Vegetables and Fruit forum: Tomatoes for 2013

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 6, 2013 2:44 PM CST
Which varieties are you growing? I seeded 62 varieties last weekend. The hardest to find seed was for Starfire, which ironically was bred in Canada, but the only seed source that I found was Victory Seeds in Oregon.
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 6, 2013 9:05 PM CST
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Wait until I tell my son! He thinks I plant too many and I only did about 25 varieties!!!!

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seriously, what do you do with them all and why so many?
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 6, 2013 9:17 PM CST
Great list, so organized. I wish I had time for that.

LOVE Aunt Ruby's German green. Good seller at market too.

Surprisingly, only a couple others that I did.

Akers West Virginia - heirloom
Big Beef - hybrid
Bolseno - hybrid
Brad's Black Heart - heirloom
Dwarf Jade Beauty (green)
Martin
JD's Special C-tex -(black heirloom)
Limbaugh's Legacy - heirloom
Dwarf MR. Snow
Dwarf Rosella Purple
Stump of the World (awesome tomato! - heirloom)
Sungella - cherry
Thesaloniki - heirloom
Zogola - heirloom
cherokee chocolate - heirloom
Riesnestraub - grape heirloom
VB Russian - heirloom
Opalka - sausage - heirloom
Climbing Trip L Crop (free from someone so I threw them in, seeds were like 10 years old but they germinated!
Ultimate Openers (I don't even remember this one)
Romeo roma - heirloom
Cherokee Purple - heirloom
Wes -heirloom
Brandywine Yellow - heirloom

Okay, it's only 24. I had to cut back. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 6, 2013 9:36 PM CST
Joanna, do you save seeds from your heirlooms? A couple look really interesting. I'd might give them a try.I have a shoe box full of seeds but again, I don't remember but just a couple on your list.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Mar 6, 2013 10:58 PM CST
It is nuts! Rolling on the floor laughing Almost all are pre-sold though. I keep about 24 for myself. I sent my list out 2 days ago and 80% are spoken for. It is a crazy amount. I have one rule. They all need to be picked up before Mother's Day. One community garden bought 90 and they take them the end of April.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 6, 2013 11:02 PM CST
I haven't heard of most of yours on the list. I don't save the seeds but have a huge stash of bought seeds. They stay viable for years. I started the spread sheet years ago and just keep adding to it. That's the easiest way for folks to choose the ones they want and also for me to keep track of their order.
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 6:38 AM CST
That's fantastic though! You get to grow them and make some $$

What a great selection of varieties you have!

We started out with my son getting interested in gardening and tomatoes and garlic were his FAVORITES. He got a lot of seeds in trade from Seed Savers and some other tomatoes sites. Hence, the shoe box full of seeds. He did a spreadsheet, but it's not nearly as nice as yours! Green Grin!

Then when he bought 7 acres and asked me if I wanted to move down to Ga and do market gardening, he would supply the land, equipment, seeds, etc, I couldn't pass it up. Now we only do two rows of tomatoes (50 ft.) because we are just a hobbyist market gardener. But our customers LOVE that we have so many varieties. We do samples and sell out almost all the time, at $3 lb.!!!

But you know how it goes, I can't be sure what will/won't germinate so I always plant some extra Green Grin! Hilarious! First year I planted them in the "field" between the garden and orchard and the deer kept eating them. Finally we fenced it in and they got so stocky and bushy, they were wonderful tomatoes. Had tomatoes into November that year.

Last year I planted some extra to see if I could sell the plants. Turned into about 100 plants...sold all but about 10. then they started requesting certain varieties. So, this year I planted some requests (Cherokee Purple) even though it's a good tomato, it doesn't really do well down here. AND, since we do the same with peppers, I planted some extra peppers this year to see if I can sell some plants. LOTS of varieties of peppers to. All sweet though, the hots we couldn't even give away. Well, one jalapeno...

I may try and copy your database though, it's so clear and simple to read!!!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 8:27 AM CST
I can email you the spreadsheet. Just send me you email address
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 8:38 AM CST
I have a small city garden, but your set-up sounds awesome. We have a farm that we plant an enormous amount of potatoes at, but it is about a 5.5 hour drive from here, and it would be difficult to care for other crops. The potatoes are ok with limited care.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 8:45 AM CST
And GARLIC! Rolling on the floor laughing

But 24 tomatoes is a lot for a city garden. Do you do in containers?
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 8:52 AM CST
this is from two years ago, but pretty much how we grow our tomatoes. Concrete mesh made into circles, strung along the top to secure. Thumb of 2013-03-07/abhege/fc80fa
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 9:05 AM CST
I have 4 Maxi-Kap systems which hold 3 plants each, a small veggie garden and also put tomatoes in the flower beds and large containers. Here's some photos from July 23, 2012. And the potato farm July 1st a few years ago

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Wow, those are tall tomatoes!
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 9:15 AM CST
OMG! Your backyard is a dream!!! You really pack a lot into that space. I'm sure you love being in the yard, I sure would!

Everything sure looks lush. I cannot seem to get it all together to ever finish my plan. Doesn't help that I am taking care of the market garden all summer. But I can enjoy a lot of my flowers there also. And I love when the lettuce starts to get a bit bigger, it's so colorful!

Nice greenhouse! I can't wait to get mine into shape.

Beautiful pic of potato farm and I drool over that dark soil! It looks so fertile.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Thanks!
Here's the garden late August last summer
The thread "Late August 2012 @ Joannabanana's" in Garden Photos forum
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 10:18 AM CST
ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING! I hang my head in shame...

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Hilarious! I could never grow tomatoes as big as yours. We always seem to get a huge hail storm that is destroys everything. Last year one hit on July 31st and it took a few weeks for the plants to bounce back. Some didn't. My car has $2K of damage
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Georgia Garden Sages Organic Gardener Beekeeper Vegetable Grower
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abhege
Mar 7, 2013 10:42 AM CST
Oh no! That would be depressing. Sorry about your car.

I started a lot more flowers for cutting this year. I will try and take lots of pictures this year and post later. Nothing fancy, row after row, after row. but I did try to plant some combinations, like annual blue salvia (per. for me) next to orange asclepia. but I do two rows (3'x50') of zinnia, one of yarrow, one of glads, one of snappys and a mixed of phlox and echinacea and a couple other things thrown in for the sake of somewhere to put them Rolling on the floor laughing

I love all your petunias! I am going to have to do more this year. I started some from seed but I think I'll buy some and do cuttings and over winter...much easier (I think?) My daughter is the one who is very good with her beds and containers. Me, not so good.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Mar 7, 2013 11:29 AM CST
No doubt, there are many vegetative varieties available this day and age. The seed varieties are great as well. My most fave petunia is a Supertunia Vista BubbleGum, as you seen in the photos. I have info in the Top 10 Annuals thread regarding Petunias and also, you may enjoy two ATP gardening ideas that I did: Big Balls of Colour and The Journey to Your Garden. Just click on my name and you will see the articles
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 7, 2013 12:33 PM CST
Amazing tomato plants Arlene! Thumbs up I envey you all that room it looks like you have.

Joanne, you have a lovely yard. Thumbs up

Well, I bought lots of tomato seeds last fall so I could start my own tomato plants this spring. But I haven't done anything about it yet. Never have tried to do my own tomato plants from seed before. I was all up for doing it last fall but now that spring is comming and it's time to start, I am not so enthusastic.

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