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Old 07-17-2011, 10:34 PM   #1
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Let's talk Tomatoes

We didn't get to plant tomatoes in the garden this year because we are moving but we did put several plants into containers. Unfortunately Michigan has had a fairly cool spring and summer until this week. So we only have some smallish very green tomatoes growing. I am so looking forward to that first fresh tomatoe sandwich of the season, slathered with mayo and liberally sprinlkled with salt and lots of pepper. It is one of the things that makes me truly look forward to summer. Sigh, it looks like that first sandwich is still at least amonth away unless I stop at a farm stand and that is just not the same as picking a tomatoe fresh and still warm from your own garden and then making a sandwich before the fruit is more than a minute or two from the vine.

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Old 07-18-2011, 02:02 AM   #2
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Joe I have nine plants in the greenhouse that because of the very strange weather we had in the spring are only now starting to perform after I gave them a good shot of epsom salts.
The 12 Roma's I planted outdoors are growing as normal. I also have 6 tomatillo's that are doing well.
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Old 07-18-2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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My tomatoes in the garden are nearly finished :(. Had a good growing season, didn't need to buy a single tomato for 3 months :). My kids don't even want to eat store bought anymore! I planted Cherrybell, Grape, Beefsteak, Heinz and some yellow pear shaped variety. Thinking of ordering heirloom seeds this year!
Tip: Tomatoes grow well with a mulch of their own leaves and I planted Basil in rows next to them to keep aphids away.
I love tomatoes any way I can get them, tomatoes straight from the garden, soup, juice, sauces etc. I don't go a day without using them!
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:31 AM   #4
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I mulch mine with cardboard and straw--keeps the weeds down and the soil moisture up. They are taller than me right now, loaded with green tomatoes, and a few are starting to color. Won't be long now!!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:18 AM   #5
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I have green tomatoes, but the Brandywines are way behind...all that rain in the spring didn't help--couldn't get in the gardens. My Carolinas "might" be ready before I leave for MN. Looks as if I'm going to miss tomato season.
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Old 07-18-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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I recently found out that commercial growers of tomatoes are engineering them to be more durable when mechanically picked. Has anyone noticed that cutting thru a tomato bought from the supermarket is like cutting thru balsa wood? They've increased the mass of the pulp veins inside to make them more sturdy when mechanically harvested. I just wonder if when you buy plantings, are they gonna turn out like the store bought ones? I hope not. I have some growing now.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:02 PM   #7
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Casion, the plants you buy are not those commercial tomatoes, and they will taste great, because you will not pick them green and artificially ripen them.

For really great tomatoes, try some of the heirlooms. They don't have the high yields of the hybrids, but they make up for it in flavor.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:59 AM   #8
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this year i don't even have potted patio tomatoes to look forward to. but i have located a few farmer's markets and area fruit stands that have been providing me with garden tomatoes, squash, peppers, peaches and nectarines in recent weeks. i am enjoying tomato sandwiches made with hanover tomatoes which i place on a warm window sill for a short while before using, and where others are left to ripen at their leisure. all in all, i can't say i'm feeling particularly deprived of fresh garden fruits and vegetables, but i am missing doing my own gardening these last few years--certainly more than i ever expected i would....
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Joe I have nine plants in the greenhouse that because of the very strange weather we had in the spring are only now starting to perform after I gave them a good shot of epsom salts.
The 12 Roma's I planted outdoors are growing as normal. I also have 6 tomatillo's that are doing well.
Thanks for the epsom salt tip.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:17 AM   #10
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Just ate a sandwich made with fresh brown bread, juicy warm tomatoes from the garden and rocket from the garden, some thick sour cream and celery salt. Delicious!
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