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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  walshevak on 6/18/2015, 12:26 pm

Near 100 degree weather taking a toll on my tomatoes.  I have a few fruits that set earlier and hope for a moderation of this heat so more can set.  

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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  Marc Iverson on 6/19/2015, 5:40 pm

Turan wrote:Marc, I awoke at 4 this morning worrying about your Brandywines. I know you are gardening at a neighbor's place and that must limit what all you can do and I do not know what kind of trellising you have for the plants. Can you set up a shade cloth for them? Lay a bit of soaker hose along the top line of the trellis and water it very slowly so it drips down the shade cloth and thus makes a swamp cooler effect around the plants? People with greenhouses do something similar or have an over head mister. Even just watering the cloth in the heat of the day a few times should help. And then make sure to help pollinate the plants early in the morning before it gets too hot. The pollen should be viable after nights in the 50s.

Thanks for the concern, Turan.

I could put up a shade cloth, I guess. I'd have to figure out a frame for the tomatoes up against the fence, but in the garden beds, I could use PVC tubes and iron rebar. Laying hoses is out, because for some reason I just can't figure out, the neighbor whose place I garden at does not want to use any watering systems. Can't say I understand that, but there it is.

I think 55 degrees is the lower limit for tomato pollination, but most of our nights are hotter than that now. Whatever the perhaps various reasons, though, my tomato flowers on the brandywines are going nowhere. This happens every year. The exceptions, when they do occur, tend to be cherry tomatoes, which seem reliably tougher and more productive than other types. Not that I don't often lose hundreds of flowers until it cools down (hopefully) sometimes during August.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  Marc Iverson on 6/19/2015, 5:41 pm

walshevak wrote:Near 100 degree weather taking a toll on my tomatoes.  I have a few fruits that set earlier and hope for a moderation of this heat so more can set.  

Kay

I've got a few too, but then the heat increased. We've got a few cooler days here now, and I'm hoping I get a few more set.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  donnainzone5 on 6/22/2015, 8:15 pm

New Question:

I just purchased, and assembled (all by myself!) a new, high-tech planter for my greenhouse tomatoes.

It's been quite warm lately, and is expected to be in the 90s-100s by the end of the week.

I'm not certain whether I should fill and plant this planter, with a trellis of some sort, in the greenhouse, or set it up on the deck outside.  The greenhouse does have a solar-operated vent.
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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/23/2015, 7:28 am

Good for you, Donna!

Do you have pics?  That might help us figure out what would be best...  But offhand I'd say put it on the deck, maybe with wheels under it so you can move it when needed.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/23/2015, 10:56 am

Once it's filled, I'd have to put it on a wheeled platform of some kind to move it; the unit itself is composite lumber and already pretty heavy.  

However, I probably could get a neighbor to put together something that would work.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  boffer on 6/23/2015, 11:11 am

I roll up the sides of my greenhouse about 3 feet, have a gable exhaust fan, and an air circulation fan. Still, my greenhouse is hotter than outside. (temps measured in the shade) But I suppose once the temps get above 90-95 degrees +/- 5° doesn't make much difference.

For consideration: does your deck have enough mass to act like a heat sink, soaking up the sun, and radiating it back, making the temps even higher?
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Post  donnainzone5 on 6/23/2015, 11:38 am

Boffer, that's a good question!

It's a fairly large deck, constructed of wood, and I recently had it re-stained.  It wraps around the south and west sides of the house.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  quiltbea on 6/23/2015, 1:21 pm

I'm still waiting for color on my tiny Totem tomatoes in the Back40 with their little greenies.

Took this photo today of one of the Totems.  There are many blossoms forming as well.

My raised bed of tiny tomatoes is very lush and lots of blossoms now.  I've got blossoms on the Better Boys in the raised beds, also.  I can't wait for that first tomato.



These are blossoms on my Early Cherry tomato in the flower bed.

My experimental twin Legend tomatoes are still doing very well, healthy and strong.  I think you can see the two stems in this photo above.

Its a drizzly day here.  So far in the last 3 days we've received 2 3/5" of rain from Mother Nature.  Of course our forests are delighted so I won't complain.  We were getting dangerously close to dry tinder a couple weeks ago.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  yolos on 6/24/2015, 9:21 am

So far, the Brandy Boy Hybrid from Burpee is winning this years Tomato award.  I have harvested 10 Brandy Boy tomatoes off one plant and zero Brandy Wine tomatoes.  I am still waiting to harvest one of each at the same time to compare the taste.  This is my largest Brandy Boy to date.  591.5 grams (1 lb 5 oz)
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  boffer on 6/24/2015, 11:01 am

rock on

Knowing that a tomato like that costs over $5 at the grocery store makes them taste even sweeter! Very Happy
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  quiltbea on 6/24/2015, 11:05 am

Wow, Yolos.  That's a winner for sure.  I hope your other one starts producing so you can compare the two varieties for flavor.  Good luck.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  BeckieSueDalton on 6/24/2015, 1:24 pm

My plants aren't up to SFG specs yet, as the book arrives tomorrow, but I wanted to share my first-year progress for today's Tomato Tuesday*.  Smile

I have two buckets w/ Marion, four buckets w/ Roma, and a large square planter w/ Red Beefsteak.  The buckets have 10 carrots each because of information about companion planting on some of the reputable gardening websites (mainly: Garden.org, Old Farmers Almanac, Bonnie Plants, Harvest to Table).  I'll add a few Basil in the corners of the beefsteak planter as soon as the herb seedlings are big enough to transplant.

Bonnie Plants Red Beefsteak heirloom in a plastic planter from Lowes (green, square, 16" L x 16" W x 12" H).  This plant has two primary stems and had a small tomato on the largest stem when I purchased it; the fruit is appx 3" across.  It's recovered well from transplanting from the nursery pot into its new home, though it hasn't show signs of flowering and one of the bottom branches has turned yellow and the leaves are both wilted and crispy.

beefsteak in its planter, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8449502/IMAGES/garden/20150624_beefsteak.jpg
yellow lower branch, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8449502/IMAGES/garden/20150624_beefsteak-stem.jpg


Market produce Roma tomatoes in white five-gallon buckets and drugstore 'tomato rockets' Marion tomatoes in household utility buckets (10" D x 12" H).  I didn't know you were supposed to ferment and wash and re-ferment tomato seeds to be able to plant them, so I'd just scooped them out of romas before stewing the tomatoes for sauce and dumped the seeds into a deli container with some big box seed starter mix.  They were pretty well-matted when I separated the seedlings into quarter sections for transplanting, and I really need to snip down to only one or two per bucket.  The buckets for the Marions are likely too small, so I'll snip down to just the very strongest plant when they're a touch taller.  I'm looking forward to flowering and fruiting in our six buckets; I'm just not sure when that will be.

our six tomato buckets, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8449502/IMAGES/garden/20150624_roma-marion.jpg
the roma buckets up close, https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/8449502/IMAGES/garden/20150624_roma-bucket.jpg



* The pics are shared via my personal Dropbox account because the images weren't showing up in the preview.


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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  boffer on 6/24/2015, 1:44 pm

Hi Sharon, you have some healthy looking plants.   Very Happy

The link in your sig, and the website link under your avatar, aren't being found (404 error).

I hope you can fix them so we can see your gardening journey!  
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  Marc Iverson on 6/24/2015, 6:41 pm

boffer wrote:rock on

Knowing that a tomato like that costs over $5 at the grocery store makes them taste even sweeter! Very Happy

Ain't that the truth!

Looks great, yolos! I'm not sure I've ever grown one that big yet, but it's on my agenda!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/24/2015, 6:48 pm

yolos wrote:So far, the Brandy Boy Hybrid from Burpee is winning this years Tomato award.  I have harvested 10 Brandy Boy tomatoes off one plant and zero Brandy Wine tomatoes.  I am still waiting to harvest one of each at the same time to compare the taste.  This is my largest Brandy Boy to date.  591.5 grams (1 lb 5 oz)
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/24/2015, 6:56 pm

BeckieSueDalton wrote:My plants aren't up to SFG specs yet, as the book arrives tomorrow, but I wanted to share my first-year progress for today's Tomato Tuesday*.  Smile

Good luck, Becky!

And don't worry about comparisons. Everybody starts from somewhere, and by the time they feel they've gotten anywhere, the weather does something weird or some strange bug or disease or unidentifiable something pops up and manages to make you feel like a beginner all over again.

Sometimes the most experienced people have crummy years and terrible gardens and sometimes someone bats it out of the park on their first try!
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  sanderson on 6/25/2015, 3:14 am

Marc Iverson wrote:
BeckieSueDalton wrote:My plants aren't up to SFG specs yet, as the book arrives tomorrow, but I wanted to share my first-year progress for today's Tomato Tuesday*.  Smile

Good luck, Becky!  

And don't worry about comparisons.  Everybody starts from somewhere, and by the time they feel they've gotten anywhere, the weather does something weird or some strange bug or disease or unidentifiable something pops up and manages to make you feel like a beginner all over again.  

Sometimes the most experienced people have  crummy years and terrible gardens and sometimes someone bats it out of the park on their first try!  
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  yolos on 6/30/2015, 11:39 pm

Tomatoes are coming in fast and furious at this time.  But the heat is starting to slow the fruits from setting right now.  Disease has hit my Gilbertie and Brandywine and I may have to remove them or cut, cut, cut off all the diseased leaves and then spray.  Oh well, I still am having a great tomato year so far.


Now I just have to decide if I want to give more away to friends and co-workers or freeze, dehydrate or can.
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Post  quiltbea on 6/30/2015, 11:48 pm

Yolos....Great haul.  If they were mine, I'd roast them and freeze them.  Delish that way thru the year.
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Re: Tomato Tuesday 2015

Post  Turan on 7/1/2015, 1:03 am

Gorgeous haul. Yolo.
Have you found a difference in the spread of disease between your staked plants and SFG plants?

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Post  Marc Iverson on 7/1/2015, 2:28 am

Wow yolos, I am so jealous! I'm getting plenty of flowers, but it's too hot for them to turn into tomatoes lately. Yours look wonderful, especially the brandywines. I planted five of those this year and can't wait to finally eat one!
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Post  sanderson on 7/1/2015, 3:39 am

Yolos, I was going to take a photo of my garden haul of tomatoes, bell peppers and hot peppers. After looking at yours, I'm too embarrassed! Embarassed Great harvest.

For freezing, are roasted tastier for winter cooking? I'm going to can a batch of tomatoes and freeze any left overs.

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/1/2015, 8:22 am

Sanderson - TAKE PHOTOS ANYWAY!!!  You know we LOVE photos, and share your success with us - don't compare it to anyone else's!  

Yolos - I can't wait until I have some pics to share like that!  My 'maters are just getting their first blossoms, and I have NO idea what variety is blooming due to my trip & fall when they were seedlings in pots.  I can tell you that roasting and freezing your tomatoes makes some of the best sauce you will ever taste.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with your herbs before roasting, then after they are done and cool pop them into freezer bags.  When ready for sauce just slightly thaw and throw them into a food processor or blender.  Brown your meat (if you like meat sauce) and dump your puree into the pan to heat through.  Adjust seasonings if necessary, and EAT!!!!!  The first time I did this all Hubby could say when his plate was scraped clean was "That was some GOOOOOOOD sauce!"
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