciolina||leaf||green||CV Arche Noah 11||Beautiful green leaf lettuce with blond leaves and frilly edges. 'Cut and come again', or you can grow it for a large head. It is very early and grows very fast.||* SAO39. Italian origin. The name means 'curly' in Italian.||2014||open-pollinated||Italy|
|White Boston||butterhead||green||Heirloom Seeds 11||Medium-firm round butterhead lettuce 12" in diameter, light green in color. Delicious buttery yellow hearts.||* Very old heirloom variety, over 100 year old.
|Yugoslavian Red||butterhead||red||Seed Savers Exchange 11||Beautiful and very decorative butterhead lettuce with large, full heads, up to 1' in diameter. Leaves are deeply puckered and tinged with pomegranate red. Soft and delicious.||* Heirloom. Saved by a peasant family in Marburg, Yugoslavia.||2014||heirloom
2013 Tomato Growout
2013 Pepper Growout
2013 Squash Growout
- (C. pepo) Melonette Jaspee De Vendee
- (C. maxima) Lakota, Amazonka, Sweet Meat (Squash)
- (C. moschata) Black Futtsu, Japs
- (C. mixta) Tennessee Sweet
- Summer squash: Grey Zucchini
2013 Melon Growout
2013 Watermelon Growout
- Astrakhanski - crop failure, no seeds left
- Milky Way
- Kleckley's Sweet
- Marmeladnyi Watermelon
- Tendersweet Orange
2013 Lettuce Growout
- Romaine: Freckles, Plato II
- Leaf: Kupusnjara Salata, Lolita, New Red Fire, Rossa D'Amerique, Zluty Kaderavy
- Butterhead: Moskovskiy Parnikovyi, Guldrottningen, Saint Anne's Slow Bolting
- Oakleaf: Red Oak Leaf, Oak Leaf
|Type||Leaf Color||Seed source||Description||History||Year grown||Variety type||Country|
|1. Veseys Seeds 05 (no seeds left)
||Romaine lettuce with delicate green leaves flecked with wine-red splotches. Texture and flavor of a butterhead lettuce. Gray seeds.||* ?||2011 (1 - crop failure
no more seeds)
|Guldrottningen||butterhead||green||Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 09||Green-leafed head lettuce with very compact heads. Very nice flavor. It is so cute! Light gray seed.||* ?
|Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 07 / AZ AR N 02||Stunningly beautiful pale green leaves with red/brown tint. Leaves redden in colder weather and get a little bit more 'ruffled' as heads mature. Dark seeds.||* Seeds were collected in Croatia.||2008
|Lolita||leaf||red||Heirloom Seeds 10||Very dark red leaf lettuce, absolutely stunning in appearance and so tasty! Grey seed.||* ?||2013||commercial
|Mercury||leaf||red||Veseys Seeds 05||White seeds.||* ?||2006
|Moskovskiy Parnikovyi||butterhead||yellow-green||Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 09 / Andrey Baranovski of Minsk, Belarus (BELR BA A)||Heading variety of lettuce with pale green tender leaves, best for the fall or overwintering in a greenhouse for an early spring crop. Wonderful flavor. Black seed. It also grows very well indoors.||* Old Russian commercial variety. Bred in the early 1950s by VNIISSOK.
|New Red Fire||leaf||red||Pinetree Seeds 08||Beautiful red leaf lettuce with ruffled purple leaves with lighter core. Slow bolting. Light gray seed. Excellent flavor.||* ?
|Oak Leaf||oak leaf||green||CV||Light gray seed. Compact and beautiful tight green heads with oak leaves. Slow bolting and hold their shape very well, even in warmer weather. Tender and somewhat crunchy, great taste.||* Very old variety, introduced in the 1770s.||2013||heirloom
|Plato II||romaine||green||Pinetree Seeds 08||Romaine lettuce with dark green leaves with slightly savoyed texture. Crisp and mild delicious flavor. Black seed. Slow bolting.||* ?||2013||commercial
|Red Oak Leaf||oak leaf||red||Pinetree Seeds 05||Dark seeds. Red oak leaf lettuce that it is very slow to bolt. The leaves are very beautiful in salads, tender and sweet.||* Introduced in 1771 by the French company Vilmorin.||2005
|Saint Anne's Slow Bolting||butterhead||green||Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 07 / Terroir Seeds 98||Dark seeds. Pale green butterhead lettuce, very slow bolting, very nice texture and flavor. A beauty.||* ?||2007
|Tatiana's Lettuce Mix||Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds||This is a mix of many beautiful and tasty heirloom lettuces, grown in Tatiana's garden. We love the multicolored mix and grow it every year, both in the open ground and container, sprinkling seeds around and letting them grow to baby leaf stage for an early spring lettuce salad.||* Lettuce seed mix created by Tatiana's TOMATObase Seeds for customers who like to sample heirloom lettuce diversity.||2013||open-pollinated||Canada|
|Zluty Kaderavy||leaf||green||Jeff Fleming of Augusta, Michigan (MI FL J) 09 / Seed Savers Heritage Farm, Decorah, Iowa (IA SSE HF) / IPK||Beautiful yellowish-green lettuce with compact head and rounded leaves that form a dense rosette. Wonderful flavor. Light gray seed. Very rare.||* Originated in Eastern Europe.
2012 Tomato Growouts
- Tatiana's 2012 Tomato garden progress report is posted at
2012 Pepper Growout
|Type||Red :||Yellow/Orange :||Purple / White / Brown :|
|Sweet Kapiya / non-bell type|
|Sweet Kamba (cheese) type:||
2012 Squash Growout
- C.maxima: Valenciano, Babay, Amazonka
- C.moschata: Gramma Trombone, Yokohama, Abobora Menina Rajada Seca
- C.pepo (winter): Khutoryanka
- C.pepo (summer): Black Zucchini
2012 Lettuce Growout
- Butterhead: Bronze Mignonette, Speckled Butterhead, Red Butterworth, Grosse Brune Paresseuse
- Romaine: Jericho, Sweet Valentine
- Leaf: Prizehead, Grunetta
- Oak leaf: Bughatti, Galisse
- Batavian: Merlot, Red Velvet
2012 Cucumber Growout
2012 Germination Failures / Lost Seeds
- Peppers: Odessa Market (found seeds), Ivolga, Yellow Cheese
- Tomatoes: Detskij Sladkij (found seeds), Maya, Rouge Du Chexbres, Sladkoezhka (found seeds), Podsnezhnik (found seeds), Rannij Gruntowyj, German Gold, Japanese, Sabre, Debbie Blackburn, Out Of The Blue, Helsing Junction Blues (found seeds), Maryushka
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