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Old 08-07-2013, 04:24 PM   #101
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #102
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I have 4 plants of tomatoes, and so far had only 2 ripen ones. They are slow this year.
CWS, where do you get the seeds for heirloom tomatoes? Do you keep them from previous year or do you by seedlings? I'd like to plant some next year. My kids love them.
We keep seeds each year. Most of our heirlooms are Brandywines. They have a leaf more like a potato plant than like a "modern" tomato plant. Thinner skins, so they don't keep as long "on the shelf" as modern tomatoes, and they are not as "pretty" as modern tomatoes, but man, are they ever good.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:48 PM   #103
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Charlie, I've bought heirloom seeds from Tomato Grower's Supply Co. http://www.tomatogrowers.com/ They also have bell peppers, hot peppers, cucumbers, etc. Very good quality. I love Brandywines, too, as well as Mortgage Lifter.

We had a very cool, wet spring, so I didn't get my plants in as early as I usually do, so our crop is behind, too. I've had a few small tomatoes and a bunch of cucumbers, Fresno peppers, jalapeņos and cayennes. I got two summer squash before the borers did.


We also have a tomatillo volunteer in the bed we're going to redo - I just noticed it yesterday, so I need to weed around it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 05:39 PM   #104
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thanks so much, lt! i didn't realize i was getting a tomato cookbook when i clicked onto your link. i won't be doing any tomato gardening, but i will surely make use of some of the tomato recipes in there!
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We keep seeds each year. Most of our heirlooms are Brandywines. They have a leaf more like a potato plant than like a "modern" tomato plant. Thinner skins, so they don't keep as long "on the shelf" as modern tomatoes, and they are not as "pretty" as modern tomatoes, but man, are they ever good.
Would you, please, consider sharing some of your seeds for the next year?
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:31 PM   #106
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Would you, please, consider sharing some of your seeds for the next year?
Charlie, Seedsavers. Org is a good place to get heirloom seeds: http://www.seedsavers.org/onlinestore/

As I recall, Burpee's also has heirloom varieties.
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Would you, please, consider sharing some of your seeds for the next year?
Oh yes.
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Good, so some times the next winter we have to figure out how you could send them to me. Thanks in advance.
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The canner is heating for my sauce. Be about 5 pints.
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I have 4 plants of tomatoes, and so far had only 2 ripen ones. They are slow this year.....
Charlie, I read this trick in The Mother Earth News decades ago: to fool your tomatoes into thinking it's time to ripen, take a garden spade and cut into the soil about a foot (maybe a bit closer) away from the stem. They think it's autumn and start to turn red.

This was written up in an article about a guy getting tired of his neighbor always bragging about the first red tomato - and this guy just HAD to beat out his neighbor! Never tried it - our garden was on the south wall of our house. They ALWAYS ripened early!
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