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Post  littlejo on 6/1/2011, 11:21 am

The 10 tomato plants are doing fine. How long does it take for them to start turning red? My hubby is threatening to have fried green tomatoes!!
We are in a drought here, so everything is being watered.
Sw. potatoes and okra loving the heat.
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Re: tomato tues for lower south

Post  FarmerValerie on 6/2/2011, 9:43 am

Okay, I finally have a minute to update with pictures. The Tomato Tuesday concept is just a catchy name and it is not set in stone that you must update on Tuesday only, feel free to pop in with a question or post or pictures any day of the week. TT is just to help remember to post, or ask.

Mystery Tomato.


Panto Romanesco


Amish Paste


KY Beefstake


Black Brandywine


Tomato Row, new supports, White Queen, White current, AR Traveler on left, Panto Romanesco & KY Beefstake on right. Will be stringing maters soon.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/2/2011, 9:48 am

Part two.

More on the mystery tomato, see how after the tomatoes set, there are leaves and then new blossoms?


White Queen


Panto Romanesco


I forgot to get pictures of the cherry tomatoes, and still don't have pictures of the ones still in pots on the porch, alas, maybe next time.
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Post  dizzygardener on 6/2/2011, 9:51 am

Your mystery mater looks like a yellow pear to me.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/2/2011, 9:55 am

That's what we suspect, however we have never had them that big. Last year my daughter had Early Girl tomatoes in that box. We are waiting on them to turn what ever color they will turn.
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Post  dizzygardener on 6/2/2011, 10:07 am

There is another very similar tomato called the yellow bell. It is firmer, larger, and not as sweet as the yellow pear. I'm on my NookColor, so i cant post a link, but google should bring it right up for you.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/2/2011, 10:19 am

HHMMMM, if that's it I wonder where it came from, birds maybe?
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/6/2011, 2:15 pm

I'm posting early for this one, I'm not sure how much time I'll have tomorrow, I hope to update with more on Tuesday, but my to-do list for this week is longer than my arm.

Found this on a couple of tomato plants, curled leaves turning black. I cut them all off, even had to top out one tomato plant, but they always grow back, ask me how I know. I sure do wish my carpenter/painter would repaint that front trailer, I know it's just for storage right now, but it sure makes Tomato Row look sad, but then it also keeps property taxes down....


Finally got some of the tomatoes in Tomato Row strung, I ran out of string.








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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/7/2011, 11:12 am

Okay, more pictures of progress, I won't have this many next time. Also, got some funky things happening with my tomatoes, if you know what it is please share it, I'll be doing a search here on the forum in a bit, I know I've seen what it is before, and I'm a bit tired from being out there, so I am finally going to watch Lonesome Dove on netflix, before doing inside chores.

Homeless tomatoes, these need a box.


Amish Paste.


Panto Romanesco with some serious leaf curling going on.


KY Beefstake with the same leaf curling problem.


Black Brandywine.


White Queen


White Cherry.


Panto Romanesco, this had curled leaves that had black spots all over them yesterday, they went in the burn pile.


THE MONSTER


Looks like THE MONSTER is a Yellow Pear.


Front side of Cherry tomatoes in grandson's box


Backside of Cherry tomatoes


How are your tomatoes doing?
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Re: tomato tues for lower south

Post  Ha-v-v on 6/7/2011, 8:17 pm

I cant remember if those are Sweet 100 or Sweet Million, I shared the
plants with my neighbor I will have to ask her if I can see the tag.
Right next to the sweet 100 is a Creole tomato, developed around 1956 at
Louisiana State University for their weather.



Sweet 100


Creole




Creoles last week


Marion Tomatoes. Im finding the cages make it harder to make it a one vine plant.


Marion Tomatoes



I will have more pics for next week or add as I go this week Smile I am quite happy with our tomato plants this year. I have started some seeds I received from Dixie last year and out of 12 seeds, 10 came up I am quite happy with that !! Ive called them Dixie's surprise.


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Valerie, I love your tomatoes Smile those Amish paste look awesome. I have some San Marzanos I cant wait to see a tomato from.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/7/2011, 10:29 pm

Ha-v-v, those are some awesome looking tomatoes!!!
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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/15/2011, 8:27 am

I am working a "day job" this week and next, so updating on Tuesday is out for this week, and probably next week too. If I'm not just dog tired I'll update on the weekend. I don't know how those of you who work oustide the home do it on a regular basis.
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Still no rain!

Post  littlejo on 6/15/2011, 10:40 am

My tomatoes are doing pretty good, not as large as they could be. I didn't make a 1 branch bush, but will try it next year.
One thing I've learned this year, do not plant tomatos next to cucumbers! I spend lots of time pulling cuke vines out of the toms. I made 2 2 x 8 boxes, tomatoes in the front ft, and cukes in the ft by the fence.




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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/15/2011, 11:06 am

Looks Aweseome!
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Post  walshevak on 6/15/2011, 12:15 pm

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4 red pots and the far yellow pot babysitting tomatos


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Post  FarmerValerie on 6/16/2011, 8:19 am

All of mine are still green, I did have 3 that turned yellow, from a volunteer yellow pear though, but alas the rest are still green.
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Post  petals1973 on 6/21/2011, 10:51 pm

Out of my 38 tomato plants I have 34 left. The heat got to the newly rooted ones and they just didn't make it. There was one of those 4 that was going to make it but when I went to look at the name on the plant I pulled the whole thing out of the ground instead of just the tag. I just decided to put the poor thing out of its misery. Now watch it root in my compost bin. Last week I harvested a couple of yellow plum tomatoes, 1 teeny tiny green zebra and 1 small Mr. Stripey with no stripes. I have 1 pineapple tomato that should be ready soon and that one is a nice size. I have 1 boxcar willie that is still growing, several yellow plum (that my daughter keeps picking before they are ready) and 1 more Mr. Stripey but other than that I have no other tomatoes on any of my plants. I think I was pruning WAY too much. I finally stopped pruning them about 2 weeks ago and so now I seem to have 100's of blossoms on my plants. Seeing that it is hitting the upper 90's I'm afraid they may not set. Is there any hope? Do I have a slight chance that I may get some tomatoes from those blooms??? Any tricks you know of and are willing to share??

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Re: tomato tues for lower south

Post  FarmerValerie on 6/23/2011, 8:36 am

No update this week for me, it's the last week of kid's college, and I'm slap worn out. I learned a few years back that I am no longer 20, but heck, now I'm learning I'm no longer even 30. I also have to help hubby finish the job he's on tomorrow, so no day off before my 5yo grandson is here for a week.........
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Post  littlejo on 7/12/2011, 9:56 pm

Hi all,
I've a tomato question with a pic. Is a Tomato Pear a tomato like a Cherry tomato size? Here's my pic, tomatos less that 2 inches, not a vine. There might be 12 tomatoes on this plant, after all this time. I've been waiting for them to grow some, but now they seem to be getting ripe.







"FarmerValerie" Is your yellow pear below a big tomato?
Looks like THE MONSTER is a Yellow Pear.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 7/13/2011, 8:33 am

Yes, "The Monster" is a yellow pear, the tomatoes are not big, about 2" at the largest, but the plant is, which is why it's nick name is "The Monster".

I'll try to get some pictures of what I have left. I pulled some plants that I just did not like the look of, and after 3 weeks of no new growth, up they went. Everything that was trying to survive with new growth was left to try. I meant to get an update together yesterday, but just ran out of time. I also planted a few suckers, good thing too, the kids (goats) ate my Amish Paste plants, and 2 cherry tomato plants, and cleaned all the yellow pears off of The Monster. I'm hoping to get better results from fall tomatoes, I had picked a few AR Travelers, and they are actually pretty good.

I'm headed out to de-bug the squash and I'll snap some photos of the maters.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 7/20/2011, 9:25 am

I'll try to post pictures I took yesterday today when I come back in.

Ha-a-v, how is that creole doing?
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Post  FarmerValerie on 7/20/2011, 2:39 pm

Okay, here we go, I'm uploading pictures from my phone right now, or at least trying to, sometimes it does not work, okay here we go.


Tomato starts from suckers (good thing too, my goats ate ALL my Amish Paste)


Tomato plant that a tomato hormworm topped out, notice new growth to the right, that will be new top.


Same thing, new growth (sucker) will be new top.


New growth since stringing last week, yes it grew that much so hang on Sherryo!!!


Ninivah Red, actually a pink tomato.


Tomato row, I actually have tomatoes in 2 more spots, but they look kinda heat sick.




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Post  sherryeo on 7/20/2011, 9:33 pm

Very cool, FV. I love the way you strung your tomatoes and would so badly like to try that. My DH is not very handy with that type of thing, though, and I'm not sure I could manage it on my own.

I'm just standing by and watching to see what happens with my 'maters. Well, I'm keeping an eye out for bad bugs and just gave them a little powdered milk to see if that would help them out. We'll see.

Your garden's looking great, though. Hopefully, mine may one day look that good!
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Post  FarmerValerie on 7/21/2011, 8:47 am

I've seen people string them while they were in buckets, or using their trelis frame recommended in Mel's new book. Just think on it and keep your eyes open here on the forum, you'll come up with something. I think camprn has some cool ideas in some of her pictures.
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Post  FarmerValerie on 7/27/2011, 8:19 am

I was unable to go out yesterday morning, it was RAINING!!! That's my update for this week, RAIN. We only got a bit, but I know that just a bit of rain is better than a good dousing with hose water, even if it is well water.
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