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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/24/2011, 10:49 am

Hyzleyes, the "edit" feature is apparently timed. Most forums I've run across let you edit your posts for an unliimited amount of time. Here, it's about an hour. If you can't get back in that timeframe, just repost underneath it and roll with it. That's what I've forced myself to do multiple times.

Glad you got it figured out. And, glad our toms are taking off. It's neat to see us all participating.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  Hyzleyes on 6/24/2011, 4:39 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:Hyzleyes, the "edit" feature is apparently timed. Most forums I've run across let you edit your posts for an unliimited amount of time. Here, it's about an hour. If you can't get back in that timeframe, just repost underneath it and roll with it. That's what I've forced myself to do multiple times.

Oh, that makes sense. Thanks BBG!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  herblover on 6/24/2011, 5:08 pm

Well, my tomatoes are just hanging out; the initial blooms dried up and fell off and the bottom leaves on the 'Yellow Pear' are yellowing! Of course, we have had waayyyyyyyy too much rain and cool temps lately! I continue to have blooms and it looks like they are starting to set fruit, but we will see.........

On another tomato topic; anyone have any info on 'Nicki Crane' toms? Not sure I have the proper spelling. I have seeds coming to me from a patient at work and would like to know more about this variety.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  HieronRemade on 6/24/2011, 5:18 pm

I know it's "Nicky Crain" and that they're heart-shaped, but that's about it. Let us know if you find out anything interesting!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  herblover on 6/25/2011, 4:17 pm

@HieronRemade wrote:I know it's "Nicky Crain" and that they're heart-shaped, but that's about it. Let us know if you find out anything interesting!

Here is what I found out; they are an heirloom variety, indeterminate, with consistently shaped fruit for heart-shaped tomatoes. Excellent flavor, pink in color. Can't wait to get some from my patient and save some seeds for next year!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  Goosegirl on 6/28/2011, 8:44 am

Here are some of my volunteers:





It is supposed to be much warmer through the weekend, so I am hoping for next Tuesday I can show measurable growth!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 6/28/2011, 9:26 am

If your temps spike, you will notice. Hopefully, the rootballs are ready to really pop some leafy greenness.

Here are mine....just a quick snap. Not much changed from last week to this one.



What you can see, though, is the missing pepper plants in the front row. And, you will notice one crazy cucumber growing like it's on steroids. The cuke is to the top of the trellis as of this morning, and the trellis is 8 feet high.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  nancy on 6/28/2011, 9:47 am

This is the Ananas Noire that is in the backyard. It is still my best performer. We're really excited about all of the babies! The bottom leaves are still curled, but the plant seems healthy & happy. I took of some of the lower leaves the other night - they had pin-sized holes. Sorry that only the stem is in focus.



The plants down at the garden all seem to be growing very well. There are only a few babies so far. I don't think I can get pictures tonight. Hopefully I will have some for next week! Smile

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Post  laurainwinona on 6/28/2011, 4:02 pm

My tomato plant has flowers on it! Hooray!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  MasonGarden on 6/28/2011, 5:36 pm

Spotted tomatoes on my San Marzano today! The Totem cherry tomatoes are growing nicely (can't wait for them to turn red), and the Yellow Pear, Cherokee Purple, Beefsteak, and Wild Cherry are all flowering! cheers

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  Hyzleyes on 6/28/2011, 11:35 pm

No big updates here this week either. Established plants are growing, tomatoes are growing. Seeing more blossoms and baby tomatoes on the established plants. No noticeable growth on my newer plants (Lemon Boys, Kentucky Beefsteak, Yellow Pear, Roman Candle.)



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Early Girl:



Another Early Girl (I think!):



Better Boy:



And here's a shot of the Yellow Pear that hasn't changed much since I planted it a couple weeks ago:


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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  HieronRemade on 6/29/2011, 12:21 am

No real updates for me either, unless you count that the deer have finally put in an appearance and ate my largest tomato, and I think the terminal shoot off one of my Romas, and several other branches off the other ones. O.o I had sprayed some repellent but I guess all the rain washed it away...today I didn't spray so much as dump. Wink

I started building a trellis for my Romas today...by next week I'll have that done and hopefully some sort of cheap support for my indeterminates, so I'll have some interesting pics then!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  Goosegirl on 6/29/2011, 9:35 pm

@Goosegirl wrote:It is supposed to be much warmer through the weekend, so I am hoping for next Tuesday I can show measurable growth!

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Update on the 'maters - the pics I posted Tuesday were actually taken on Sunday. It has been in the 80's and 90's since Monday and all of my tomatoes are already at least 3" taller - and it is supposed to be 80's and 90's through Monday! I will water them well before I go out of town tomorrow, then there are 2 storms supposedly on the way - I may have corn AND tomatoes knee-high by the 4th of July!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  herblover on 7/5/2011, 4:18 pm

I am actually checking in on Tuesday! "I have little tomatoes........" On both my 'Husky Red Cherry' and 'Yellow Pear'. Still not growing very tall but the plants look strong and healthy.

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Post  Denese on 7/5/2011, 5:33 pm

Really haven't had any tomato news before, cause I didn't get mine in the ground till June 3rd, but today I'm really excited! I have babies!! bounce

My 21 Romas are doing fantastic!



Each and every one has a couple of these!



My Sweet Million has babies, too, but isn't doing as well as the Romas. I think I need to move the pot so it can get more sun. Now I just gotta find the furniture dolly!
That sucker is HEAVY!!


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1st tomato almost ready!

Post  unmadecastle on 7/5/2011, 5:52 pm

I have new babies on my tomatoes. This is a beef steak.

And my first tomato is almost ready to be picked. cheers This is my sweet cherry 100.

I also have more cherry tomatoes starting to ripen.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  westie42 on 7/6/2011, 2:14 am

Picked the seasons first tomato for dinner tonight it was a tennis ball sized red zebra. Since it was still green I had to make fried green tomato from it but could wait no longer to start eating them. So as not to waste the excess egg and seasoned coating flour they were mixed together like a thinner noodle dough which I called my poor mans German spaetzle. Fried it in the same skillet while the toms were cooling and together had a fine combination of fried vegetable with a pasta dish. Waste not want not seemed an appropriate caption for that tasty meal.

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  busygirl on 7/6/2011, 6:03 am

I can't believe that I missed TWO tomato Tuesdays in a row. No new pics because not a lot of progress. First set fruits had BER, so working on the second round now. Not even a blush of ripening, but lots of fruit. Some will be cat-faced b/c of the crazy weather but still tasty, I am sure.

Speaking of which, I gotta go water. I checked in here while I was waiting for it to get light and got distracted!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/6/2011, 3:58 pm

FYI, this time of year I just water every morning. It's just a habit since you can't overwater and most of our setting fruits like peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers need CONSISTENT moisture. Same time of day, same basic amounts. Just make it a habit.

If it gets wicked hot, I also go out in late afternoon and give them another drink. 90°+

I have about 4 like this and about another dozen about the size of grapes on 2 beefsteak plants right now. Grapes and cherries finally coming along, too.



Enjoy the Enjoyment!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  busygirl on 7/6/2011, 9:29 pm

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:FYI, this time of year I just water every morning. It's just a habit since you can't overwater and most of our setting fruits like peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers need CONSISTENT moisture. Same time of day, same basic amounts. Just make it a habit.

If it gets wicked hot, I also go out in late afternoon and give them another drink. 90°+



Enjoy the Enjoyment!

*sigh* I know BBG, but I have literally lost an entire WEEK somewhere. I would have sworn that it was just this past Sunday when it was rainy and 69 here, not the week before. I guess with the holiday I at least have somewhat of an excuse for thinking it was Tuesday all day. Thanks for the "nudge."

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Post  HieronRemade on 7/12/2011, 9:24 pm

Yah I missed two weeks in a row too...w/ the holiday and all it's not surprising.

Anyway my tomatoes are going nuts; it's great because they're setting tons of fruit but they start to look less attractive when they go all crazy so that's a down side, lol. Here are some pics:

Chocolate Cherries:

Nonna's Prize Tomato:

Romas:

Is this what they call Leaf Spot on my Romas? I guess I should spray them with the organic everything-cide I have?

A zoomed-out view of the Romas...you can see what I mean about them going crazy and not looking as attractive as before. Razz

That's about it...all my indeterminates are doing great too, except that they're way overdue to be trellised and I haven't had the time to do it yet. :/

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 7/12/2011, 10:56 pm

Here's a few for you...

Beefsteaks coming along nicely. I have about 6 or so due in the coming weeks.






However, this heat wave will likely halt production/fruit set. I will likely have a month or more between harvests now. Sad


Until next week! Happy Gardening!

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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  nancy on 7/13/2011, 8:58 am

I'm a few weeks off, too. I've had a lot of trouble getting the pictures from my phone to my computer. Grrr... But things are growing great! I've decided the plant in the backyard isn't an Ananas Noire after all - it's a Riesentraube. The grape-like clusters are so fun!





There are 3-4 more clusters in various stages of growth. They aren't doing much in the heat we've had recently, but it's supposed to be cooler the next few days. Maybe we'll get some color changes! I talk to them every day, so they know how excited I am to try them.

Down at the community garden we have a mixed bag. The 5 tomato plants in Kid's Bed #2 aren't fruiting at all. No flowers or anything. I think it is going to get a yummy foliar spray this weekend. What's weird is some of the marigolds are taller than the tomatoes. I've never had tall marigolds before! (Unless it's a weed - I'll have to look closer.)

The plants in the Summer bed have fruit, but only a few. At least they have something!





The white flowers are the cilantro that has been hiding in the middle. Oops. I'll try to cut it back and see if I can still get something from it.

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Post  MasonGarden on 7/13/2011, 10:52 am

Nancy, I'm glad to see your photos since you live in the Cincinnati-area also! I've been looking at "green tomatoes" for a while wondering if something was wrong since none of them have turned red, but I guess it's OK. I have fruit on all of my tomato plants now: Yellow Pear, Cherry, Cherokee Purple, San Marzano, Celebrity, Totem, and Beefsteak, but nothing red (or yellow) just yet. Can't wait!
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Re: Tomato Tuesday Thread (N&C Midwest)..

Post  HieronRemade on 7/13/2011, 11:03 am

Is it the heat that's keeping them green then? I thought tomatoes were a the-hotter-the-better kind of plant. It's funny you guys are talking about that because my two largest Romas are already as big as any you buy at the store and they're still completely green, but last year my Romas rarely even got to 3/4 "store-size" before they were ready to pick.

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