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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:27 pm 
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Gorgeous Toms, Mars!

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Mars, OMG. Awesome!

My harvest from today (pardon the peppers):
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Ten different varieties of tomatoes!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:06 am 
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Ahhhhhhhh! I saw my first-ever tomato hornworm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was covered in parasitic wasps just like this.. and still wriggling around, 100% alive. When I went out to check on it again an hour later, another non-wasp-bearing hornworm had crawled up onto the branch beside it. Were they helping each other?! Was the dying hornworm sending a message to its loved ones through the healthy one?! I have way more than enough tomatoes (probably harvested upwards of 30-40 pounds this month), so they're welcome to their share.. but hot damn, I am so terrified of bugs.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:56 am 
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Steph, there is NEVER just one hornworm. Start looking under your leaves for eggs. If you have parasitic wasps, you should be good. You still might want to have Bt as a back up or get some nematodes to water in the soil to get to the moths that haven't emerged just yet. Life cycle is as follows= moth wakes up from the soil, lays eggs on your leaves, caterpillar nom-noms and makes you cry, and then they go to the soil to pupate into a moth.

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OMIGOD stop saying hornworms!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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stephanie wrote:
Mars, OMG. Awesome!

My harvest from today (pardon the peppers):
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Ten different varieties of tomatoes!

AMAZEMOTS!!!!

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All of this was one night's haul.
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And this was taken the same time as the other ones above, all of the tomatoes in the pictures above are still fresh and sitting on my counter!
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Here's the sauce after we left it on all night!
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TOMCRAZY!

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Picked 26.75 pounds of tomatoes today. Today! A lot of them split because we just got whomped with two rainstorms in a row.
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Canning the beefsteak tomatoes -- Italian tomato sauce, hot sauce, and BBQ sauce. Dehydrating the cherry tomatoes. So awesome.

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ah. after watching everybody here grow tomatoes, my spring is here and i can grow tomatoes antipodean-style. so excited!


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I had to hang over my apartment balcony to pick these dudes! We made roasted cherry tomato bruschetta. It was pretty amazing!

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its been cold- in the 40s for the last week at night, and rainy- my tomatoes are barely ripening, and most of them are splitting- do i just call it a day and start picking them and making green tomato relish? my plants are still flowering, does this mean i still have a chance for more toms if it warms back up?


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Jildez, you'll want to cover those babies up at night, but as long as they are growing, flowering, temps are at least 70 during the day, they'll keep making tomatoes. You might want to pick the ones with split fruit and fry them, or some of them scab. It's up to you. Splitting fruit is very common in tomatoes this year because the weather has been so feast or famine with rainfall.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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I'm having something similar. My tomatoes seem to be at a standstill. They're just green and not changing, and it's been that way for at least 2 weeks. Is the party over?

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Is it still hot for you Isa? I read something about covering the base of the tomato plant with banana peels when it gets too cool for them to ripen, and it will ripen them, basically by rotting the plant. So only do this when you are sure you're dome growing any. If it's still hot for you Isa I might wait. Jildez though might be at a good point for this.

That's if it works. I have no idea!

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:13 pm 
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Stephani you are amazing! That's so impressive you're actually going to make so much stuff with all those tomatoes.
And cour the bruscetta looks delicious!

I'm still getting tomatoes, but haven't uploaded pics lately. I have to say the mountain magic tomatoes are so delicious! Maybe the yummiest tomatoes I've grown yet. It is holding up better to the blight than the merlot are too.

I picked a bowl full this weekend and had them in a breakfast quesadilla. Yum. Most of them split because of the hurricane, but they were still good. Now I just have to wait for the rest on my plants to ripen. It has been cool here too, but in past summers I've gotten tomatoes into October, so I'm hopeful for more.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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Mars wrote:
Is it still hot for you Isa? I read something about covering the base of the tomato plant with banana peels when it gets too cool for them to ripen, and it will ripen them, basically by rotting the plant. So only do this when you are sure you're dome growing any. If it's still hot for you Isa I might wait. Jildez though might be at a good point for this.

That's if it works. I have no idea!

What a fun idea! Maybe when I freeze bananas for smoothies I'll try this. Thanks for always having great ideas, Mars! It should be hot here, but it isn't. It's been in the 60s and 70s lately.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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Here is where all of my tomatoes went:

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and a little for me:

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Before the squirrels completely turned my garden into a buffet, I hoarded a bunch in the fridge for over a week. Then on sauce day when I went to pick more, I came back with...four! They don't take the cherry tomatoes or the yellow tomatoes, so at least I have those to snack on.

Also Chester got a few dropped tomatoes from the squirrels, and then he realized that he could just eat them off of the plants. I have looked out of my bedroom window a few mornings to see him disappearing into the jungle, and then the plants start shaking.

Oh well, next year!

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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Isa, what kind of tomatoes are you growing? If they are determinate, then the party might be over. If not, it is likely weather or nutrient related. Some of mine are at a stand still too.

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I just transplanted some tomatoes my dad started for me. Everyone cross your fingers the temp goes down before they need to flower.


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isa and i are probably in the same zone- i'm a little north of her, but an hour and a half east, in the iowa cornfields. I got two tomatoes this week. Its supposed to be the first frost tomorrow, and we live right on the edge of the area that is supposed to get a sustained freeze overnight, so i'm gonna pull a bunch off, cover it all and see if anything survives. The ten days following are supposed to warm up a it, so if they can survive the night, there is hope for a few more. I only have four plants, so i want every tom i can get.

Jewy- i thought that in order to ripen in newspaper or cardboard, they needed to have at least a blush of their color? i don't have many that do, so i was planning on pickling some green tomato relish. I've never had it, but i have all the ingredients, so...


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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:03 am 
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Jildez,
They can be completely green and it will still work. It does take time, but trust me it works. Keep the boxes closed and check every couple of days.

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