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Growing Tomatoes in Fayette Co., GA

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Growing Tomatoes in Fayette Co., GA

Post  yolos on 3/8/2014, 7:42 pm

I attended a two hour class today which was all about growing tomatoes in Fayette County, GA.  It was presented by Lester Bray (he has been growing tomatoes in Fayette County for 40 years).  It was very good and I learned a lot.  The information was not all specific to Fayette County so I thought I would summarize a few things I learned that I did not know.

A good place to order tomato seeds is totallytomatoes.com.  Also a seed company in Texas that is approximately the same growing conditions as we are is called Willhite in Poolville, TX.

Everyone who grows tomatoes in Fayette County will have either or both early blight and/or late blight so use a preventative fungicide spray.  If growing organic use a copper fungicide.  If not organic use Daconil 2787.  Spray every 10 days. Start spraying one week after planting.  You cannot cure a sick leaf so you have to prevent it from getting sick. 

Phosphorus does not leach out of the soil so you can get a build up over a number of years.

An organic spray for Aphids and white flies is Tri-Tech which is a mineral oil based spray.

His favorite tomato for taste is Cherokee Purple.  Goliath is very good for disease resistance and he said (I think) it could only be purchased from Totally Tomatoes.  It keeps well.  Do not buy Big Boy because it has no disease resistance.   Better Boy is a good one to grow here but the tomatoes do not keep well.  His favorite grape tomato is Juliet and for cherry tomato try Sweet 100.

He recommends buying transplants from Swints in Jonesboro or Fairburn Feed & Seed.
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Tomato Growing in Fayette County

Post  Windmere on 3/9/2014, 7:32 pm

Hi yolos,

Your post immediately caught my attention.  Thanks so much for such a comprehensive summary of your class today.  What a wealth of information!

I have most certainly heard of Totally Tomatoes.  I have one of their catalogs.  I have come across a tomato called "Mountain Magic."  These tomatoes are supposed to be resistant to early blight and late blight (yet they are non-GMO).  I purchased mine from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYTHEHU/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Right now I have 34 seedlings of all sorts of varieties. 

I am very grateful for you info regarding the copper fungicide.  Last season I was growing black krims.  I used a weak peppermint soap spray to control fungus.  My tomatoes did great, but my cucumbers and zucchini had some awful fungus issues...   I'm going to get some copper fungicide either today or tomorrow. 

I found an offering on Amazon made by Bonide Products:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UJVDXY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1I5LTXFN5N6F8&coliid=I61B87CGGXD4E

I saw a few plant offerings at Swint's the other day, but did not get any.  I'm going to keep Swint's on the back burner in case any of my seedlings fail.  It's good to know that Swint's is so highly recommended.

Thanks again for your awesome post!
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Post  yolos on 3/9/2014, 8:06 pm

@Windmere wrote:Hi yolos,

I have most certainly heard of Totally Tomatoes.  I have one of their catalogs.  I have come across a tomato called "Mountain Magic."  These tomatoes are supposed to be resistant to early blight and late blight (yet they are non-GMO).  I purchased mine from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYTHEHU/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Windmere.
In the handouts they gave us at the class, they list Mountain Fresh (VF Hybrid Unusually large and tasty tomatoes with a flavor that has been rated superior), Mountain Spring (Beautiful - 8 to 10 oz, bright red throughout, and resistant to cracking and blossom end rot), and Mountain Pride (Disease- resistant, Medium to large deep red, oblate fruits averaging 7 oz).  Nothing about Mountain Magic maybe because it is a large cherry.  I also have notes from the internet that say Mountain Merit is blight resistant - Determinate - Large - Red - 75 days - All American winner.  I don't usually grow determinates but I might try the Mountain Merit on staggered plantings.  I am not a fan of cherry tomatoes so I will pass on the Mountain Magic.  My notes from the internet also say Iron Lady (determinate, Medium size, Red) is Super Resistant to blight so I may try that also.

I better hurry and get seeds started.  Every time I think about starting seeds I remember my diseased tomatoes every year for the last four years and just kind of slack off starting tomatoes.
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Post  Windmere on 3/9/2014, 8:26 pm

Yolos,

Thanks very much for the tip regarding Mountain Merit.  I am curious about a determinate tomato.  I've added it to one of my merchant "wish lists" and I might get some seeds later this week.  The problem with these blight resistant tomatoes is that they have a low percent germination rate.  This is a drag because the seeds are pretty expensive.  However, I guess a little money up front to help eliminate tomato decimation from blight is probably a wise investment.

The bulk of my varieties are cherry/pear tomatoes.  Our family really enjoys these strains, so they work best for us.

I'm planting a ton of seeds.  I will probably only keep one of each variety.
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Post  Rahab222 on 3/10/2014, 3:15 am

Yolos;

"Everyone who grows tomatoes in Fayette County will have either or both early blight and/or late blight so use a preventative fungicide spray."


Did the speaker say, "Why?"  Is it because of high humidity?


Thanks!
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