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26 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, August 21 - Thursday, August 23, 2007 .. GiXl)EN & FARM Hundreds see red at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Georgia Leonhart photos " Historic Lewes Farmers Market volunteers (l-r) Mary Conte, Helaine Harris and Linda Gaskill display some of the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes available for hundreds of guests to taste during the morning celebration. By Georgia Leonhart Cape Gazette staff Hundreds of people visiting the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Saturday, Aug. t 1., saw red, pink, yellow and purple -' tomatoes at the market's first annual Tomato Festival. Mayor Jim Ford and council members Barbara Vaughan and Victor Letonoff arrived early to open the market and start the festi- val with the tinging of the bell at the Lewes Historical Society complex at Shipcarpenter Street. "We had tons of people here to- day," said Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) board President Helaine Harris , standing behind the tomato tasting tables where samples of more than 20 different types of heirloom tomatoes were being offered. "All morning peo- ple have been tasting and saying they never knew tomatoes could taste so different." The public's favorite tomato was the large Cherokee Purple tomato grown by Jay Miller at Provident Farm in Bivalve, Md. Coming in for a close second were the small pink Rose Quartz toma- toes grown by Hattie Alien at Hat- tie's Garden in Lewes. Allen said she discovered her popular pick while testing differ- ent tomatoes to see which grew well in the Lewes soil and envi- ronment. Miller started growing heirloom tomatoes for restaurant chefs who wanted particular tastes for their gourmet creations. He said the Brandywine tomato had been the most popular, but the Cherokee Purple has taken its spot. Two oth- er favorite varieties are the Green Zebra and Hillbilly tomatoes, Miller added. Chef Mark Steele of Cafe Azafran in Lewes said he prefers i to use a variety of four or five dif ferent heirloom tomatoes in hi'fi recipes to obtai n a unique, crisper taste. Steele joined chef and: Continued on page 27 August pruning means October blooms Tea was once so exotic and ex- pensive that tea chests commonly had locks and keys. So when gar- deners found roses whose scent resembled the exotic black tea of China those roses were named "tea roses." These teas are repeat-flowering roses and come in a wide range of pastel shades of white, pink and yellow. Their petals often roll back at the edges, resulting in a petal with a pointed tip. When these tea roses were crossed with various Bourbons and Noisette roses, the result was the modem "hybrid tea" rose. Hybrid teas usually produce on- ly one blossom at the end of the stem, rather than clusters of flow- ers.:The long, strong stems make hybrid teas great cut flowers. Almost all hybrid teas are repeat bloomers right up until frost. They grow with an open rather than bushy habit. Two of the easiest-to-grow Hy- brid tea roses are "Mr. Lincoln," a large, velvet-red rose with some of the most fragrant hybrid blooms in the garden, and "Midas Touch," a double yellow hybrid tea that grows well in any climate and is very disease resistant. GARDEN JOURNAL your hybrid tea roses to keep the" flowers coming. To protect your-" self, wear strong canvas or leather gloves and a 10ng-s!eeved shirt. Disinfect your tools by dipping them in a mild solution of 6hlorine bleach and water. If your hybrid tea roses have grown tall,,begin by topping them down to about three feet in height. Cut away any "suckers." Sac.kers are canes which spring from the rootstock, rather than from above the bud union. Suckers should be cut down to their point of origin below ground. August is a good time to prune You might also want to scratch Pictured above is the "Midas Touch," a double yellow Hybridtea that grows well in any cli- mate and iS very disease resistant. in some good organic fertilizer and magnesium sulphate, also called Epsom salt. Epsom salt is believed to bring out the fragrance and color of hybrid tea roses. Scratch in about a quarter cup per plant and water well. A good soaking of water every week" will summer. August is also a good time to - continue feeding your roses with well-rotted manure or .compost. You can also spray seaweed emul- sion onto the leaves, best done in late afternoon, every two to three weeks. This seaweed solution not help.roseg get tough e,rest Of 9nly, g(Ve.s the hybrid tes is9me trace elements but raises the pH of the leaf surface which improves disease resistance. With some August pruning and fertilizing your hybrid tea roses should bloom well into October. Send questions or comments to Paul Barbano c/o the Cape Gazette .................