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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:44 pm 
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My rooftop plants are all LOADED with fruit, mostly plum sized. The ones out in my community plot have a few small fruit so far (gumball sized). Both still have lots of blossoms. I planted tomatoes in both spots this year for a Science! type comparison. They really seem to do better on the roof. It is scorching up there! They seem to dig it though. Maybe the roof guys will ripen first and I'll get two waves of fruit? That would be optimal!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:54 pm 
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i pruned my tomatoes today! i was scared to do it before, but i realized it's really easy to spot the suckers, and i just plucked all those suckers off. i hope they're inspired to start producing more fruit now, because so far they've been taking their time.


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I pruned a little bit too!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:38 pm 
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I finally have itty bitty, green fruits!!!


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I have a ton of green guys and I HAD two tomatoes turning red... The squirrels ate them :(


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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:48 pm 
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This is my 5x20' raised bed and the tomatoes are at the back. I've got 6 bandywines and an early girl set up in a bamboo and chicken wire contraption. They're just starting to flower. I posted that pic on June 18th and the tops of the tomatoes are well above the crossed bamboo sticks today. I reckon they'll be 6' by the end of this week. I'll need to write about that set up in depth soon. It's actually working out better than I thought it would, without the need to indivually stake each plant.

I've also got 2 tiny tims that are larger than what the seed packet described (1x1'). I harvested 2 red cherry tomatoes and there are many green ones waiting.

Everything is a very nice size, actually. During the wet Spring, I managed to control the moisture and heat levels by draping plastic sheeting over the hoop frame. Read what else is growing in there.

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I have no progress to report because someone stole my tomato (and basil) plants from my front yard!! Drunk hooligans methinks. :(

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:07 am 
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RatsRGods wrote:
I have no progress to report because someone stole my tomato (and basil) plants from my front yard!! Drunk hooligans methinks. :(

Seven hells! Are you serious?!

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Lots of little green globes on the large tomato plants!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:05 pm 
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IsaChandra wrote:
RatsRGods wrote:
I have no progress to report because someone stole my tomato (and basil) plants from my front yard!! Drunk hooligans methinks. :(

Seven hells! Are you serious?!



Sadly, yes. Cleveland is a rough town.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:01 pm 
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Mean Soybean, that is one helluva set up! Yay for your progress!

Rats--are you kidding me? That is terrible. There's a special place in outer space for people like that. They must have really needed the food. Crikey.

I have not checked on my babies since pre-move. I moved 98% of my garden to a friends house and she has been tending to them. I'm anxious to see how they are doing and will take some more photos. I'm going through serious gardening withdrawal now that I'm in the Pop n' Fresh Condo neighborhood. I have one sad parsley plant and a basket of chamomile.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 5:49 pm 
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Mean Soybean, that is one helluva set up! Yay for your progress!


Thanks! (Horray for home ownership)

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I went to visit the babies last night. I have quite a few baby tomatoes, but one plant has blossom end rot. Dang! I'll have to doctor it with some Ca/Mg. I cried as I picked half a dozen potentially good tomatoes off the vine.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:52 pm 
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That's lame Jewbacca!

Also, Mean Soybean, looks like you're going to have tons of tomatoes!

My tomato "progress" is stubbornly stuck at flowers only due to crappy weather. It's 65 degrees and raining right now. :(

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:58 pm 
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I love this thread so much!!
Will post mine soon!
I can't wait to see little toms appear on my plants!
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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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Muffin-Tuffin wrote:
My tomato "progress" is stubbornly stuck at flowers only due to crappy weather. It's 65 degrees and raining right now. :(

Lame for sure! This is the first year I've ever thought maybe I'd like to move to California.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:12 am 
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All but one plant (8/9) have fruits. One plant looks diseased, I think the grade of seed I saved from a garden peach tomato was bad, so the plant produced fruits, but they are very very weak. I'll have to spring for buying seeds from a healthy plant. 2 plants now have Ca/Mg deficiency, which is so frustrating, because I feed them all the same thing! Perhaps the Roma breed needs more? Tomatillos covered in blooms but no fruit. Has any one grown these before?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:14 pm 
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Hey I grew tomatillos two years ago! I believe they are not self pollinating, so you need quite a few.Not sure if that's contributing to your issue...

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:09 pm 
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I finally pruned. There were some casualties but hopefully it was all for the best.

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Muffin-Tuffin wrote:
Hey I grew tomatillos two years ago! I believe they are not self pollinating, so you need quite a few.Not sure if that's contributing to your issue...

Whoops, I better go buy another tomatillo...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:38 pm 
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I have some MAJOR pruning to do because I've got some mildly alarming yellow and brown spotting action going on toward the bottom of two plants -- it spread from being on just one plant to the plant right next to it, which is concerning as all hell considering 11/14 of the tomatoes are on the same side of the yard. It definitely doesn't look like blight, fungus, or mold, but I've never seen anything like it before. The dirt is brand spanking new (we built the beds in May) and the plants are 100% homegrown from organic heirloom seed, so I have no idea what the problem could be. We did get a ton of rain a few days ago, but other than that, it's been hot and dry for weeks. AUGH. Other than a few brown/yellow-y leaves toward the very bottom of those 2 plants, which I've been picking off as I see over the past few weeks, everything looks beautiful and overgrown and happy.

All 14 of my plants have baby tomatoes! Largest green tomato so far belongs to Ananas Noire. It's gonna look like this someday:
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Most prolific plants are Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Gajo de Melon, and Pink Grapefruit.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
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(((shaking fist at air))) Damn you, USB drive! Where are you? I want to post pics. I took a ton of pics yesterday while visiting the tomato babies at my buddy Victoria's house. Still struggling with some blossom end rot on the one Roma plant. Looks like the garden peach plant is diseased, but it has FIVE freakin' fruits on it and they are growing just fine. Weird. All of the other toms have fruits, but none are ripe. I scored some grape tomatoes at the farmer's market last week and made some salsa because I just couldn't wait.

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 Post subject: Re: The tomato progress thread
PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:21 am 
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I have some MAJOR pruning to do because I've got some mildly alarming yellow and brown spotting action going on toward the bottom of two plants -- it spread from being on just one plant to the plant right next to it, which is concerning as all hell considering 11/14 of the tomatoes are on the same side of the yard. It definitely doesn't look like blight, fungus, or mold, but I've never seen anything like it before. The dirt is brand spanking new (we built the beds in May) and the plants are 100% homegrown from organic heirloom seed, so I have no idea what the problem could be. We did get a ton of rain a few days ago, but other than that, it's been hot and dry for weeks. AUGH. Other than a few brown/yellow-y leaves toward the very bottom of those 2 plants, which I've been picking off as I see over the past few weeks, everything looks beautiful and overgrown and happy.

All 14 of my plants have baby tomatoes! Largest green tomato so far belongs to Ananas Noire. It's gonna look like this someday:
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Most prolific plants are Black Cherry, Yellow Pear, Gajo de Melon, and Pink Grapefruit.



Steph, those are GORGEOUS!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:38 pm 
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Ugh today there was major breakage! I was watering and I guess that weighed them down too much. If a branch splits but doesn't totally break off, can I splint it or something? There are 4 fruits on it that I want to save! But in good news, all 8 plants have fruit and seem to be doing beautifully! No buggy disasters or disease, everyone is happy and healthy so far. Except for the ones I effed up pruning.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:04 pm 
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Isa, I'm no expert, but I don't think that branch can be saved. Pickled green tomatoes?

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All 14 of my plants have baby tomatoes! Largest green tomato so far belongs to Ananas Noire. It's gonna look like this someday:
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I'm growing Ananas Noire too! Plus Zebra Cherry, Black Cherokee, Egg Yolk, and a few others, including a mystery tom that volunteered in my strawberry patch.

My tomato plants are still pretty small. I started them from seed and was probably too protective in taking them outside. I have a gazillion of them- so many that I potted some in addition to planting them. The ones in pots seem to be doing a little better. I'm not sure why. Anyway. I've counted five teeny green tomatoes thus far!
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