Got the tomatoes planted this weekend :)

mjhuntingtonbeachMay 8, 2013

Although I am in Southern California, being close to the ocean, the weather here doesn't really start warming up with sunny warm days and nights above the low/mid 50's until mid May so I target this time to plant. Also, I don't have the acreage to plant all I would normally like, so this year I will have six plants in pots, and another two in the ground along the wall, plus two orphans I need to find a good home or extra pots for :)

The mix this year will be:

1.My red ribbed cherry;
2.Kazachka, a black cherry;
3.Green Zebra striped cherry;
4.Joe's Pink Oxheart, and,
5.An unknown golfball sized black salad tomato, grown from seeds I got at a farmer's market about 8 years ago

Carolyn was kind enough to share some seeds for the Kazachka black cherry, the Green Zebra cherry, and the Joe's Pink Oxheart in exchange for my red cherry seeds. I am looking forward to seeing how they turn out, they sound great. The red ribbed cherry I have grown via saved seeds since I found it in the early 90's, and the black salad tomato, whatever it is, I have saved from seed for at least 6-8 years.

The gang pre-planting on Saturday:

My Joe's Pink Oxheart, :)


Two along the wall:

6 in my big pots. They usually do pretty well here, by the time they hit their peak they are usually around 5-8 feet tall.

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wertach zone 7-B SC

"Although I am in Southern California, being close to the ocean, the weather here doesn't really start warming up with sunny warm days and nights above the low/mid 50's until mid May"

You must have a micro climate and not actually 10b? I'm in SC, 7b and normally we are above 50's in mid April. Funky weather and a lot of rain has kept it cooler this year though.

The toms that I put in my homemade "earth buckets" early March are already blooming and growing like crazy. My in ground toms are kinda sitting there. Due to the rain and cool nights.

Great looking toms! I have a quarter that I'm willing to bet that the potted ones produce first!

I had ripe ones in May last year but I babied them and planted earlier. I would bring them inside at night when the temps were going to be near or below 50.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 2:09PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

everything looks really great.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 4:04PM
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I planted mine/yours in the ground this weekend too! Great
minds run alike.

All that recent rain we got and the fact that I'm leaving for
two weeks in Hawaii next week got me going. Figured they'd be in
the ground for a week before I leave. They're doing fine
so far.

I've a great neighbor who'll take care of the garden while
I'm gone.

Temps here have been up and down, but we're usually
above the magic 55 degree point at night. Forecast looks
quite good for the next week, both days and nights.

Already have a few fruit on some of the plants I put in
the ground a month ago.

Here's hopin!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 7:06PM
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How long ago did you start the seeds?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 10:48PM
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wertach - there are numerous micro-climates in the LA area.

Sunset Magazine lists 7 different ones. Mike in Huntington Beach (Sunset zone 24) is very different than mine in Glendora (Sunset zone 21) which is about 25 miles north
of him.

While the USDA lumps us all together, you can't really go by their map here in LA.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 12:28AM
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carolyn137(z4/5 NY)

Looking good Mike and I hope it means that you got decent germination with the seeds I sent you as thanks for your red ribbed one you sent me, which is being grown in NC for seed production for all the many ways that I do share seeds with others. ( smile)


    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 8:02AM
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