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ATP Podcast #21: All Things Tomatoes

By dave
June 6, 2013

We're having a contest for our new listeners! Additionally, we discuss everything you need to know about tomatoes, how to grow them, how to care for them, and how to deal with their problems.

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Name: Paul Anguiano
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psa
Jun 7, 2013 5:33 AM CST
Hey, I can't fault an episode about tomatoes--great stuff. You two are getting pretty good at this audio format. Now we just need video. Whistling
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 7, 2013 7:13 AM CST

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Thanks for the compliments! As for video, well, maybe!
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jun 8, 2013 4:28 PM CST
Another nice podcast, Dave and Trish.

I started listening to it before I left for mkt this morning then came home and finished listening. Good tips and info. Folks are for sure and certain gleaning lots of good information here. Great job!

Shoe
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 8, 2013 8:04 PM CST

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Thank you Shoe. Given that YOU are one of the most experienced tomato growers I've ever known, I'm honored. Smiling
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Jun 9, 2013 9:18 AM CST
Welp, I've been growing them for years but new knowledge keeps popping up each year, whether here in my gardens or elsewhere. Ya gotta love it!

Congrats to ya'll for winning blue ribbons at your local tomato fest! That has to be exciting as well as rewarding for all of you.

Looking forward to the new members contest; what a great idea. Will you post a thread welcoming them, and letting us know who the winners are? I'm sure we'd all love to offer open arms and navigation help around the site.

Shoe (hmm, off to set out more tomato plants today if the ground isn't too squishy from two days of rains)
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 9, 2013 9:29 AM CST

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The Largest Tomato was one of the categories we won and it was a Kellogg's Breakfast at 1lb 12oz that won.

I like the idea of posting a thread welcoming them, I'll do that in conjunction with next week's podcast!
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Jun 9, 2013 5:07 PM CST
"it was a Kellogg's Breakfast at 1lb 12oz that won."

Wow! Hope ya'll took a loaf of bread so the judges could have a tomato sandwich, or rather several of them! Congrats!

:>)
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 9, 2013 6:53 PM CST

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Actually, after the contest was over one of the volunteers there asked Trish if she could buy it and she offered $5. Trish shrugged and said okay! Hilarious! I was amazed.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
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Horseshoe
Jun 9, 2013 7:21 PM CST
Hah! Now There's another blue ribbon! I bet that was the tastiest tomato ever. Good goin', Trish!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 9, 2013 7:27 PM CST

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When it happened I turned to the extension agent that was standing beside me and I remarked that Trish is the one who inherited all the brains in our family! It was amazing how quickly she agreed to sell that tomato!!

Those Kellogg's Breakfasts are the tastiest tomatoes we've grown, I think.
Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
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psa
Jun 10, 2013 2:40 AM CST
Kellogg's Breakfast is an all time favorite here, too. Wonderful variety.

This is from the first year I grew it (not as big as yours, though):
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 10, 2013 6:07 AM CST

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That's a beautiful one!
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 24, 2013 4:41 PM CST
Beautiful tomato! I enjoyed the podcast today (I know I'm a little late). I'm gonna have to grow the Tigerella tomato since it grows so well in Texas! I've never grown Kellogg's Breakfast either, so it's on the list also. Thumbs up

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 24, 2013 4:59 PM CST

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Christine, I'd be glad to send you seeds of those when they are ready. Smiling

The only downside with Tigerella is that they are so prone to cracking, it's actually a little frustrating.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Jun 24, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Thank you Dave, that is very generous. If I have a really prolific & tasty choice tomato this year, I can return the favor. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 24, 2013 5:16 PM CST

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Thumbs up
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Aug 4, 2013 10:51 AM CST
I was so late in listening to this podcast but I knew it would be a good one with TONS of good info and I surely wasn't disappointed.

I definitely have the magnesium deficiency thing going on Crying Had it last year as well.

We've grown tomatoes for over 40 years and I do believe this year has been the most challenging. NC has had 3 times the rain it usually gets and the tomatoes are definitely pouting and the fruit is cracking.

I planted marigolds around the tomatoes this year and haven't had tomato worm issues.

We don't kill spiders or wasps either. I'll have to photograph for you, the mud dobbers have laid their mud completely around the thermometer on the back porch (among many other places) Fortunately it's on the cold side so I can still see the temp. They LOVE our back porch.

Again, I can't tell you how much I enjoy these podcasts. So much information for us.

Thank you! Thumbs up
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Aug 4, 2013 11:11 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Aug 4, 2013 11:36 AM CST

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I'm so glad you're liking the podcasts Vic. Smiling

Those are some impressive mud dauber nests! Imagine how many spiders are in their, waiting to be made into a meal!!

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