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Old 07-30-2014, 03:14 PM   #11
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We pinch the suckers and "top" them. This helps to keep them from growing too tall and encourages them to fill out. So far, we have had a more than bountiful harvest.
Between the weeding, killing potato bugs, and harvesting, I try to keep the suckers under control...I don't usually get to topping them.
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Between the weeding, killing potato bugs, and harvesting, I try to keep the suckers under control...I don't usually get to topping them.
Sometimes I root the tops and plant them for a late season harvest. Am thinking about doing that this weekend.
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Nice, Steve! I want Purple Cherokee seeds!
As long as it's not breaking any laws, I would be happy to send you some in the fall.
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Old 07-30-2014, 05:50 PM   #14
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As long as it's not breaking any laws, I would be happy to send you some in the fall.
I'll give you a US address to send them to me. That would be AWESOME!
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:16 PM   #15
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Thanks for the tips guys!

I sort of passively pinch suckers. I don't normally do it on the cherry tomatoes as I find they make such a crazy amount of tomatoes anyway.

At the end of the season I pick all the green ones, usually several buckets, and drop them off to my grandmother and if there's leftovers I take them to her sisters. They make green tomato chow.

Spaghetti sauce, salsa, and just plain jarred tomatoes are in my near future. Lol


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Old 07-31-2014, 09:09 AM   #16
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I am very blessed to live in the south, where we have tomatoes ripe by the fourth of july and keep them coming into late September or october by planting late bushes. I grow all my plants from seeds. My favorite are Rutger's, Pink Girl and Brandywine. I grew some cherokee purple this year and they are nice slicing and good flavor. one thing I do is build my own cages. I buy 4 or 5 foot high concrete wire, the kind you put into concrete when you pour it, it is a much stronger cage and hold the tomatoes much better than those conical shaped things you get at Lowes. If you truly loves tomatoes - check this forum out. Tomatovilleģ Gardening Forums
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:21 AM   #17
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I use cattle panels to cage my tomatoes. Cattle panels are heavy wire, 4 by 6 inch mesh, 4.5 feet tall and 16 feet long. I use two, set about 15 inches apart, with tomatoes set in between about 2 feet apart. I hang the panels on t-posts, two per panel. I have 4 sets of these, and I can plant about 36 tomatoes in the space.

Putting them up is hard work, especially alone :( , but once they are up and planted, all I have to do is go by and poke stray branches back inside. They last forever and are easier to store than cylinders of wire.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:31 AM   #18
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Hi Folks,

This year I planted 30 tomato plants. I live in Atlantic Canada, and we have a short season so I usually don't get the full harvest. Usually the first frost comes while they're still developing tomatoes. So after last year I decided to grow more plants to make up for it.

I grew them from seed, a mixture of a red heirloom, and I picked up a "mosaic tomato mix" from veseys that's all cherry or grape tomatoes. Some yellows, purples, reds. They're all green now but I can't wait to make pretty salads!

I didn't lose a plant. I'm having space issues but they're producing well.

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Don't waste the green ones at the end of the summer. Green tomato chutney is good with cheese and those people who live south of you eat them fried. I'll be trying the latter if I get organised enough next year to plant up.
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:37 AM   #19
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Nice job. I have only six plants and have had to take tomatoes to the bar to give them away. I hope you have a better use for them than I do. lol

Its either sandwiches or sliced as a side dish.
I lost one plant BTW and I have overcrowding issues as well. Live and learn I guess.
That reminds me of when I had a glut some years ago. People started avoiding me in the street in case I had home-grown tomatoes about my person and whenever I rang up my best friend for a chat her first response was "I don't need any tomatoes!"

My aunt used to make tomato ketchup to her secret recipe. She told me last summer that she had done 50lbs of tomatoes. Sadly she died a few weeks ago and took the recipe to her grave.
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Thanks for the tips guys!

I sort of passively pinch suckers. I don't normally do it on the cherry tomatoes as I find they make such a crazy amount of tomatoes anyway.

At the end of the season I pick all the green ones, usually several buckets, and drop them off to my grandmother and if there's leftovers I take them to her sisters. They make green tomato chow.

Spaghetti sauce, salsa, and just plain jarred tomatoes are in my near future. Lol


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Most books advise against freezing tomatoes but I find they are fine for later use in pasta sauces or anything where you want the tomatoes squishy anyway.
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