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Jul 8, 2011 2:14 PM CST
|Here is a brand new forum, sitting empty and waiting patiently for gardeners to come and talk about veggies. Patti1957 is the moderator of this forum.|
Jul 8, 2011 2:19 PM CST
|Monday I will be moving the contents of the http://cubits.org/Tomatoes/ cubit over to this forum. Melissa will also be the co-moderator.|
Jul 8, 2011 2:43 PM CST
|Yea ... I love heirloom tomatoes, but sad to say we haven't had many so far. A few are just beginning to come in. We've had record temps over 100 for way too long this year. |
I'm looking forward to this new site and forum.
Jul 8, 2011 7:08 PM CST
|Looking forward to our new gardening home online! I never stumbled across the Veggie Cubit somehow, so glad I found it here on ATP! |
Jul 9, 2011 12:16 AM CST
|So, no separate tomato forum?|
Jul 9, 2011 11:25 AM CST
|Paul, we have combined all the vegetables for now, I am not sure if that will change later or not. It will probably depend on the interest. I am sure that if there is a lot of folks wanting a separate forum for tomatoes that Dave and Trish would be open to it. |
Jul 9, 2011 3:00 PM CST
|Paul, what varieties of tomatoes do you like to grow? Any particular one you just gotta have in your garden each year?|
Jul 9, 2011 6:31 PM CST
|They call me the tomato man around here. |
I grow thousands of primarily heirloom tomato plants for sale ($1 for a 4") every year. This year I had over 50 varieties available for general sale, and I have hundreds in my seed collection. My favorites are too numerous to list, but my garden always has Kelloggs (or KBX), one of the beefy greens (Aunt Ruby's or Green Giant generally), and Sungold, which is the only hybrid I grow every year. Brad's sports are a lot of fun, the big german pinks are nice to have around, and I don't know how many types of cherry, grape, and currant tomatoes are in my garden.
I do have thousands of other plants, so you'll see me pop in all over.
I'd like to see a forum for other growers eventually, too.
Jul 9, 2011 7:50 PM CST
|I grow several kinds of tomato plants,mostly hybrids,cucumbers,beans,herbs and some squash.It is over a 100deg here and there is no rain in sight so the tomatos are not setting.|
Jul 9, 2011 8:32 PM CST
|Where are you at rainsum? There are varieties you can grow that have better heat resistance, but I know some parts of the country have a lot of trouble with this. It's so dry here that tomatoes like Sioux go right on setting fruit even in 110 degree weather.|
Frustrating for you, regardless.
Jul 9, 2011 9:26 PM CST
|I had 20 varieties of heirlooms started this year, but I lost almost half of them when I had to be out of town due to a death in my family. KB was one of the ones I lost this year. A few I love are Lady Lucy, Dr. Wytches Yellow, Cherokee Purple, Eva Purple Ball, Brandywine both Landis Valley and Sudduth, Paul Roberson, Brad's Black Heart ... in fact, I don't think I've met a black I don't like. |
Jul 9, 2011 9:54 PM CST
|I hear you Susan, I am very fond of the black ones myself. |
I am sorry for your loss. The loss of a family member is never easy and throw in the loss of half of your tomato plants and you have a sad situation for sure.
Jul 9, 2011 9:58 PM CST
|Thanks Patti. At least I have some tomatoes finally coming in now! |
Jul 9, 2011 10:04 PM CST
|I like the purples, but have had troubles with poor flavor in some of the blacks depending on weather conditions. I'm cycling all of my black seed this year, so will be trying a lot of varieties.|
And I'm sorry about your loss. Patti said exactly what I was thinking.
Jul 9, 2011 11:11 PM CST
|I am in orlando area and had good crop Tomatoes till about 3 weeks ago. I just had got my plants from big box store I think it just said roma and beefsteak but not sure they are growing like crazy but not setting fruit Paul is it due to our warm nights? is there anything I can do? They are getting plenty water if it dosnt rain i micro irrigate they are also blooming great! I know most the time our best season is fall/winter got a late start this year. |
Paul do you ship your plants? and would your plants be ready for my best growing season we live far away!
our days are 95+ nights 80+
Jul 10, 2011 12:34 AM CST
|With the heat coming in you're probably hitting the hardest part of the growing season. Pollen doesn't flow properly in hot weather, causing the plants not to set fruit. South of you they don't even try; they split the season around the summer. Definitely seek out heat tolerant varieties. Your extension office could probably give you a list of what does well in your area, and tips on growing tomatoes in central Florida. You need to worry about diseases and soil conditions that we don't have here, so I hesitate to give specific recommendations.|
Shipping would cost more than the tomato plants, I imagine. Starting from seed isn't too hard, but I'll bet there's local nurseries (not big department stores) which carry specialty and better adapted varieties, too. I'm sure we can help you locate local sources and/or send you seeds if you need help.
Tomato plants take 6-8 weeks from seed sowing to planting out, if temperatures and light are favorable.
Jul 10, 2011 7:20 AM CST
Putting this forum on my Watch list. Will be seeing you around the site.
Howdy, Paul...another mkt grower here so lots to talk about regarding all things plants. (Hmm, where have I heard those last 3 words before?) :>)
Happy Day, Folks!
Jul 10, 2011 8:43 AM CST
|I hope to learn a lot from this forum as I have had no luck with vegetables. Ends up costing me about 3 times as much to try and grow them as it would to go to the farmers market and buy them which supports our local farmers. I saw Susan's Earth Box method of growing vegetables which inspired me to give that a try next season!|
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Jul 11, 2011 9:53 AM CST
|Weeds, there are lots of people who swear by earth boxes. I've never used one, but I usually do grow a few tomatoes on the deck in pots. The pots that I have that have the water reservoir in the bottom do MUCH better than the ones that don't have that, so just that alone is making me want to try some earth boxes. |
Paul, as this site grows, I'm sure there will be lots of branching off. But, I like having everyone together. I don't sell plants, but I usually try to grow about 100 different kinds.... this year I thought I would take it easy, and I only started about 20. With our weather, I'm really glad that's what I did. We had a really wet cold spring and then WHAM, right into 90+ degree days. It's been the weirdest weather year I can remember.
Jul 11, 2011 11:13 AM CST
|Thanks Connie for your vote of confidence! I'd never have a tomato if it weren't for my Earth Boxes! |