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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Pappenfus Putzes

Greg Pappenfus tends the heirloom tomatoes that his great-grandparents brought over from Germany.

"Grandma always told us, 'I hope you keep the Pappenfus tomato going,'" he said. And so he has, although he admits to certain years of feeling overwhelmed. "They take a lot of putzing." The strain is so old that it lacks resistance to bugs and diseases, so the plants need to be dusted with a fungicide and hand-watered to keep the leaves dry.
Digging a rather oblong hole, they laid about two-thirds of the plant horizontally in the ground. "The roots always had to point south."

Why?

He shrugged. "Because they always did."

Even more putzing. [Link]

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