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Post  braim5 on 5/1/2012, 9:45 pm

Tomatoes in the making! Very Happy

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Post  Squat_Johnson on 5/8/2012, 1:03 pm

I might be crazy...

Under the trellis supports, I have 96 tomatoes. This photo is just before I pruned them back, and put up string for them to climb.
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On the outside squares, I have 40 determinate tomato Heinz, and on the inside are various indeterminate tomatoes including:
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Indigo Purple (thanks to Nonna.PapaVino)
Dixie's Sweet (thanks to Dixie)
WV 663 (thanks to PattiPan)
Brandywine
Cherokee Purple
Husky Cherry
Hillbilly
Jet Star

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Post  PeonyLover on 5/8/2012, 1:07 pm

That look AWESOME! but, I have to ask...what is the deal with the red plastic? I've seen red trays too. How does it help the tomatoes? I'm very curious. Thanks Smile
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Post  Squat_Johnson on 5/8/2012, 1:36 pm

The main reason is to have a barrier between the leaves and the soil. There are many fungal diseases that live in the soil, keeps them from being splashed up on the plants.

There are a couple of other benefits...
Supposed to heat up soil and keep water from evaporating (there are soaker hoses under there btw).

Also, when I get a hornworm, you can see the droppings fall on the plastic.

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Post  braim5 on 5/8/2012, 6:43 pm

Roma tomato in a pot. The red stick is a 2 foot long level.

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Brandywine tomato plant.

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My cattle panel trellis. I think I will wish I had not placed the plants so close...

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Brandywine blossom Very Happy

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Post  walshevak on 5/8/2012, 9:41 pm

My tomatos grew half a foot this past week. Most have started blooming.

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Post  RoOsTeR on 5/8/2012, 10:28 pm

Braim and Kay, your tomato plants look fantastic!

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Post  Squat_Johnson on 5/15/2012, 1:13 pm

It's tomato tuesday, and I have a couple photos of my toms. They have been pruned back, and now have strings to climb.

I have been spraying with neem oil as a bug/fungal preventative. I have a few flea beatles, but not as bad as last year.

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Post  walshevak on 5/15/2012, 7:31 pm

OOOOOOH Looking good.

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Post  braim5 on 5/15/2012, 10:43 pm

Your tomatoes are looking good Squat. Here are a few of my tomatoes this morning.

Here is a Super Sweet 100:

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And a Brandywine:

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And Sugary Hybrids:

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Post  coachmack on 5/17/2012, 8:54 am

AMATEUR NEEDS SOME HELP--BIG PLANTS, NO TOMATOES!

Last year I started my amateur SFG with the soil mix from the book. I had 7-foot tall plants and very few tomatoes. This year I have "Mortgage Lifters" and "Cherokee Purple" already two feet tall, and the blooms come out, turn brown and wither away. pale

A friend says that with the chicken and cow manure in the soil mix, I probably have too much nitrogen, but I don't know. I did add some Tomato Tone, but this does not appear to help.

Any suggestions on how to help my tomato plants? You guys are growing some great gardens, and I just want to be able to pluck a fresh tomato off the vine and eat it right there in my garden (if I can get them to grow).
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Post  walshevak on 5/17/2012, 11:30 am

I found this article on "blossom drop" Maybe it will help. Some bone meal may help increase the available potassium.

http://www.tomatodirt.com/blossom-drop.html

Anybody else out there have any ideas.

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Post  dmj24 on 5/17/2012, 12:03 pm

the only caution I have re the use of bone meal is the fact it attracts dogs.
Keep your garden cordoned off if dogs are a problem in your area.
I used it for my Tulips one year and the neighborhood dogs kept digging and licking my soil.
poor tulips never grew from being dug and maimed.
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Post  braim5 on 5/22/2012, 9:09 pm

Super Sweet 100

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Brandywine

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Sugary Hybrid

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Post  rjeverett on 5/29/2012, 10:52 am

My very first Tomato Tuesday post and it is storming outside (which I am very thankful for after record breaking heat the past week!) However I DID take some pictures yesterday so hey it's close enough right? Wink

Two weeks in the ground, Big Beef & Brandywine (which I forgot to tie since she's fruited and had to run out this morning in the thunderstorm to pick her up and tie her down. Thankfully she didn't break!)Tomato Tuesday/Upper South region - Page 3 Brandy10
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And while I don't know if if he will actually catch up enough to produce any fruit this season, I just couldn't let him go. This is a Big Beef Tom that got badly damaged in a hail storm one day after transplant.Tomato Tuesday/Upper South region - Page 3 Bigbee10
I decided to pull him and had just set him in an empty pot next to the bed but got distracted and forgot about him. The next day I remembered to go look at him and see one leaf that had popped out, like a little hand waving at me saying I'm still here! lol So I popped him into a pot with some MM and here he is today, four weeks after the storm, just chugging along.Tomato Tuesday/Upper South region - Page 3 P5270010
Once this rain dies down I think I'll move him to a bigger pot and see how he does.
I know, they're nothing super unique or interesting, but I figured with it being my first SFG season I'd just play it safe with the tried and true Tom's, then expand my horizons once I had some experience under my square foot belt Wink
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Post  walshevak on 5/29/2012, 11:14 am

That little broken tomato may be the only one that will give you late tomatos.

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Post  rjeverett on 5/29/2012, 11:20 am

@walshevak wrote:That little broken tomato may be the only one that will give you late tomatos.

Kay

You think so? I was really hoping that would be the case! So do you think it might be worth my while to go ahead and give him a permanent spot in a bed?
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Post  walshevak on 5/29/2012, 11:27 am

yep, or at least a big pot or bucket of his own.

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Post  Squat_Johnson on 6/19/2012, 12:16 pm

I have come to enjoy Tomato Tuesday. Here's my update:

Indigo Rose has lots of fruit. Haven't ripened as of yet.
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A few are now taller than the trellis.
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A couple of plants are getting heavy with fruit. Cherokee Purple is blushing, and will be on a sandwich next week.
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Post  Squat_Johnson on 7/3/2012, 1:12 pm

Tomatoes are keeping me busy... My girl and I made tomato sauce over the weekend. Looks like it will be Salsa up next.
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Post  southern gardener on 7/3/2012, 1:25 pm

wow squat!! now that's a harvest!! congrats!! cheers
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Post  boffer on 7/3/2012, 1:26 pm

How sweet is that! drooling
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Post  Goosegirl on 7/3/2012, 5:56 pm

Now that's a haul!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 7/3/2012, 7:17 pm

affraid

Shocked *chin on floor* Shocked

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Post  Garrett on 7/11/2012, 11:06 am

@Squat_Johnson wrote:I have come to enjoy Tomato Tuesday. Here's my update:

Indigo Rose has lots of fruit. Haven't ripened as of yet.
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Beautiful garden.....love the Indigo Rose!
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