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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 26, 2014 8:35 AM CST
I picked about a 4 gallon pail of tomatoes today. Most of them are Roma, but a few San Marzano Radorta's on top.

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Name: Geof
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mandolls
Aug 26, 2014 10:54 AM CST
Dont ya love this time of year ?


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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 26, 2014 12:50 PM CST
Yup, time for some Surbian Tomato Salad me thinks.
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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Aug 26, 2014 3:33 PM CST
I just wait for this time of year.....can never have too many tomatoes. I even got ambitious and canned some salsa this weekend--if I'm not around next spring, you'll know I did something wrong Rolling on the floor laughing


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Name: Geof
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mandolls
Aug 26, 2014 7:16 PM CST
I went to a pot luck this evening and took a big tray of tomato slices topped with a little chopped garlic chives, shredded basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, artichoke hearts, and drizzled with Palestinian olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was a big hit.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 26, 2014 9:10 PM CST
LOL, still hoping to get enough to make salsa -- and tomato sauce -- and tomato juice...

The largest one is "Country Taste;" the oval ones are "Juliet" and "Cupid," and most of the smaller round ones are "4th of July." (Might be one or two "Mountain Magic" in there, as well)
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 27, 2014 3:43 AM CST
Sandy, when is your normal first frost of the fall?
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Aug 27, 2014 6:47 AM CST
Tom, I'm not sure when the "official" date is supposed to be, but in my experience it's usually around the first of October... but a lot of years we'll get a frost somewhere in mid September, just enough to kill stuff off, and then the weather will get warm and beautiful again. (and it seems that even if I'm able to get the tomato plants covered and keep them going, the tomatoes themselves always seem to suffer some damage from the cold) Really hoping that doesn't happen this year!!
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 27, 2014 6:49 AM CST
Yes, after a frost, the tomatoes get spotty and wierd.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 29, 2014 3:59 AM CST
I canned 9 pints of tomato sauce yesterday. I could only process 8 because I was short one canning lid. How stupid of me not to check that before I started canning, but I thought I had lots of boxes of lids, I did, only the wrong size. Confused Blinking Rolling my eyes. I'm sure I will have another pail full to pic today if it doesn't rain.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Aug 29, 2014 11:46 AM CST
Picked another pail and a half of tomatoes today. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so it should be a good day to do some canning.
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Name: Geof
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mandolls
Aug 29, 2014 1:40 PM CST
I have never canned, but I peel & seed and freeze them. Just did about 35 tomatoes this morning, and have twice that many finishing their ripening on the table. I may go ahead and turn this morning's batch into sauce.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 29, 2014 1:51 PM CST
I just picked the last of our tomatoes and we pulled the plants. This is actually late for us but so many were still producing we left them a bit longer.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 29, 2014 2:36 PM CST
Arlene, you got your plants in later than I did this spring. I remember that well. And now you have pulled them. I am surprised that you needed to pull them this early. My plants have slowed down but are still productive. Going to have lots more tomatoes to pick.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 29, 2014 3:22 PM CST
Yes, just tired of them. Want to get the garden cleaned up so they can till it all under.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 29, 2014 3:52 PM CST
abhege said:Yes, just tired of them. Want to get the garden cleaned up so they can till it all under.


I don't usually turn my tomato beds but thinking that since I have not (for once!) bough a zillion bulbs I need plant (bought none) that I might be able to have time and energy to turn the soil in the beds. Should be good for getting rid of diseases by burying the bad stuff. And the old straw sound be good for adding organic material into the soil.

Then in the spring I can put compost on the beds like I normally do.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 29, 2014 3:54 PM CST
Oh yes, the straw is wonderful to turn under. For us with the heavy red clay, it helps immensely.

That's funny, I was thinking about you and your bulbs this morning @newyorkrita because I am going to plant a ton of daffodils I dug up from the farm into my new bed at my house and then I said, "I should buy some crocus," and just chuckled, thinking about you and all your bulbs!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 29, 2014 4:04 PM CST
I got really tired of planting bulbs. Besides hopefully most that I planted past years will come up. Crocus definitely should come up each year and I planted plenty.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 29, 2014 5:02 PM CST
You're tired of bulbs like I'm tired of tomatoes! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 29, 2014 5:07 PM CST
Well, I am happy to see the bulbs blooming in the spring. I am simply burned out of planting and planting each fall. Time for a fall off from plsnting bulbs.

Don't think I could ever get tired of tomatoes. Ate three tomatoes with lunch and I picked a plate fill of tomatoes this afternoon so I have plenty to eat for now.

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