Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» 2017: First full year of SFGing in ND
by Robbomb116 Today at 4:00 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by kauairosina Today at 3:43 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by sanderson Today at 3:23 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 2:39 pm

» Kombucha
by RoOsTeR Today at 2:32 pm

» A spring day that was da pits.
by Cajun Cappy Today at 2:12 pm

» garden ready need better weather
by bigblue94 Today at 1:41 pm

» Double summer squash flower
by RC3291 Today at 12:49 pm

» N & C Midwest: April 2017!
by CapeCoddess Today at 12:48 pm

» Ideas needed
by camprn Today at 12:41 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals Today at 10:56 am

» Spaghetti Squash Recipes
by CapeCoddess Today at 10:50 am

» Three Sisters Thursday
by Turan Today at 10:13 am

» Store Bought Compost
by mlpii66 Today at 9:14 am

» Sprouting seeds
by camprn Today at 6:28 am

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by AtlantaMarie Today at 4:24 am

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie Today at 4:21 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by sanderson Today at 3:54 am

» Japanese Beetle Grub Insecticide
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:36 pm

» New England April 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 8:55 pm

» who has chickens
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 7:45 pm

» Carrot Week 2017!
by CapeCoddess Yesterday at 12:48 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing in April 2017?
by Kelejan Yesterday at 12:34 pm

» Geezer's 17
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 11:25 am

» Compost for Mel's Mix
by Banned Member Yesterday at 10:12 am

» Hullo from SW Ohio
by Banned Member Yesterday at 10:05 am

» Hello from SE Michigan
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:30 am

» Hello from Chino, CA (Zone 10a)
by sanderson Yesterday at 4:21 am

» Please comment on the plant layout for 2017
by greenthumbtobe 4/26/2017, 9:01 pm

» My "Old Deck" Table Top Garden today
by nrstooge 4/26/2017, 7:15 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

View previous topic View next topic Go down

A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/6/2015, 10:40 pm

RIP my faithful friend.  You were one of my very first plants purchased and planted in my very first bed.  You produced untold hundreds of pounds of marvelous toms over three winters in my greenhouse!  So sad to remove your remains today  Sad

She got her start as one of four "Roma" tomatoes, only she wasn't.  We never figured out what kind of a tomato she was, but it was nothing short of amazing.

I'm cleaning up my greenhouse and getting ready to plant for the fall and winter in a couple of weeks.  The secret to winter harvesting is that you have things growing well into their growth cycle and they will slowly ripen in the less daylight of the winter.  

I also pulled a cherry tomato that we had for 3 winters.  I had to do it to clean up spider mites that had gotten into the greenhouse.  Time to try some of the new varieties I have.  I also have two plants that grew through last winter in pots, they're "Snow Fairy" tomatoes and are cold hardy down to 28 degrees if they don't have frost touch them.  

The tomato was the plant to the right of the lemon cucumbers at the back of the bed.  It was already 18 mos. old in this picture! 


What's the longest you've ever had a plant in your veggie garden that was and "annual?"
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1905
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  walshevak on 7/6/2015, 11:17 pm

Three summer, two winters for swiss chard.  Started in one of my table tops that I put a plastic cover over the first winter, dug it up and was going to discard it but my neighbor put it in a 5 gal bucket and kept in in her garage the second winter and in the yard the third summer.  

My son kept some super hot peppers over 1 winter in a plastic green house with a space heater inside, but peppers are only annuals in areas that have freezes so that may not count.

____________________________

A WEED IS A FLOWER GROWING IN THE WRONG PLACE
Elizabeth City, NC
Find more about Weather in Elizabeth City, NC
Click for weather forecast
avatar
walshevak

Certified SFG Instructor

Female Posts : 4339
Join date : 2010-10-17
Age : 74
Location : wilmington, nc zone 8

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/7/2015, 1:01 am

That's cool!  I have swiss chard that's a couple years old and several peppers that are older than that.  I'm just now replacing those plants that have survived but are less productive now that new ones would be.  Striking that balance is hard some times.
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1905
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  Marc Iverson on 7/7/2015, 1:42 am

That's where I'm at with some incredibly tough kale I have -- survived a careless transplant wonderfully well -- that was very productive last year but now is producing far smaller leaves and concentrating on making seed pods. It seems beyond durable and produced so much the first year, but I'm not sure how long I want to keep it now that its leaves are so much smaller.
avatar
Marc Iverson

Male Posts : 3638
Join date : 2013-07-05
Age : 55
Location : SW Oregon

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  sanderson on 7/7/2015, 3:34 am

2 1/2 year old peppers in pots that I started from seed Feb 2013. Audrey, the Snow Fairy from your seeds is a steady producer. Nice red 2" tomatoes.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13520
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/7/2015, 5:19 pm

Sanderson, I'm glad to hear that with the problems you had with the last batch(es) of tomatoes!  Mine are really healthy and taking a bit of a break from producing as the heat has been so high + the greenhouse temp is higher even though the ends are open.  

I'm planting these four varieties in my greenhouse:
Mountain Gold (got from someone here in a seed exchange, can't remember who, Mark maybe?!)
A' Grappioli which is a cherry type tomato and keeps extra long when picked before a frost and will ripen as brought into the sun.
Juliet Plum tomatoes
Rutgers

We don't make sandwiches so small, salad type tomatoes are what we lean toward.
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1905
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  sanderson on 7/8/2015, 2:19 am

Audrey, Did you get the seeds for Snow Fairy from Baker? I will also grow Rutgers, Atkinson and Cherokee Purple again.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13520
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/8/2015, 11:14 am

I got them from Caleb Warnock's Rennaisance Seeds:  http://www.mcssl.com/store/calebwarnock/tomatoes

My cherokee purple last year were a dismal failure.  They rotted, every single last tomato and they were planted in 3 or 4 different locations in my garden.
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1905
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  BeckieSueDalton on 7/8/2015, 11:24 am

Thanks for sharing that link, audrey.jeane!  I've been looking for a seed source to start an "apothecary square", and your link is perfect for some of the herbs I've had difficulty finding. 
avatar
BeckieSueDalton

Female Posts : 68
Join date : 2015-06-23
Location : Atlanta GA (NE OTP), AHS heat zone 6, USDA hardiness zone 7a/7b, frost dates Apr15/Nov15

View user profile http://lollipops-and-pipe-dreams.blogspot.com/search/label/garde

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  sanderson on 7/8/2015, 11:45 am

Baker Creek (rareseeds.com) also has medicinal herbs. Their catalog is a must have for reading and drooling.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13520
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  BeckieSueDalton on 7/8/2015, 11:47 am

Thanks, sanderson!  2016 catalog ordered!  
avatar
BeckieSueDalton

Female Posts : 68
Join date : 2015-06-23
Location : Atlanta GA (NE OTP), AHS heat zone 6, USDA hardiness zone 7a/7b, frost dates Apr15/Nov15

View user profile http://lollipops-and-pipe-dreams.blogspot.com/search/label/garde

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  sanderson on 7/8/2015, 12:56 pm

Do they still have any 2015 catalogs? You can start browsing now if they would send you one. It is addicting so use restraint. Very Happy

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
avatar
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13520
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 68
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 7/8/2015, 12:57 pm

Beckie;
What I love about Caleb Warnock is he is an heirloom seed saver warrior!  He researches plants that were cultivated hundreds of years ago through books.  Then he tracks down those heirloom plants if possible.  If located he then grows them to preserve their lineage and for storing in seed banks around the world including for a few governments.  He's a one man operation and buying seed from him helps him continue his work.  

His book "Winter gardening" has been a great handbook for my growing all year around.  We're easy-peasy winter growing compared to where he is in Utah!
Audrey
avatar
audrey.jeanne.roberts

Posts : 1905
Join date : 2012-12-07
Location : Central Calif Mtns.

View user profile http://audreyjeanne-roberts.artistwebsites.com

Back to top Go down

Re: A 3 1/2 year old tomato plant...

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum