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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  CindiLou on 3/27/2011, 1:47 am

I have Giant Belgium, Beefsteak, Mr Stripey, and Dixie "Sweet" started. I will buy a cherry tomato plant later.

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Sowed and awaiting germination

Post  Healing Garden on 3/29/2011, 2:07 am

Tomato: Buckbee's New 50 Day
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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  Miss M on 3/29/2011, 3:13 am

Currently growing:

Sunsugar
Sweet Baby Girl
Brandywine x 4
Cherokee Purple x 4
La Roma x 4
Tumbling Tom
Patio

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Post  westie42 on 3/29/2011, 3:30 am

This is a first for me. I have absolutely nothing started and no idea of what will be grown. Usually I have started and grow up to 200 tomato plants. Due to a sick wife a way word son and the need to get it down to just one house to live in everything else has suffered to say the least. I will be trying black krem this year after reading so many good comments in Dave's and GardenWeb. Celebrity is my main canner, also San Marzano because Rachel Ray says they are the best. Roma for salsa. Of course a few Early Girls. Big Mama, stupice and Parks whopper. Obviously a few cherries. Have tried opalka and momotaru without much fondness for either. Healing garden I followed your really nice blog to a planning software subscription and wonder if you use it ?

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  yosoypanadero on 3/29/2011, 11:27 am

As of now I have started indoors:

Sara's Galapagos
Arkansas Traveler
Pink Ponderosa
Green Sausage
Roma
Beefsteak
Rio Grande
Yellow Pear
Yellow Perfection (delicious)
Brandywine
Early Treat ( 100+ lbs per plant)

That is just off the top of my head as my records are at home and I am getting paid at work to write on the forums. I still have one more wave of indoor seed starting to do before the new moon this weekend too so who knows how big this list will get!?

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  ashort on 3/29/2011, 11:36 am

My plan so far:

2 plants of beefsteak (one is better boy hybrid, not sure about the other)
3 plants of cherry style
5 plants of paste variety (roma) for saucing

That still leaves 3 squares for tomatoes though... hmmm..... maybe an heirloom like cherokee or something...

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so many tomatoes

Post  Baseball_Gardener on 3/29/2011, 10:38 pm

I thought growing 16 different varieties last year was too many. Glad to know that I'm not the only tomato nut! They are all so good.. I've scaled down a bit this year. I think I only have about 12 different kinds this year..

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  MasonGarden on 3/29/2011, 10:50 pm

I had posted the message below in another thread, but just found this one and thought perhaps it would be better here . . .

Another newbie here with some basic tomato questions. What does "determinate or indeterminate" refer to and how does it impact which tomato types to choose? Also, I picked up several packs of seeds hoping to get a variety of tomatoes good for salads, salsa, sauce and sandwiches. Would these work?

- Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato (open pollinated) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Yellow Pear Cherry Tomato (heirloom) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Cherokee Purple Tomato (heirloom) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- San Marzano Paste Tomato (open pollinated) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Crimson Beefsteak Tomato - Grow Organic

Many thanks!

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  Furbalsmom on 3/30/2011, 1:18 am

@MasonGarden wrote:Another newbie here with some basic tomato questions. What does "determinate or indeterminate" refer to and how does it impact which tomato types to choose? Also, I picked up several packs of seeds hoping to get a variety of tomatoes good for salads, salsa, sauce and sandwiches. Would these work?

- Matt's Wild Cherry Tomato (open pollinated) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Yellow Pear Cherry Tomato (heirloom) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Cherokee Purple Tomato (heirloom) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- San Marzano Paste Tomato (open pollinated) - High Mowing Organic Seeds
- Crimson Beefsteak Tomato - Grow Organic

Determinate and Indeterminate refer to the growing habit of tomatoes and how long they will produce new fruit.
A determinate tomato grows in more of a bushy manner (which takes up to 9 sq ft - or 3X3 squares) plus, the crop usually matures close to the same time. this is really good if you are canning or making sauces.
An Indeteriminate tomatoes grow in more of a viney manner, which makes it good for putting on a trellis. The crop continues to produce until frost, so you have tomatoes maturing over a longer period of time.

Matt's Wild Cherry and yellow Pear Cherry tomatoes are both really good in a salad.
San Marzano is great for salsa and sauces
Cherokee Purple (yummmm) and Crimson Beefsteak are both good slicers for sandwiches

Hope this helps

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Post  NHGardener on 3/30/2011, 7:04 am

Phew! I had to check back with my seed order and look up each tomato to see if it was determinate or indeterminate. Thankfully they were all indeterminate (I wasn't planning on 9 sf for one tomato plant) but I did see the Roma tomato was semi-determinate. I'm going to assume that's closer to indeterminate than determinate. Smile He'll just have to squish.

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2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  doc_jh on 3/30/2011, 12:02 pm

Brandywine pink
Yellow Pear
Sweet 100
Better Boy

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  Ha-v-v on 3/30/2011, 8:30 pm

So far, Marion, German Queen and Mr Stripey ( I like that name )
More to come
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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  pattipan on 3/30/2011, 9:01 pm

WV 63 (all purpose/indeterminate)
Opalka (paste/indeterminate)
Mountain Princess (early/determinate)
Sweet 100 (cherry)
Dixie's Sweet (eating!)

I'll be planting a dozen each of the WV 63's and Opalkas. they are my canning tomatoes. Perhaps a half dozen or more of the Mountain Princess in pots and containers. And maybe 4 of the Sweet 100's -- want to sow roast more of these babies!

I've started my the WV '63's and Opalka from seeds saved from last year. Bought the heirloom Mountain Princess seed -- had to try them since they are native to my area. Hoping to get some early tomatoes from them!

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  MasonGarden on 3/30/2011, 9:08 pm

Is there a source to check seeds to see whether they are determinate or indeterminate?

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  pattipan on 3/30/2011, 9:14 pm

@MasonGarden wrote:Is there a source to check seeds to see whether they are determinate or indeterminate?

If you're using tomato seed you ordered or bought local, it should say somewhere in its description of the tomato, or on the seed packet. What kind do you have and where did you order/buy them?

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Post  Healing Garden on 3/30/2011, 11:40 pm

@westie42 wrote:..... Healing garden I followed your really nice blog to a planning software subscription and wonder if you use it ?

Yes, I use growveg.com to plan my garden. It has worked really well for me using square foot gardening approach. You can also use it for row gardening.

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Re: 2011 Tomatoes! Wha'cha growin'?!

Post  Ha-v-v on 4/13/2011, 8:11 am

@Ha-v-v wrote:So far, Marion, German Queen and Mr Stripey ( I like that name )
More to come
Ha-v-v


I know Im quoting myself Smile lolol (scarey isnt it )

Ive added to the tomatoes in the garden, thanks to my precious neighbor that puts tears in my eyes she is so kind to me. My neighbor plants all these seeds and then shares the plants with me.

All Heirloom

Black Krim
Black Cherry
Brandywine
Creole
Green Zebra

I purchased a Cherokee purple (heirloom)

Ok thats it on the tomatoes until my neighbor puts out more seeds Smile I will share with her the ones I have purchased as they get older. I take cuttings to root from my tomato plants and its worked quite well.

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Post  yosoypanadero on 4/13/2011, 2:21 pm

Among many others I got two (one healthy looking) Sara's Galapagos sprouts that are still inside the closet. Anyone else ever tried this variety? I need more seeds!!!

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Post  kjenkins82 on 4/16/2011, 6:50 pm

I thought I had grown/purchased all of my tomato seedlings for this year but visted the Sand Springs Herbal Affair today and somehow left without a single herb but bought an armload of tomato plants. I think I have an illness! Very Happy I am going to run out of trellis squares very quickly and end up growing a lot in containers. It isn't much compared to some of you, but after today I have:

Cherokee Purple
Mortgage Lifter
Carbon
Sweet 100 Cherry
Yellow Pear
Better Boy
Roma
Arkansas Traveler

Some of these are old standbys and some it is my first year trying. Also scored some cool varieties of eggplant and some rhubarb that I am going to try to keep alive in this Oklahoma heat against the odds. Off to round up buckets fot all these excess plants. (If there is a 12 step program for compulsive tomato buying, someone please point me in the right direction.)

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Post  GreenBlueberry on 4/16/2011, 8:15 pm

I've never gardened before, so I wasn't really sure what to buy and I got a Bonnie Original, a Better Boy and a Roma at Home Depot. Then I started to learn about heirlooms. I ordered a Heinz and an Amish Paste from a farm in MO.
Well, there was a huge storm last night with quarter-size hail, and it looks like my Home Depot plants are toast. They got hit pretty bad.
I may end up ordering replacements, probably funky looking heirlooms.

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Post  kilda on 4/20/2011, 8:10 pm

I'm so jealous of the people that have room to plant tons of different varieties! I have room for just 4 tomato plants, so my choices this year were:

-sweet 100
-better boy
-big beef
-black krim

I would love to be able to grow enough to make sauce and freeze them etc, but at least with my 4 plants I will have cherry tomatoes to snack on and hopefully lots of yummy tomato sandwiches.

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Post  FarmerValerie on 4/23/2011, 9:07 am

I found a pretty neat source for tomato seeds, I know some of you frown on collections, but they do have some neat collections, one is for kids, one for cool coastal areas, one for warm coastal areas, and so on.
http://www.tomatofest.com/Tomato_Seeds_collections_s/4.htm

They also have a map, the Tomato Growing Zone Map, a bit more detailed than the USDA map. It's more of a growing zone map, broken down by climate.
http://www.tomatofest.com/tomato-growing-zone-map.html#BGClimate10e


Also if you use containers, or want to use containers, or are moving soon, here is some free info on the EarthTainer.
http://earthtainer.tomatofest.com/

I'ts a pretty neat concept, but to me personally too much left over material. There are 3 videos on making the EarthTainer, makes for a good rainy time spender.

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Post  Bayou Life on 4/23/2011, 4:23 pm

Wow, and I thought I had lots of different varieties.  I'm humbled by some of these lists.  My selection this year:

Black krim
Brandywine
Creole
Beefsteak
Beefmaster
Cherokee purple
Yellow pear
Red cherry large fruited
Early girl
Early treat
Super boy, which was a cubscout project.
And up to 2 other mystery varieties caused by a tag mix up either at the warehouse or the nursery.  Their in house expert thinks they may be brandywines.  I hope so, because the ones I started from seed haven't set a tomato yet, and these are setting up to 6 a day.

Already planned additions for next season:
German Johnson
Black pineapple
Bull heart

A plant database would be nice on this forum.  Then we could share success and failures, taste ratings, or overall ratings for different areas.

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Post  corrermucho on 4/23/2011, 8:20 pm

I have a question about tomatoes. Mel says that you should trim all the sides off the tomato vine. I trust Mel, but I am worried about damaging the tomato. Can somebody help/reassure me? Thanks, Marc

Also, I am growing:
Beefsteak
Early Girl
Roma
Yellow
Better Boy Hybrid
and I bought a Mr. Smiley Heirloom plant yesterday. The kids liked it!

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Post  camprn on 4/23/2011, 8:27 pm

I pruned my tomatoes quite a lot last year, primarily to promote good ventilation through the bed. You can see more of them in my Album in the Gallery. There are multiple threads on this forum about pruning and pinching. You can use the search feature to find them.

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