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ATP Podcast #49: Let's Talk Tomatoes

By dave
March 14, 2014

Last week was Tomatoes (and Peppers) Week at ATP so we're talking about our favorite vegetable. How do you choose from the huge variety of tomatoes? What's a determinate? What's an heirloom? What do I do about cracking, or viruses? Listen to find out!

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Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
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Misti
Mar 14, 2014 11:33 AM CST
After having a bit of a bust year last year, I'm looking forward to a good tomato year this year. A really good, giant tomato that does well in heat is Amazon chocolate. Highly recommended! My personal favorite is Arkansas Traveler. What's wrong with Cherokee Puprle? it has done well in my garden.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 14, 2014 11:51 AM CST

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Cherokee Purple just hasn't been as productive for us. We found that we have to grow 30 Cherokee Purple plants to get the same yield as 10 Kellogg's Breakfast. Plus they are prone to cracking, especially nearer the stem. So, we just quit growing them several years ago.

I'm going to give Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Amazon Chocolate') a try. I haven't seen that one before. Thanks for the tip!
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Mar 14, 2014 11:51 AM CST

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Here's to a great tomato year, indeed!!

Arkansas Traveler actually out-preformed any other tomato for us during the Great Drought. Good tomato!

I'm glad the Cherokee Purple does well for you. It's never preformed as well for us here as it did in a more temperate climate. Shrug!
We still get fruit, yes...but not near like we did with much less effort in zone 7.
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Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
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Misti
Mar 14, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Hmm, interesting. I can't remember which seeds we started this year, but if CP is on that list I'll make a note on its productivity.
Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 14, 2014 2:37 PM CST
Thank You! Dave and Trish - great podcast Thumbs up

Shoe gave me Sungold seed several years ago. A lot of his customers request it. It is very sweet and delicious and just for fun I saved seed even though it's hybrid. The color reverted back to red but they are still really good. It was just fun to do.

I'm looking forward to tasting the Mexico Midget tomatoes I bought from Whitinger Seed Company. Thumbs up

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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Mar 14, 2014 3:42 PM CST

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You'll love the Mexico Midgets. I don't consider them cost effective to grow for market (they are so small, they take forever to fill up a quart container), but they are perfect for the smaller children to earn a little every week. For the customers, they honestly make a beeline for our table first to claim 3-4 quarts we have every week- they are just that good. You often see the customers eating them while doing the rest of their shopping.

For us personally, they are the perfect snack while working outside :greengrin:
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Joannabanana
Mar 15, 2014 7:33 PM CST
I'm bought some Kellog's Breakfast seeds today. I hope they do well here.
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Mar 16, 2014 5:30 PM CST
I grew the Arkansas Traveler here in NW Oregon last year and they did terrific. Great flavor, I will plant again this year from seed I saved and see if they do well again. I am super excited to try the Kellogg’s Breakfast and Mexico Midget from Whitinger Seed Co. I do realize our climates are very different, but I am still going to give it a try Hurray!
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Mar 17, 2014 10:07 AM CST
I got to listen to the podcast last night, finally. (I'm always a day late and dollar short, eh?) Good info and informative.

I'm with some of ya'll, although I love that Cherokee Purple became so well-known it has never produced an abundance of fruit for me either. Same for Brandywine. (Red Brandywine may produce better for some of ya'll though so perhaps that might be an alternative choice for you.) Personally I think Brandywine is a bit over-rated anyway. *Blush*

Thanks for the podcast, Dave and Trish!

Shoe (cold and wet in NC again)

Name: Kandace
New Iberia, LA (Zone 9a)
Kandy477
Mar 22, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Now I wish I had started some Kellogg's Breakfast seeds. I'll have to try them next season. If they produce well in East Texas I think they would do well here for me on the gulf coast. Have you tried them as a fall crop?

I've also been disappointed in Cherokee Purple and Arkansas Traveler. I'm only about ten miles from the gulf, as the crow flies, and they just can't seem to take the humidity in this region.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Mar 22, 2014 8:55 AM CST

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We have tried them as a fall crop and it seems like more often than not, the frosts come just as the fruit is starting to bear. Maybe we just aren't getting them in the ground soon enough.

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