A great year for tomatoes

oldroser(z5)August 31, 2006

So far I 've picked 32 pounds and some are just starting to ripen. How did your crop make out?

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hedwarr(z5)

I have too many toms to handle! Hundreds of cherrys. Alot of my main crop is still ripening though. Keeping my fingers crossed. I picked a bunch of brandywines, mortgage lifters carbon, and Kellog's though. Some splitting due to heavy rains.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 7:40AM
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lindz5(z5NY)

Alot of splitting of the tomatoes this year, especially the cherries. I grow all heirloom varieties. I have such a belly ache from eating all the delicious tomatoes, can't we have these varieties all through the winter???

    Bookmark   September 2, 2006 at 8:38PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

I'm jealous! How did you all do it? I harvested a bumper crop last year, but only about a dozen tomatoes this season from two plants (Brandywine and Green Zebra). Maybe five pounds total. Between the cold, and the rain, and the heat, they only had a few decent weeks of growing weather ... and that wasn't enough for much of a harvest!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2006 at 12:19PM
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linnea2(z5 NY)

I have four plants of grape tomatoes, several hundred and delicious, but,
my business is in peak season and we didn't get to them til today.
Over 2/3 of them are compost at this point, we're trying to eat the rest.

Is there a way to avoid the splitting? Once these get a small crack,
they have to be picked immediately or they get eaten and rot within a day.
There always seems to be heavy rains in tomato-ripening time.
There are over a hundred left still green or just reddening.
I've pruned off the flowers that haven't fruited yet.
Just be there at the right moment?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2006 at 11:18PM
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oldroser(z5)

Best to pick them as soon as they start turning color and let them ripen indoors for a few days.
Now that things have dried out, this problem should be solving itself. I notice that my Sungolds are no longer crackig. Of course, with the temperatures in the 30's this morning, the season may not last all that much longer but.....

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 6:59AM
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susanzone5(z5NY)

I had crummy production this year...low yields. I've never had it so bad. The difference may be the weather, but maybe it was the fact that I interplanted some annuals in the bare spaces in early June, because I was going on vacation. I transplanted most of them out when I returned, but the ones that remained seem to be negatively affecting the tomatoes' growth.

My cherries always crack, so I've been picking them early when a rain is expected. I usually have thousands of them, but this year, with low yield, each fruit is a treasure.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2006 at 1:55PM
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