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Post  TxGramma 8/25/2013, 10:37 pm

SG don't you just love finding the hidden surprises. It's just one of the many things that make gardening so fun. 125...tomato heaven! Congrats and enjoy. If I lived closer I would take you up on that taste test. Good luck on seed saving and/or overwintering some sucker plants...keep us updated.
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Post  southern gardener 8/26/2013, 12:27 am

camprn wrote:SG, do you have any tulle ? just use a small patch of it to cover the flowers for a few days.
I don't have tulle, but I have some brown paper bags? AND the dreaded bird netting!!! aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh LOL!! I'll find something to use. Thank you for all the help!!
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Post  CapeCoddess 8/28/2013, 1:07 pm

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I'm certainly not loaded with them like you are, SG, and these may be the only 2 that I get off this plant as the others are way up at the top, small and green still.  But I'm so excited that I just had to share them with you!  They are pink! I love you 

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Post  southern gardener 8/28/2013, 5:33 pm

Those are some beauties!!! congrats CC!!!! cheers cheers cheers 
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Post  southern gardener 9/13/2013, 4:24 pm

more from this same vine. i found a limb from this same vine growing under the pumpkin plant that is loaded as well! We put about 30 in the freezer last week!!

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Post  sanderson 9/13/2013, 7:36 pm

I bought a fresh brandywine at the Exposition because a lot of you like them. First I was going to eat it, now I am going to harvest the seeds first. It's now so ripe it is intense dark pink, leaning towards red.
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Post  southern gardener 1/1/2014, 4:59 pm

unit649 wrote:Looking so good that I can almost taste those.  How many have you harvested so far?
Madge

Madge, I don't know if I ever replied to your question? We harvested over 100. I'm going to say close to 150. This was by far the best plant and the best tasting tomatoes we've ever grown and tasted Smile
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Post  southern gardener 6/20/2014, 5:19 pm

welp...the pig manure garden is at it again! We planted another Brandywine Sucker in here, and it too is going crazy! Dark green and nice thick stems. We also did a Golden Sunsweet cherry that is doing amazing. Will post pics soon when we get our maters!!
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Post  CapeCoddess 6/20/2014, 5:21 pm

Uh boy...I love watching your pig poop at work!
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Post  southern gardener 6/20/2014, 5:59 pm

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Here are a couple of pictures of the vines, and stem. The leaves are about the size of my hand. Branches are about 2-3 times the size of a pencil?  Dark green! Only been watering every week or so if that!!
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Post  Marc Iverson 6/20/2014, 7:53 pm

Looks very nice! Let's see if the blossoms set, though.
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Post  southern gardener 7/10/2014, 2:05 pm

Marc Iverson wrote:Looks very nice!  Let's see if the blossoms set, though.
yep...setting and producing!! yummo!! 

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Post  Marc Iverson 7/10/2014, 6:19 pm

Ooh, nice!

I don't know why, but for some reason I really like potato-type leaves on tomatoes. I guess just because it's surprising and different.
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Post  sanderson 7/11/2014, 1:29 am

I was so looking forward to raising Brandywines this year. I'm going to keep the faith and try tomatoes again.
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Post  FamilyGardening 7/11/2014, 4:19 am

oh SG those look Amazing .....wow!!.... looks like they are starting to blush too Smile

happy gardening
rose....who wants to know how SG is going to eat those beauties?
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Post  southern gardener 8/13/2014, 1:08 am

Marc Iverson wrote:Looks very nice!  Let's see if the blossoms set, though.
yep, and still growing strong!!

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About 70 of them on the vine so far!! Already harvested about 20ish??
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Post  TGCooper 8/13/2014, 10:01 am

Southern Gardener,

I read through this entire thread and got hungry!  Its only 9 AM here and I did have breakfast!  LOL  Great job on your garden and thanks for posting so many pictures and info.  Gives a newbie like me something to aspire to.  Anyway, since the thread originated last year and there was discussion both of overwintering suckers and saving seeds from your mega-productive Brandywine, I was wondering if either or both worked out and you were able to plant its offspring this year.

Thanks,
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Post  southern gardener 8/13/2014, 11:25 am

TGCooper wrote:Southern Gardener,

I read through this entire thread and got hungry!  Its only 9 AM here and I did have breakfast!  LOL  Great job on your garden and thanks for posting so many pictures and info.  Gives a newbie like me something to aspire to.  Anyway, since the thread originated last year and there was discussion both of overwintering suckers and saving seeds from your mega-productive Brandywine, I was wondering if either or both worked out and you were able to plant its offspring this year.

Thanks,
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TG...due to several surgeries, I was not able to do the overwintering thing. I was blessed to find another Brandywine (red) at Home Depot in the spring tho!. I planted it in our back yard garden, and took a sucker and put it in this bed. It was a SMALL sucker, this plant has surpassed it's mother plant! There's something to pig manure I tell ya! I think I'm going to do this again next year, maybe only get a couple of plants, then start suckers to keep plants going. We have TONS of cherry tomatoes! I think my 6 packs were labeled wrong too. We have almost all cherry and hardly any "regular" maters in the back although they're all doing well Smile. I pulled another sucker off of the Brandywine, and stuck it in our trellis garden with a nice helping of pig manure, so sort of doing an experiment!  God bless!! There is another thread called, "moved our beds" that has more pics if you're interested! have a great day!!
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Post  southern gardener 8/25/2014, 5:45 pm

welp...here we go again!!  love this!!

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Post  HLMullaney 8/25/2014, 6:34 pm

Shocked  I am so jealous!!  I can't get a brandywine tomato EVER!!!  I've tried several times and they just keep burning up.
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Post  southern gardener 8/25/2014, 6:38 pm

HLMullaney wrote:Shocked  I am so jealous!!  I can't get a brandywine tomato EVER!!!  I've tried several times and they just keep burning up.
oh man Sad  Ours in the back garden just did "OK", but this front garden is great for our maters! There were close to 70 on this one vine last week!! 
What's in your soil HLMullaney??
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Post  HLMullaney 8/25/2014, 6:46 pm

We are using native soil unfortunately because we don't own the land we are growing on. It's pretty sandy. We added a lot of peat to it to help hold some of the moisture. I want raised beds so bad!!!  I'm going to have to wait until I get my own house! In the meantime, I'm going to try to find a supplier of compost that won't break my bank account.
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Post  southern gardener 8/25/2014, 7:54 pm

you might want to check out the free film called Back to Eden if you can't afford to do raised beds. It's an amazing and mostly free concept that flat works!!
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Post  Marc Iverson 8/25/2014, 8:20 pm

southern gardener wrote:welp...here we go again!!  love this!!

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LOL, it's always fun to see the little helpers!
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Post  AtlantaMarie 8/28/2014, 9:38 am

WOW!  Wish mine were that big!

Your helper is adorable...!
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