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Old 07-30-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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Planted 30 Tomato Plants

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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Old 07-30-2014, 11:54 AM   #2
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Nice, Zygirl!

I always pick all the tomatoes before a hard freeze, even if they're green. They still ripen inside, and we can extend the harvest for quite a while.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:00 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:47 PM   #4
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They look fine and quite healthy. You should get quite a nice return on your work.

It's all we can do to keep up with the tomatoes we planted in containers this year. There are two Roma plants, one beefsteak-type and one each of grape, cherry and yellow baby pear. It's all I can do to pick the ripe fruits off these plants every morning. I can't imagine what it would be like to have as many as you do.

We've eaten tons; given away nearly as many and I'm going to have lots and lots to can for sauce. I'm going to freeze a boat-load of the cherry and grape ones whole to add to chili and stews/soups this winter.

I'm also thinking of halving a bunch of the little critters and making green tomato pickles. We love those.

Guess I'd better get busy.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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Tomatoes like space and will produce more per plant when they have enough room. Also as far as frost goes, when it gets to the point that it is chilly at night use your shovel to cut the root system but leave plant standing, the tomatoes on the vine will get red.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:14 PM   #6
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Do you pinch the suckers? Those are the stems that grow in the crotch of two other stems. They weigh the plant down and take energy from ripening, so they should be removed as the plants grow.

Also, heirlooms generally take 3 to 4 weeks longer to ripen than hybrids. Just FYI, if you didn't know.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:23 PM   #7
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They look fine and quite healthy. You should get quite a nice return on your work.

It's all we can do to keep up with the tomatoes we planted in containers this year. There are two Roma plants, one beefsteak-type and one each of grape, cherry and yellow baby pear. It's all I can do to pick the ripe fruits off these plants every morning. I can't imagine what it would be like to have as many as you do.
Ha-Ha! Multiple that by 10 (30x10), and that's how many tomato plants we plant each year--started from seed. I picked the first two this week--one Oxheart and one Old German yellow. 30 plants is about the # I put in our "kitchen garden." ROFL...oh, but I have to process all those tomatoes...someone please help me up!

FWIW, our Brandywines don't start producing until mid-August. I have read that from seed to fruit, one should allow 4-5 months for heirlooms.
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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.
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Old 07-30-2014, 01:53 PM   #9
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I only have 6 heirloom plants, but it seems like we always have plenty of tomatoes.

Below are Sweet Carneros Pink and Purple Cherokees. I noticed today the pink ones and my Old German Yellows are just starting to turn color.

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Nice, Steve! I want Purple Cherokee seeds!
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