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repentantslide
Dec 17, 2019 8:00 PM CST
It's early but I imagine some people are starting to plan their 2020 gardens anyway. I bought some tomato seeds today and hopefully I'll have a place to plant all of them and more next year.

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You can rest assured if I knew I'd have the area, I would have just bought their entire lineup of tomato seeds Drooling
Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Dec 18, 2019 11:03 AM CST
Next week I may begin to think about it again.
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repentantslide
Dec 18, 2019 2:35 PM CST
PaulF said:Next week I may begin to think about it again.


It's never too early to start planning Hilarious!
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repentantslide
Dec 21, 2019 8:21 PM CST
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First round of tomato seeds I bought, I'm sure there will be more.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Dec 27, 2019 2:27 PM CST
repentantslide said:Thumb of 2019-12-22/repentantslide/dd433d

First round of tomato seeds I bought, I'm sure there will be more.


What a nice selection!!

I just ordered some tomato seeds today.

I had already ordered Red Pride and Sungold elsewhere.

At Totallly Tomatoes I ordered
Country Taste
Ball's Beef Steal
Chef's Choice Pink
Orange Zinger
Bella Rosa

I start my tomato seeds early March so I have my own plants to put out in the Spring.
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repentantslide
Dec 27, 2019 2:43 PM CST
Newyorkrita said:

What a nice selection!!

I just ordered some tomato seeds today.

I had already ordered Red Pride and Sungold elsewhere.

At Totallly Tomatoes I ordered
Country Taste
Ball's Beef Steal
Chef's Choice Pink
Orange Zinger
Bella Rosa

I start my tomato seeds early March so I have my own plants to put out in the Spring.


Do you have any preferences for tomato characteristics when you're looking for seeds? Color, size, shape?

Personally for me, the bigger the better. And anything really interesting in color catches my eye, like that Terra Cotta you can see in the picture. It looks like it has an interesting shade of orange.

So many varieties, I'm sure I'll find crazier shapes and colors yet.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Dec 27, 2019 2:52 PM CST
I like a selection of sizes.

Can't do without Sungold Cherry types all the way to large Beefsteak types.
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repentantslide
Dec 27, 2019 3:27 PM CST
I still have to try Sungold, tried them last year and some kind of evil wilt microbe got into them and took them out before they even got started.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Dec 27, 2019 3:42 PM CST
repentantslide said:I still have to try Sungold, tried them last year and some kind of evil wilt microbe got into them and took them out before they even got started.


Sorry that happened to your plants.

Sungold really is very good.
Name: Deborah
Southern California (Zone 10a)
Deeby
Dec 27, 2019 8:18 PM CST
Sungold, Red Robin and Country Taste are on my list. Haven't ordered yet.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Dec 28, 2019 10:46 AM CST
Deeby said:Sungold, Red Robin and Country Taste are on my list. Haven't ordered yet.


Big Grin Thumbs up
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SoCalGardenNut
Dec 29, 2019 1:40 PM CST
Repentant, I have Black Beauty, Cherokee Purple, and Brandywine from the same seller.
I have Sungold, and Bumble bee from another seller.
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repentantslide
Dec 29, 2019 8:56 PM CST
SoCalGardenNut said:Repentant, I have Black Beauty, Cherokee Purple, and Brandywine from the same seller.
I have Sungold, and Bumble bee from another seller.


We'll have to see how they do in each of our climates! I'll be back in Minnesota probably so it'll be a very different climate in the summer compared to California, especially the South.
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Dec 31, 2019 3:04 AM CST
Repentant, I like your choices! I will be ordering some of the same ones for my sale. Check out the bumblebee series; can't beat them for production. I do the purple every year. I have thought seriously about that Thornton's tomato, I love different colors and bi- colors. I grew Brad Gates pork chop last year; not a huge producer, but one of the best tasting tomatoes I have ever put in my mouth! (See pic). I haven't ordered yet; waiting to hear from my mg members about what seeds they have left over. I am a Master Gardener; we have a plant sale in May and grow plants for sale from seed.I hope to be ordering soon, I will post my list here.

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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
Dec 31, 2019 3:06 AM CST
Repentant, oops! See that you already ordered the bumblebee. Good choice! Thumbs up
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repentantslide
Jan 5, 2020 2:24 AM CST
gardenfish said:Repentant, oops! See that you already ordered the bumblebee. Good choice! Thumbs up


That was SoCal actually, I haven't bought that one yet.
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gardenfish
Jan 5, 2020 8:41 AM CST
Good one to have! My personal favorite for a cherry.
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Name: Paul Fish
Brownville, Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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PaulF
Jan 12, 2020 11:54 AM CST
At the first snowy cold spell with nothing else to do, some time was set aside to go through the tomato seed inventory and make the 2020 decision. What used to be 35 varieties has been cut to 20 since age has been increasing and ambition waning. Asked or not here is the list:

Pinks:
Rosovyi Kilogram Movyi
Giant Belgium
Mortgage Lifter (no idea the strain but last time it was great)
Rebel Yell
Joe's Portuguese
Paul's Pink Pride (friend finally found this one for me and shared seeds)

Red:
Zogola
Blake's Magnum (one of my own named after a grandson)
Delicious
Italian Sweet

Black:
Clear Lake Heirloom
Cherokee Chocolate
Black Bear

Heart:
Fish Lake Oxheart
Canadian Heart
Anna Margaret Heart (seeds from another tomato friend)
Japanese Oxheart
Nolan Boy's Russian (renamed for a grandson from No-Name Russian from USDA seed bank)

Yellow/Orange:
Orange Russian #117
Kellogg's Breakfast or KBX
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jan 12, 2020 12:24 PM CST
Paul, a good list for sure.

As far as ambition goes I know what it is like to want to grow everything but only have energy for growing the best tomato varieties.
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mom2goldens
Jan 12, 2020 7:39 PM CST
PaulF said:At the first snowy cold spell with nothing else to do, some time was set aside to go through the tomato seed inventory and make the 2020 decision. What used to be 35 varieties has been cut to 20 since age has been increasing and ambition waning. Asked or not here is the list:

Pinks:
Rosovyi Kilogram Movyi
Giant Belgium
Mortgage Lifter (no idea the strain but last time it was great)
Rebel Yell
Joe's Portuguese
Paul's Pink Pride (friend finally found this one for me and shared seeds)

Red:
Zogola
Blake's Magnum (one of my own named after a grandson)
Delicious
Italian Sweet

Black:
Clear Lake Heirloom
Cherokee Chocolate
Black Bear

Heart:
Fish Lake Oxheart
Canadian Heart
Anna Margaret Heart (seeds from another tomato friend)
Japanese Oxheart
Nolan Boy's Russian (renamed for a grandson from No-Name Russian from USDA seed bank)

Yellow/Orange:
Orange Russian #117
Kellogg's Breakfast or KBX


@PaulF Is Blake's Magnum sold commercially? I see a beefsteak called Magnum, but not sure it is the same.

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