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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 2, 2012 3:13 PM CST
I bought my tomato sets yesterday. I always get plants as we have a really great selection around here. Tomorrow I will start planting them as today I was busy planting the annuals that I also bought yesterday.

Well, I did plant the "patio" tomato plant in a big planter which is actually a plastic half barrel.

I have six packs of VIVA ITALIA, a roma type and PARKS WHOPPER which I often get and JULIET grape tomatoes, I love grape tomatoes and been buying them at the supermarket (I snack on them) and EARLY GIRL which is another I always get and BEEFMASTER. Then I have single plants of MORTGAGE LIFTER, SWEET 100, SUPER FANTASTIC, another Grape tomato and two BETTER BOYS. Plus that patio type that is already planted.

The single plants I bought at Home Depot which really has a good selection if you want your plants one at a time. Then the six packs I bought at my favorite nursery that I buy most of my plants at. They had thier veggies out for sale as they have them inside. It has been cold here, too cold for tomatoes but by the end of the week it is supposed to get really nice. Well, Home Depot always has their tomatoes outside and they haven't died so I guess they will be ok here too. Tomorrow I am gonna start planting them.

So what tomato types is everyone planting? I just love my home grown summer tomatoes!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 4, 2012 3:17 PM CST
Tomatoes planted! Started Thusday and got many of them planted and just finished today. All tomatoes planted. 37 in total. Last year I had 15 in ground and another 3 in planters. So this year they are all in ground except for one patio type tomato. I remember the ones in planters last year were planter type tomatoes also but I was very dissapointed with them. So this year am trying (for the first time) the patio tomato. And I have more than twice as many as last year. Really just didn't have nearly enough last year so that is why so many this year.

I had set out and used all my tomato cages. Then I ran out of cages and I still had the six pack of JULIET grape tomatoes to plant. Honestly, didn't feel like spending the money for more tomato cages and besides I wanted to plant them today. So I looked around in the garage to see what I had that I could use. Found some five foot high trellis structures which are taller than cages anyway. Where I am putting them is up against a wooden fence. So after positioning those trellis in a row that means I only had one side (the front) I needed to enclose. I just used some of the 3 foot high decorative green wire folding fencing that I also had and stuck that in front. Problem solved. Tomatoes planted.

My cucumbers are planted also. I only buy one four pack each year but each of those four cell thingies always has multiple plants. This year, three plants in each. I don't take them apart, I just plant each cell and it always works fine. I always have more cucumbers than I know what to do with. But I do love cucumber and tomato salad in the summer.

I am thinking that I just might buy two HUSKEY RED tomato plants and put them in two big planter pots I have here that I could use for some nice determinate type tomato. We will see.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 5, 2012 12:19 PM CST
Here are my tomatoes all planted.

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Here are those same cages I was just talking about in the tomato garden that I planted yesterday and made longer at each end the day before.


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These are the ones planted by the front porch railing.


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And here are the JULIET tomatoes that I used the trellis structures for after I ran out of cages.

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They are planted in back of a mostly daylily bed!


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Closeup.

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Patti1957
May 6, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Very nice Rita! I love when I find ways to use things that I already have sitting around. We still have nights that are too cool to plant tomatoes but I am getting excited to get them in the ground.


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jmorth
May 6, 2012 2:16 PM CST
Celebrity - once the tomatoes mature I have BLT's on a near daily basis...
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 6, 2012 2:37 PM CST
I love tomato sandwiches. Pumpernickel bread, sliced tomatoes, top with some chopped onion. YUMMMMMM! Hilarious! Thumbs up nodding
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Paul2032
May 6, 2012 4:32 PM CST
Rita...you grow everything. My favorite cherry size tomatoes is 'Sun Sugar', a golden yellow. Great for salads or eating a handful in the garden. I planted tomatoes at my son's today as my tomato bed is going to be home for iris I have ordered this year. He'll share with me as I have provided his tomatoes for years. I can eat a tomato sandwich on toasted coarse whole wheat bread with a little salad dressing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
May 6, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Looks like we both love those tomato sandwiches. I probably would grow just about everything if I had more room here.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 8, 2012 4:08 PM CST
Today I put tomato fertilizer around my new tomato plants. Did it before the rain. So now raining and it can wash the fertilizer in. The tomatoes all look good.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 10, 2012 6:28 PM CST
I went to the nursery today and I bought 12 more tomato plants. I had enough at the 37 I had planted here. But I got it in my head that I wanted BIG BOY tomatoes and hadn't bought any. Then I have no more tomato cages so was researching a staking method called Florida Weave which uses stakes every few plants and uses twine to hold them upright (called a weave). So I really want to do that. Planned on buying a six pack of BIG BOY tomatoes and doing a row of six in the Florida weave style. Well, I did buy the six pack of BIG BOYS but I have no will power. I swear I would buy every type of tomato plant in the nursery if I had room. So I saw these lovely single plants of SUN GOLD and CHEROKEE PURPLE, bought those. So my row of six idea was changed to two rows of 4 idea instead! Then bought a Siberian tomato I will plant between two others already planted here by the house. And I found this patio garden growbag that is 39 inches long so I will put the last three (two FOURTH OF JULY and one SUGERY ) in there.

I had to buy bagged compost as I will be using to set up the new tomato garden area.


Name: Tom
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tveguy3
May 11, 2012 4:28 AM CST
Rita, good to see you in a different place! I ususally plant just a plum type tomatos for sauce, and canning whole tomatoes. This year I planted San Marzano Redorta, from seeds I got on line, and also Sausage Tomatoes, and White Ghost (They are white tomatoes) Plus a few regular round tomatoes (Beef Steak type) for BLT's. My late mother's friend used to say, If the juice doesn't run down to you elbow, it's not a good BLT! It's too early here to put them out, still getting into the 40's at night.
I also like to put a piece of toast on a baking sheet, and add a slice of cheese, a slice of tomato, some Basel, seasond salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese, and put it under the broiler until the tomato cooks some and the cheese melts. Really good.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 11, 2012 9:26 AM CST
I definately belong on any forum about growing tomatoes. I just can't resist them!

Never heard of a "white" tomato. Of course the "black" ones are quite popular, especially amoung the folks growing heirlooms. Your sandwiches sound yummy!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
May 11, 2012 10:05 AM CST
I got the seeds as a gift with others I ordered from St. Clare Heirloom seeds
http://www.stclareseeds.com/ I had never heard of them either, so I'll see what they're like
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 11, 2012 10:11 AM CST
I don't start my tomatoe plants from seed. I just buy locally as the nurseries here have an unbelievably great selection. Even Home Depot has a good selection of tomato plants.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 11, 2012 2:06 PM CST
I was planting annuals today but I finially am starting on the tomato garden.

I just lugged ten bags of compost from out of the car (that I bought yesterday) and dropped them out in the lawn between the terraces garden and the tower square garden. Need to arrange the will be new tomato planting space, put bricks to outline (which I have) and drive stakes which will be every two plants. I have 8 tomatoes going there. I want to plant them tomorrow so I will just be happy if I actually make the gardenbed today.
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RickCorey
May 11, 2012 8:41 PM CST
Here's a YouTube video for making a Florida Weave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRohHQ7mMBw&feature=related

I didn't realize it would be possible to pass the string up and over the stakes - but of course it's obvious, once I see it done.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 11, 2012 9:26 PM CST
That would be a useful link.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 12, 2012 7:45 PM CST
I am dragging. I managed to finish my new tomato garden bed and get the tomatoes in there planted today. More work to get it done than I thought it would be. But it is all done and planted. I am so very, very pleased with it.

First picture after putting all the bricks around and starting the posts. I pounded them in enough to stand up here but I finished pounding them later.

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Next picture it already looks like a garden. Pounded it the posts until they are all even. Put newsapaper on top of grass and dumped each bag of compost in each section were you had seen it laid out in the first picture. Then leveled it all out and set white plant stakes were I will place each plant.

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Last picture tomatoes all planted. They are actually just in the compost and on top of the newspaper laid over the grass. So if your planning to do this, you have to use the small plants in those cell packs, not the big plants in the single bigger pots that you can get.

Done and it looks sooo good to me. Going to use the Florida Weave method of "staking". In case your wondering about the weaving the plants are too small to start the weave. But basicly looking down the long way of four. Tie twine to end stake and pull tightly. Go around the outside of the first plant and then run the twine along the inside of the second. At the stake pull tightly and wind around twice then keep going and then come back along the opposite way from that already done. So each plant ends up being held by the two sides of the twine.

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I have this set up so that I can put low early season veggies like radish and lettuce in the middle there between the two rows of tomatoes. They will be harvested by the time the tomato plants get large. I should have had lettuce and radished planted already but what can I say. I am doing the best I can.

Of course I don't have any lettuce plants or radish seeds but no big deal. The nurseries have plenty and I will get some. Also want more peas and aome pole bean seeds. I always start my own beans. It is so easy. Peas are easy too but I will go with more plants because it is late already. Also going to put some dill seeds to make dill plants.

I am so happy to be veggie gardening again even if my veggies are planted all around the garden in various places instead of in one plot like they used to be.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
May 13, 2012 5:03 PM CST
I just planted my last three tomato plants outside, two Fourth of July and one Sugerry (cherry tomato). I have no more room in ground, the rest of my 49 tomatoes are in ground but these three are in this grazy looking patio grow bag container. Sort of container. More like a sack LOL! The hardest part was stuffing the darn thing with potting soil.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
May 14, 2012 2:37 PM CST
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This is the patio grow bag with the three tomatoes planted. I can't say I like it much but I bought it to try out so I am trying it out!


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In the new tomato garden, I have added some other vegetables.

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