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Your Tomato Pics- 2014

Posted by seysonn 7b WA/HZ 1 (My Page) on
Tue, May 6, 14 at 7:43

We often do a lot of talking, asking questions, complaining about pests, diseases, insects, ..., trying to help another fellow member by making comments. But how about just sowing some pictures of your plants, garden, et cetera ?

A new growing season is upon us. Some of you in CALI , Florida, way down south are close to harvest. Some of us have just planted out and still a lot of members up North, Northeast are struggling with cold. But springs and summers ALWAYS come.
So let us show some pictures, instead of talking. I will start myself. I just found my old Photobucket account, U/N, P/W and down loaded some pictures to be uploaded here. Lets see if it works.

(1) Probably cherokee Purple
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(2) Sungold ....the tag says
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(3) Silvery Fir Tree .... my favorite so far
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(4) Radiator Charlie Mortgage Lifter
I bought it as a 6" plant about 3 weeks ago. It has already doubled in height
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GREAT > It worked.

This post was edited by seysonn on Tue, May 6, 14 at 7:57


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These are some of my friend's in SoCal. She is using just 3.5 gallon pots, but the little guys are pushing out fruit.

Ping pong ball for scale.


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Your garden looks great, seysonn. Neat, and healthy.

You've seen mine, but left to right Super Sweet 100, Reisentraube, and Early Girl.

The outer two are setting fair fruit, but the Reisentraube doesn't seem to like it here (or yet).


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I'm running out of room in the house, have some plants started March 29 in 3.5" pots already, others just moved to individual cells in 6-packs (germinated multiples per cell). Only a few (not doing well, see other thread, I thought repotting might help) started April 6 have been separated but it's past time. Putting some of the leggier ones in 3.5" pots today.

They'll have to stay in the house tonight (low of 37 expected early AM) but I hope to start hardening them off (bringing into garage at night the first few nights) this week. Looks like it may be possible to plant out around normal Mem. Day time but will have to keep an eye on the forecast.

One shelf out of 10 (2 other shelves of peppers) - Black Krim start 3/29 in 3.5" pots, others started 4/6 still in original cells - will separate those this week and pamper them a bit before hardening off.


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John, .. You are are doin fine. Already harvesting. It wont happen here till late June. As seen in my pictures , few have flowers. Hopefully they will turn into fruits.

ajsmam,
Glad to see your seedlings are coming along nicely. When will you be able to plant out ? In Southern Fairfield County they had a tradition of go ahead n plant after Mothers Day. I think further inland, to the north, there will be some difference. I remember, that Danbury, not to far away from the sound had different climate than say Norwalk, Westport

As I said in another post, Don't doubt spring and summer, they will always come.
Happy Gardening.


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Well seysonn, it's the California trade-off. I have good weather, but only about 30 square feet! I see rows of tomatoes and think "imagine that!"


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It took 10 weeks in the ground to get these "50 day" tomatoes.


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I'm one of the north suckers. :D The white spots you is just baking soda spray that's dried up.


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and here are my 3 months old plants. Black Sea Man tomatoes in the large pot


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Crappy phone camera, but here goes:

Black Cherry (left) and Sungold (right) grown in the ground:

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Celebrity in a container made from a broken shop vacuum:

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Left to right: Lemon Boy, Indigo Rose and Patio:

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Early Girl and Large Red Cherry (and cucumber and pepper). Thinking about moving at least one of them because of the grape vine foliage getting too dense.

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Husky Red Cherry + Celebrity:

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Not tomatoes, but cucumbers in containers under a trellis built around a unused pool slide:

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The challenges with this yard are: 1) too much shade from surrounding trees (not all ours) and 2) a lot of the space is taken up by a pool and a concrete area. So, I am experimenting with different growing methods at different areas.


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  • Posted by ZachS z5 Littleton, CO (My Page) on
    Tue, May 6, 14 at 18:49

Everyone's 'maters are looking great! Too bad GW has deemed my photos "too big" to post.


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Not sure how well it is going to show up in the pic. Here is a pic of my biggest producer so far. Black Prince is going insane setting fruits. I stopped counting at a dozen. Others are catching up to that though.


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Here is a pic of the jungle growing in my back yard.


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Here are mine. Still inside! (LOL)

Linda


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Great picture Linda. Did they climb up there themselves?


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Thanks John (G)

Yes, they climbed up by themselves because they are SO desperate to get outside, and they won't believe me when I tell them how cold it gets overnight here!

Linda


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I hope Linda's babies get out SOON. Spring is here and the old winter has no choice but to pack and leave. haha
But in CALI and TEXAS I see some colors other than green. That is good. Push the warm aire ou way , guys!

Our weather in PNW is spring - like. lingering from lows of 43 to highs to 62F. We might get a bubble now and then but still it is on the COOL side. I think , being out there for over a month, my plants should've figured it out that this is it, got to live with it. :D


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Don't laugh at my photos lol, but I had a rough start this year with several mishaps and now starting from this. And also had to improvize my methods The best phrase to say is that "I messed up seed starting with wrong mixes and wrong size cups ect...."

In the photo which is my new start are Rampo's in pellets, along with 3 Black Krims and 5 Black Cherry's (they are to the right but not visible in the photo). The photo below is 1 ramapo that went in to good mix and the other an early girl that I bought from a hardware store. I plan on buying more seedlings soon if worse comes to worse. I may even take a drive to CC Nursary

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Hi Mr. Beno ,

Sorry for the mishaps.

I think it is a good idea to buy more plants from nurseries, not to miss the early start in the season. Surprisingly, lately they sell a lot good heirloom and hybrids in the BBSs. I bough 3 myself: STUPICE, RC MORTGAGE LIFTER and JAPANESE TRIFEL BLACK.
They have a lot of good selection but I don't have the space.

Hope thinks work out well for you from now on.


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I am growing my shop-bought tomatoes (SunGold,Ferline,Shirley,Black Cherries) in cointeiners in south fancing conservatory. Also as a joke- i am "tomato newbie"- i started 15 pots (Valencia,Cuore di Bue,San Marzano) and i have 99% germination rate :-)


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I saw this Cherokee Purple grafted tomato plant at a nursery yesterday and couldn't resist buying it! I love Cherokee Purple tomatoes and have been interested in trying grafted plants to see how they compare. The rest of our plants are off to a good start - this is a fun time of year!

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  • Posted by yolos 8A - GA (My Page) on
    Sat, May 10, 14 at 21:54

My tomato bed. Transplanted 5/3/14. This is about a month later than I normally plant. But every year my tomatoes get one disease or another and eventually succumb in mid summer. This year I am trying to eliminate as much stress on the plants as possible so I waited until the low temps were projected to be above 50*F. Eleven different varieties trying to see which plant lives the longest.


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Everybody is doing great. Good luck to all.

Hudson, even growing such tomatoes, this early in greenhouse is a great accomplishment in WY.

In my case, I just had to find a way to deal with VERY COOL and long spring weather. Even some 35 days after plant out, tonight's low will be 43F. But help is on the way. Next week will be in 70s and low 80s. So I hope the worst is over for us here in PNW.

Next week I will take some fresh pictures.


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It's May in Florida and we've been harvesting tomatos....(and spraying fungicide)...

SunGold and Sweet 100 cherry tomatos

Dixie Gold and Black Krim for color and taste

and here's Tomande.....a regular in our garden......

dougandpam


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Ok here is one of the Bush Goliath. This started as one of the large transplants in the cage basket container. After my wife left it on the picnic table the 45 mph wind knocked it over, rolled it for quite a ways. It lost a good bit of roots. So I deep planted it with 4 inches of the stem in the ground. A hail storm knocked off a lot of set fruit. Now it has recovered quite well. You can see some fruit sticking out. There is way more than that hidden inside. I counted 8 more inside of it this morning.


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This picture is from me picking up spares incase the others don't worked out. I never understood the Kung Foo cup holder from Saab but it worked out well today. The other one was in the center console next to my gear shifter lol... Rush hour sucked trying not to knock the plant while shifting..... What a season for me so far lol

But the 2 that I posted before are doing well and almost ready to be planted..... I will post my otherphotos of the seedlings that I tried to germinate soon. But I think I got about 5 now with a few more to come.

- Mr beno

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Alright Mr. Beno.That tomato got the ride of its life time, in the Saab.hehe.
Hurry up and plant out that baby along with your other plants. Is it warm enough back there yet ?. Surprisingly today we had a summer-like weather ; high around 85F. Tomorrow will be even better but as of saturday mercury is doing to go south, like 62F. That is for high. But my tomatoes are doing fine. I measured them today. Some of them are close to 20" tall . Bloody butcher is setting fruits.

But nothing, nowhere close to yours, Centex. You beat us by months.
Well , I am so glad that little by little even our Yankee friend are planting out.

Have a productive season, all across the land from ocean to ocean !


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Heres mine.1 in front is a red beefsteak and the rest are big beef and parks whopper.Goliath is all the way in the back corner.
Planted march 6th here in NW florida.Counted up green ones and they are averaging about 75 tomatoes per plant right now on the back plants,The front plants were planted at the end of march around april fools day and are a little smaller.


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Seysonn,

3 of them are planted to start, I put a red dot to show you the ones that were today. It was perfect temps and they were hardened off. In another 2-4 weeks I will do the rest. I also in the backround are the overwintered peppers which are coming around.

But thte goal this year is to plant the maters in the 9 20- gal bags and a few in the dirt! It was a rought start but making it through!

Greastest of Luck To all of you :)


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Here's mine as of May 18, 2014.

They are all Beefsteak.
NAR, Crustolee, Red Brandywine, Another type Brandywine, Kellogs Breakfast, Green Giant, Hillbilly, Black Krim, and some I forget, will hafta checks tags.

They have fruit on them about the size of "Flattened Golf Balls"~~~see next post

Gary


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Here's the maters on them.

Kind of amazing as we had "Santa Ana Winds", 50 mph gusts and temps well over 100F

Gary


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I am kind of late to the chat, but wanted to show my little babies too. I am in west/central GA and the weather has been a bit odd of late. We had a few days where the temp was barely 50 and now back up to over 85. The picture is on my little garden at home (yes its in the front yard.) We have Rebel Yell, Black from Tula, Belarus Orange and Homestead in this garden. I have a 1 acre garden I share with my brother, out in the country,I will try to take pics next time I am out there. (Thats my husband in the picture for size comparison, he is 6 ft tall)


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Welcome to the chat, Missy.
Your plants are real nice and big. The tallest of mine is about 24". (bloody Butcher, sungols, Mortgage Lifter ..) The BB have goe though one set of flower cluster. I hope to see some tiny fruits soon.

I took this picture just today.


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Few more pic. taken yesterday;

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Silvery Fir Tree
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Co planted some lettuce
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So far so good, considering that traditional plant out here is Mothers Day. But I did it 6 weeks early.


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Great pictures, everyone!

My super sweet 100 continues to amaze.

It only remains to be seen if things ripen in June Gloom.


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My tomatoes are way behind schedule due to late cold snaps here in south-central Texas. Finally have some Stupice ripening up - not the tastiest variety, but I'm gonna enjoy every one! It will be at least a week before anything else is ready.....


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super, John an melonhedd.

John, that cherry is loaded.
Meelonhedd, my Stupice is in full blood. I am counting days to see a tiny green tomato. Any day now. Probably my Bloody Butchers will be the first.

No need to wish you guys good luck. You've already got it.

EDIT:
melonhedd, I noticed one of your tomatoes pecked, maybe by a bird ? I leave some water under/near the plants for birds, this way they drink the water and won't peck the maters.

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Everyone's tomatoes are looking great. I am growing Black Krim, Sunny Boy, Mortgage Lifter, Steakhouse Hybrid, and SuperSauce Hybrid. The summer heat is heading my way though so I am in trouble. 95 degrees today. No time or money to purchase shade cloth.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kovar Garden YouTube Channel


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  • Posted by slowjane USDA 10 - Sunset 21 (My Page) on
    Fri, May 23, 14 at 19:35

First Lady II ... lots of fruit setting and first one picked yesterday!


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Yeah . That is great. I am tired of reading dying seedling and wilting plants. Your pictures are a picker upper here.

Keep on keeping on. And don't forget to do some preventive fungal spraying. I use Neem oil spray, which is environmentally harmless.
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure !


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Here is a photo of one of my heirloom tomato plants, "bison" planted out on or around 5.1.14 :) super early but we were having great weather and I had back ups. I got them through some cold nights by wrapping the tomato cages in saran wrap with a cover over the top.


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Welcome , Aili.
That Bison looks very strong and already setting fruits. Is it an EARLY variety?
It pays to venture some times.
Some of my early ones have fruits already. But I planted out 3 weeks earlier than you've done.

Anyway, it is exciting, after all those long winter months germinating, growing under lights .. finally to see some flowers and fruits.


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Here is my PSR-37 which is an open pollenated sister line to the hybrid Early Girl. It has at least 30 tomatoes at present. I planted out late the middle of April and we too have been battling high heat and those Santa Ana winds!


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Here is an update for mine. I think so far so good. I even picked up a Mircle grow potting mix yesterday for $7 (2 C.U) it was on special this holiday weekend.

Anyway the top picture is 3 early girls surrounded by a Ramapo, or should I say 3 Early Girls are eyeing him down :). I added a 3rd Early girl yesterday from the previous photo that I put on here.

The bottom photo is more of my Ramapos from last years seeds along with a couple of Black Cherrys and not in the photo is the 2 Black Krims and a Yellow kelloggs Beef Steake that I will also plant out. I plan on hardening off the ones under lights within the next few days. I will probably just buy more MG mix for planting in the Bags.

In the backround is are few overwintered Hot Pepeprs and last years hot peppers that will be replaced.


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Just a shot of some of my tomato's. These are in a rain gutter grow system and string trellised.


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my first 2014 tomato on memorial day.

I am excited. Will it be ripe by or before The Fourth of July?

It is growing on one of my SILETZ plants. As seen, there are few more coming along a little behind.


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  • Posted by arley 7b/8a SC (My Page) on
    Sat, Jun 28, 14 at 11:17

I transplanted all my tomato plants into the garden April 10. I had a couple of smallish cherry tomatoes a week or so ago (SunGold, Tommy Toe, and a runt Super Sioux), but I wanted to know how long it took to get a full sized red ripe tomato.

The first one to ripen up fully was WES, an oxheart. See the picture. Close behind were Rebel Yell and Marianna's Peace. Gonna have a comparative taste test tonight.

BTW, if anyone is looking for a good salad tomato, Tommy Toe is doing very well for me. The fruits are larger than average cherry tomatoes, almost golf ball sized, plants are very vigorous, and the few I've tasted so far are delicious.

Update 6/30: blind taste test with 4 testers all rated the tomatoes in this order: Marianna's Peace, Wes, Rebel Yell, but even the third place finisher was very good. Marianna's Peace, though, was a great big slicer, juicy, fragrant, and made a tomato sandwich you had to eat over the sink.

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Alright, Arley. Congrats. So have ripe fruits for The Fourth. Mines are showing hint of color. Will it happen in 7 days ?

This picture was taken about 18 days ago. The maters have been growing ever since.


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This is amish paste. Pic taken a few days ago. The fruit is showing the stripy signs of blushing. I'm amazed at the fact that I have an almost ripe tomato so early in the season. Planted out around may 14.


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The top photo is the "early girls from Burpee" and 1 "Rutgers" ramapo F-1 I planted the first 4 May 16th I think.

The second photo are 4 More Ramapo F-1s and Black Cherry and Black Krim, I think in the Green container . They were planted about 7-10 days ago and starting to take off.

Third Photo is just a close up of the side view of the first photo.

last photo is the 'early girl with golf ball+ size tomatoes, I think she will be ready around Jly 20th.

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  • Posted by ZachS z5 Littleton, CO (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 29, 14 at 17:31

Left town for two weeks and I came home to a jungle. In spite of crap weather and hail, I'd say they are hanging in there. In the barrel (pic 1), the Silvery Fir Tree has an almost ripe tomato on it ;).

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Mr.Beno, things are coming along real good. Anytime now.

Linda, You are getting there to pick your first.

Zack, Thing are growing real wild there. Your Silvery Fir Tree. is huge. Mine if good too . Largest fruit on it is about walnut size. How big the ripe fruits get?

Here is a picture of my SFT taken on Memorial Day.


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out-side 3 weeks ago.. yellow mini, early girl, indigo, big beef, red cherry, green zebra, tigerella, husk ground cherry, brandywine, celebrity, and golden rave..


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in-side..1 row of red cherry, 1 row of yellow mini, the rest sun gold.. pic 3 weeks old.


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Wow, Boston. That is awesome. How many plants do you have ?
I see you are keeping the black ground cover. I removed mine about a week ago.
Interesting. Are you doing FL weave ?


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seysonn all most 1000 plants,
not doing a florida weave, if you look close at the pic it gose like this..

think of a suspension bridge, 2 foot hook stake in the ground then a green 6 foot fence post with hooks. then wood stake every 4 foot.. plants are every 2 feet

string from ground, to green stake hook, then down the row twisting around every wooden stake down the row.

every other plant is tied to a stake. The others with no stake have a string to climb.

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Wow, quite a setup. I'd like to see picture of the non-staked plants - you run a vertical from the string going from stake to stake?

I'm trying Jay's (jrslick) modified FL weave in my new tunnel, and just tying various points to CRW fence behind them in my outside rows. No staking of determinates (yet). Have to get pix sometime.

But while I was out taking pix of 1 troubled cherry tom, I took pix of one of my Krims that has multiple baby tomatoes - finally, a positive note! I do have more Krims with tomatoes set, this one had the most - and yes needs to be tied, and yes it has some leaf roll but we had over 3" of rain this week and now it's 83 and windy, more rain expected.

I have 1 plant with 1 tomato set in the (uncovered) tunnel, that one was from trade and was either a Camp Joy or Cheeseman's (I'm tending toward Camp Joy now looking at size) but was from saved seed so could have been a cross. I'm growing both of those varieties from Sand Hill seed this year but had started the last few seeds I had from trade, only got 2 plants in that 6-pack and mixed them up when potting up so I don't know which it was supposed to be. The other 1 is right next to it, no tomatoes yet but similar growth habit (Tania says Cheeseman's is determinate?) so I'll say that's a Camp Joy too.


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ajsmama picture of the non-staked plants ,
yes ran a vertical from the string going from stake to stake with a tomato clip. Twist as it grows. The picture isn't that great but... uhg pic is side-ways..

P.S. I did post a topic about green zebra tomatoes, my first year growing them and I have no clue how to tell when there ripe...if you respond plz don't do it here..do it on my post thank you


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Outside (Dutch Bucket) six 5 gal containers of Big Beef Hybrid in water and 20-18-38 Hydroponic Fertilizer!

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Finally took pix of the (almost all) planted tunnel (I still have 36ft of beds left going to try carrots). 62 tomatoes in 2 rows in middle, plus 10 determinates on left (east) all the way at (south) end, 80 peppers on right (west) and I just threw in another 16 today b/c they still looked healthy in the cell packs and I figured I'd see what they'd do. If the tomatoes shade them too much (east bed, on south 2nd bed after determinate tomatoes) I'll pull them out.

Counted and besides the 72 tomato plants (and now 96 peppers) in the tunnel, I've got 47 cherry toms outside just the other side of that knob of ledge, plus 4 near the house. 19 more determinates at the end of the bean row (plus 1 volunteer I thought was CP but now looks like a cherry), 43 indeterminates I just tied to fence on the west side (plus 1 volunteer BW that might have to go b/c it's too close to a BK but it's getting flowers), plus 15 more determinates in the house garden (Best Boy, 3 Latah, and the rest unknown Burpee beefsteak DD started for science fair) PLUS 13 more dwarf tomatoes (4 varieties) in pots on the porch PLUS 2 Cosmonaut Volkovs in 1/2gal pots, 1 flowering, I might try those in large pots since they're doing well. I'm composting the rest left in smaller pots.

So how many tomato plants is that I lost count LOL? I didn't count the bean plants...


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Photos from July 6th, I think I may have some early girl tomatoes ready in about 10 days or so. I calculated July 20th That would be around their 59 day maturity so I think they are on schedule. They were planted around May 20th I think. The Ramapo is also becoming very vigorous now.. I know I will run into a staking problem with both.

The Black Krim, Black Cherry and other Rampos were planted around June 20th I think


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My Latah tomato. We already ate the first 3 ripe tomatoes. More will be ripe in a few days.
I swear it has more tomatoes than leaves. I wish it had better taste (too sour for my taste - I love sweet tomatoes):
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Alright . Everybody getting close to big harvest. That is good.
I, myself, picked my first ripe tomato yesterday: It was a Bloody Butcher. Siletz, Stupice, Silvery FT and Sun Gold, any day now.

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Picked my first ripe tomato this morning in zone 6a. This is from bison heirloom determinate. Planted out May 1.


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OK, I think it's "safe" to show my sliced Neves Azorian Red now. (If not, we will miss our "NW Poster", here!

Gary


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Ajsmama I thought my 19 tomato plants were work! Wow, impressive! How do you do that? Anyways, everyone, great stuff! Seysonn, how did you like the Bloody Butcher? I'm kind of sorry I didn't grow it this year myself. Gave away the seedlings.
Gary, the NAR looks yummy! Can't wait to try one myself. Definitely have to get some WOW's for next year to get a head start!


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There are so many beautiful tomato plants showing off here! Really jealous of those people who have a early start of the growing season! I am trying three heirlooms as a first-year gardener, black Krim, persimmon and costoluto, and a cherry type, Juliet. I transplanted on May 24th. So far, there are a lot fruit set on Juliet, costoluto, and black krim (in order). The persimmon is just starting to bear little fruits. The picture shows costoluto. I heard people are not liking its flavor. Hopefully it's not too bad 'cause this is the most productive of the three heirlooms. Black krim is the earliest to set fruit and it has the largest two tomatoes that seems to have reached peak size and is ripening hard.


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Aaron - does look like a lot of fruit set, hope it tastes good. Can you post a pic of your BKs?

sharonie - it's a lot of work, hard to do by myself. DH helps with hammering things into our rocky ground and mowing/weedwhacking, but I start all the seeds, do all the transplanting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, harvesting and marketing. DS helped me pack, set up, and tear down at a few markets last year but he's getting older and getting busy (mostly Scout stuff this summer), next summer he might have a job (counselor at Scout camp) so I'm really thinking I have to start a CSA.

Oh, and I counted - besides 200 tomatoes and 96 peppers in the ground, I've got 13 tomatoes in pots (and 2-6 more I'd like to pot up for my cousin), and some suckers trying to root in water before potting up since I only have 1 Sungold and 1 Black Cherry another GWer gave me and I'd like more, 1 long sucker was broken this AM so I trimmed it back, think I can get 3 plants out of it.

8 peppers in 4" pots I want to sell at market, 6 overwintered peppers in pots that need to be potted up, 183 bean plants plus a dozen or so cukes (didn't count), a couple of yellow squash (that haven't even flowered yet), 3 cantaloupe and 3 watermelon plants (not growing much), I think 6 zukes. Cilantro is bolting, dill is ahead of cukes so seeded more, just seeded basil but it rained that night so probably all washed away (I did sneak out and mulch it the other day), and as soon as there is a break in sight I will seed kale, chard, and Asian greens. Oh, and more carrots (I only put in two 12ft rows b/c I thought last week was a little early but now I might be behind - at least the carrots are going in the tunnel so a little late doesn't matter).

I posted a pic of what I think is same BK plant with 4 good sized fruit on it on the Golden Tomato Prize thread. Not a good pic here (was trying to get more of a shot of peppers, sweet non-bells are closest to camera) but this morning the soon-to-be tunnel looked like this:

Had to tie up a few more at the far end, need to get some small 3-ring cages for some determinates on left side far end, but the indeterminates in the middle are getting pretty bushy. I did prune some last week but the past few days of rain have caused everything to just explode - and I think I've got some EB in there. Once it dries out (raining again now, too wet this AM though clear) I've got a lot more pruning and weeding and mulching and spraying to do. I have to get those lamb's quarters off the sides of the mounded bed and staple the fabric that's in the aisles down coming up the sides of the bed - the hay keeps sliding off. Next year the middle bed will be framed in wood like the side beds.

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ajsmama, this is the black krim (left one). It has out grown the >5' cage. It set fruits early, but not a lot so far. I only have one plant, so I don't know whether that's normal.


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Aaron - looks like another near top of stake right hand side. I can't tell you how long til those bottom 2 ripen but be sure to pick them when the tops (shoulders) are still green and bottoms (blossom ends) are dark but not yet soft if you wait til they are soft they will disintegrate before you get to the house! BK are very thin skinned and will also split easily so if you find yourself having to water in the next few weeks go easy. As they get riper you may even want to pick them early to ripen inside (common practice) if rain is predicted.

I don't know about Costuluto taste but BK is one of my favorites. Cherokee Purple is easier to market and similar in taste but I just can't decide which I like better!


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ajsmama, thanks for your advice. I will keep in mind. Weather forecast predicts dry days ahead. I guess that's great news.


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Here are 3 of my tomato plants. I can't remember the variety


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Here are 3 of my tomato plants. I can't remember the variety. Minus the 2 peppers in front


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I got my first ripe one. These are early girlts. I took the other 2 off because they were almost touching the ground and the green one did have color break on the bottom.

The first ripe one took almost exactly 59 days as stated. Give or take a day, they were planted around May 17th.


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My first-ever German Johnson. Sink sandwich today. Hope it tastes as good as it looks.


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