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I started my tomato plants inside this year. For the past couple years I have bought them from area nurseries .  In the past I haven't had much success starting them indoors but I have the garden fever going so I'm gonna try.  I'm trying some new varieties that I can't find around here anywhere. Solar Fire, Heatwave and Sunmaster are some of the varieties. The heatwave does really well with an abundance of medium sized tasty tomatoes(good for canning) It gets so hot here in the summer my tomatoes always poop out from the heat.
 
What is your favorite variety to grow in this area?

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 05:11:06 AM »
I like to grow the grape tomatoes, yellow pear, roma and early girl.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009, 05:14:16 AM »
We did Yellow Girl last year and they did really well. Lots of tomatoes up until fall. I canned a bunch of them up too.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2009, 12:53:51 AM »
I love early girl, big boy and one year I tried the Cherokee Black, which was really good, but didn't do as well as the others.
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2009, 02:08:03 AM »
Okie if you liked Cherokee Black, you may be interested in a variety that I just got in - Chocolate Cherry.  A new one for me this year.

I still have not been able to garden down here like I was able to at my last farm.  Time is a killer. There I annually grew up to 100 plants of 20+ different varieties. Love the yellow types. One of my favorite things to do with them is make yellow salsa.  People really do a second take when they look at it and some have argued with me until they taste it.


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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009, 12:33:30 PM »
I planted seeds two nights ago. Mine did great that way last year - I didn't do tomatoes last year but did about everything else. This year I am trying cherry tomatoes by seed. Also, did pumpkins, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, banana & jalapeno peppers. Bought some greens, but will do them directly in the garden, they don't do well transplanted.
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009, 01:52:37 PM »
I like Mortage Lifters and Beefsteaks. I planted my seeds on Sunday.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 02:40:07 PM »
I like Mortage Lifters and Beefsteaks. I planted my seeds on Sunday.

Mortgage Lifter is a great tomato!  I first got them for the reason I do alot of my new ones....the name caught my attention.  You can't get a better large size tomato than Beefsteak.  It was my grandfathers favorite.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 02:43:57 PM »
last year we had romas, cherry or grape (OMG there were over 100 on each plant at a time!), and Beef Master. I saw some there were about the size of a jelly bean too, those were really cute but not much to them - not sure what they were called.
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009, 06:11:40 PM »
Has anyone ever tried Heirloom Tomato Seeds? What types worked best in local soils?

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009, 06:49:10 PM »
If anyone has an overabundance of tomatoes I would like to buy some from you.  Please!
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2009, 08:50:12 PM »
Has anyone ever tried Heirloom Tomato Seeds? What types worked best in local soils?
THE amish lady at the geenhouse in Dixon usually has quite a few heirloom varieties started. Brandywine ,amish paste , mr. stripey to name a couple. She is always a lot of help and could probably tell you which grow best for what you want. The older lady is not always there and she is who you want to talk to ,the girls she has helping don't know as much.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009, 10:30:34 PM »
Oh, I can't grow them I have tried, I just want to buy nice fresh tomatoes this summer.
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2009, 12:40:36 AM »
Has anyone ever tried Heirloom Tomato Seeds? What types worked best in local soils?

Actually most that I grow are heirlooms.  Some new ones I got for this year besides the Black Cherry I mentioned is Blongkopfchen, White Beauty, Hillbilly Potato Leaf and Striped Stuffer.

Some of my most reliable heirloooms are Italian Gold, Yellow Plum, Opalka and Mortgage Lifter. 

My tomato growing got punched in the face again this year as we are losing another dispatcher to St. Robert PD for alot more $$.  Time for 12 hr shifts til we get someone hired and trained.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2009, 12:41:35 AM »
If anyone has an overabundance of tomatoes I would like to buy some from you.  Please!

If I get mine in I will give you a holler.  Had a goal of the farmer's mkt this year with our soaps and my herbs/veggies but not sure now.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2009, 03:18:13 PM »
Heirlooms are a great tomato. If mine does well I will have plenty to sell.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2009, 11:12:17 PM »
My seedlings are up, now to keep them growing and not getting too leggy.

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« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2009, 01:01:44 PM »
Mine popped up over the weekend!
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2009, 03:59:26 PM »
Mine first seeds are up also. I plant mine a week apart so that I can have staggered crops. Last year I had tomotoes till it froze. So far I have 32 planted. The next couple of days they will go outside to get some real sun.

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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2009, 04:09:28 PM »
crap I should have put mine outside - oh well they are in the window
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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2009, 07:50:40 PM »
Good idea its beautiful outside. I put mine out.

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2009, 01:11:55 AM »
We started putting some tomatoes and peppers in the garden . I hope I'm not jumping the gun.  Has anyone else put some out?

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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2009, 01:16:06 AM »
It should be safe. It's late enough.
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« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2009, 08:02:56 AM »
Im fixing to plant mine and my uncle wants big boys and better girls is what I think he said? I know we have tomatoes running out our ears by mid summer. I think we`re safe from a freeze now so let get Matered!!!!
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2009, 12:31:33 PM »
I bought my tomatoes from Plants-A-Plenty in Richland. They were already 3ft tall and full of tomatoes. Already have one ready to be picked. Need to get them planted now.
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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2009, 12:15:47 AM »
By the time its all over we'll have close to 100 tomato plants in . I can and freeze them and make salsa that I can up. We have 36 pepper plants in now and more to come. I still need to get my beans, cukes and zucchini in .

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« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2009, 02:09:17 AM »
I love to make salsa! Ummmmmmmmmm!!!
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« Reply #27 on: May 04, 2009, 02:58:11 AM »
I love to make salsa! Ummmmmmmmmm!!!
Do you have a good recipe?

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2009, 07:53:32 PM »
So how many of you are losing tomato plants that are rottening at the soil line due to too much water?

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Re: Tomatoes
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2009, 08:01:19 PM »
Not yet, but I took a second look at some lower stems of leaves that were lying on the ground this morning.  I mulched my plants this year with leaf debris.  Hope it helps.
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