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boomchakabowwow
07-06-2013, 10:30 PM
mine..meh. i lost a Cherokee tomato plant to some thing mysterious. maybe a burrowing rodent.

the rest are okay. i am getting alot of that sunburn thing going. today, i am making fish tacos for the wife..so i need a salsa or pico de gallo. fresh tomatoes and jalapenos from the garden!!

best thing about summer are fresh produce and long days. other than that, i hate summer.

how are your fruit hanging?!!

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y482/boomchakabowwow/IMG_0961_zps1070249e.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/boomchakabowwow/media/IMG_0961_zps1070249e.jpg.html)

Lucretia
07-07-2013, 02:16 AM
Slicing tomatoes are approaching walnut size, some of the cherry tomatoes are almost big enough to start coloring up pretty soon.

kalaeb
07-07-2013, 02:47 AM
I got nothing on the vine yet....it was a long winter...

Brad Gibson
07-07-2013, 06:42 AM
There is about 10 green heirlooms on the plants here at my house. My black tomatoes havent even started budding up yet. Its a bummer!

DeepCSweede
07-07-2013, 09:20 AM
Long winter - cold spring here. Some cherries are getting close and a few heirlooms the size of cherries but most plants don't have anything yet. I am hoping those and the cukes take off while I am on vacation.

JMJones
07-07-2013, 10:32 AM
Nothing yet here for me.

CoqaVin
07-07-2013, 11:33 AM
There is about 10 green heirlooms on the plants here at my house. My black tomatoes havent even started budding up yet. Its a bummer!

I need to get myself some heirloom seeds...I love me some heirlooms so cool looking in all the different colors and shapes...and I live in NJ supposedly the best state for tomatoes

franzb69
07-07-2013, 11:39 AM
and when you do have heirlooms you can save the seeds and you're good for the rest of your life. pick the ones that grow well and you're golden.

Dream Burls
07-07-2013, 12:30 PM
We're getting there. Some greenies so far.
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rahimlee54
07-07-2013, 02:02 PM
My mother bought a few boxes this weekend. They turned into this
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The ones I am growing will be ready in a week or two.

TamanegiKin
07-08-2013, 12:22 AM
Front yard herb and veg garden. It's my first time gardening and it's been a whole lot of fun.
http://i.imgur.com/dtlUbxL.jpg
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tripleq
07-08-2013, 12:36 AM
Gorgeous. Congratulations.

mr drinky
07-08-2013, 12:48 AM
I was given one plant and I have two tomatoes that are almost ripe. In general I no longer grow tomatoes. My farmers markets do a lot better job, and I focus on stuff that I can't get at the markets. Once I have a huge as.s garden that may change, but for not that is the case. With that said, my daughter and her kid friend neighbor plant stuff and have some tomato plants growing. No fruit now -- and they may never come to fruit.

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Craig
07-08-2013, 05:17 PM
My plant (the only one that has come up yet) is about three inches tall.

Gardening in Canada kinda stinks. Next year I won't bother with seeds, the growing season just isn't long enough. If only I had a good spot to start them indoors.

Oh well, at least the basil is doing well. Less tomato sauce, more pesto I guess.

franzb69
07-09-2013, 03:11 AM
growing in the tropics is harder. =(

maxim
07-09-2013, 04:19 AM
here in DK still very green, not many grow them outside. I give it a go this year.
Seems they doing just fine :D

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Lucretia
07-09-2013, 11:29 AM
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Craig
07-09-2013, 12:40 PM
My plant (the only one that has come up yet) is about three inches tall.

Gardening in Canada kinda stinks. Next year I won't bother with seeds, the growing season just isn't long enough. If only I had a good spot to start them indoors.

Oh well, at least the basil is doing well. Less tomato sauce, more pesto I guess.

In the 6 hours that followed this post, my garden got 125 mm of rain, which translates to just under 5 inches for you Yanks. It was already too wet this spring, I think pretty much everything is struggling with being over watered.

Other than the basil. Man does my basil ever love water.

mkmk
07-09-2013, 01:01 PM
Mine are already finished, and it was my worst crop in years. Cool spring, then just when they should have had their best production in May/June, it got too hot. Mrrrph.

Salty dog
07-09-2013, 01:29 PM
http://i1036.photobucket.com/albums/a442/Saltys_knives/2-1.jpg (http://s1036.photobucket.com/user/Saltys_knives/media/2-1.jpg.html)

My heirlooms had fruit about a week ago. The beefmasters just popped yesterday.

WildBoar
07-09-2013, 01:40 PM
In the 6 hours that followed this post, my garden got 125 mm of rain, which translates to just under 5 inches for you Yanks. We understand it:

"halfway in between a nice parer and a useful petty"

Our basil is going nuts, as is the cilantro, parsley and arugula. But our tomatoes are doing poorly; combination of a late start + the soil mix we put into the new boxes is not all it should be. If we are lucky we'll have a crop in mid-August. Peppers are struggling as well.

Our next door neighbor's tomato plants are going great. He planted about 3 weeks earlier then we were able to, and his soil is primo. His crop is going to all hit at once, in about 1-2 weeks. We worked out an arrangement where he will share his July tomatoes with us, and we will share our August tomatoes.

Usually I'm making salsa a couple nights a week by this time of year. My nakiri is really upset with me.

Mingooch
07-09-2013, 10:37 PM
Mine is really growing well so far. The cherry toms are starting to turn red, ate a few already that beat the rest to red. Have some beefsteak and san marzano that are ready and sitting on my counter. More will be ready soon. We have sandy soil in NJ near the shore, the tomatoes love it as long as I give them plenty of water. I don't think I can over water them with our soil. I would guess I have about 80-90 tomatoes growing now, not including the cherry ones. I expect about 400-500 by the end of the growing season if there are no issues with critters or disease.

Lucretia
07-17-2013, 05:43 PM
Some of the cherry tomatoes look like they're thinking about turning...

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boomchakabowwow
07-18-2013, 09:12 PM
i'm off to the races..racing with my squirrels to get to my harvest first.

making shrimp cocktail tonight (mexican version)

starting with some heirloom version i've long since forgotten the name of...

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y482/boomchakabowwow/DSC_0011_zps32bd0a07.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/boomchakabowwow/media/DSC_0011_zps32bd0a07.jpg.html)

DeepCSweede
07-19-2013, 10:04 AM
I picked two cherries and one orange sun gold last night. First ones are always the best. Starting slow but hoping for a great finish. Picked the only pepper that is growing so not sure how those are going to end up. Plants are still really low. Should have cukes by Sunday.

Lucretia
07-22-2013, 12:37 PM
Picked the first Sungolds last night. Should have let them go another day, but couldn't wait anymore. They were really, really sweet.

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More are on the way, and the cherry romas are starting to color up!

boomchakabowwow
07-22-2013, 02:12 PM
i jarred all my Romas last night. still having issues with cramming enough of them in the jar so i dont get that watery dead space. they shrink while in the water bath.

tonight, i am making tomato jam!! i have so many sweet heirlooms. dont want to waste them.

Lucretia
07-24-2013, 09:58 AM
Sooooo close:



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Still a long way to go:



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boomchakabowwow
07-24-2013, 12:56 PM
made tomato jam last night. canned a bunch of it.

my harvest is winding down.

eaglerock
07-24-2013, 04:03 PM
Got 3 plants, they are very big with loads of flowers and some green tomatoes. i don't think i can get many before the frost. i started very late :(

Lefty
07-24-2013, 06:08 PM
If you guys followed me on Instagram, you'd see pics. Sorry..... :D

DeepCSweede
07-24-2013, 07:47 PM
Isn't there a fire you can be fighting right now?

Lucretia
08-16-2013, 02:09 PM
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DevinT
08-16-2013, 07:43 PM
Yea, why ruin it with some lettuce when you have tomatoes like that.

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stereo.pete
08-16-2013, 11:49 PM
Yea, why ruin it with some lettuce when you have tomatoes like that.

Hoss

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JBroida
08-17-2013, 12:02 AM
our tomatoes are doing really well, but people keep stealing them from us. We always see the ones just before they are ready and always say, "lets eat them tomorrow". Then, when we come the next day, they are gone. Its not rodents or anything... just rude people passing by. Really sucks.

Lucretia
08-17-2013, 12:42 AM
I had a big pineapple tomato turning, and went to pick it and a slug had hollowed it out from underneath. :curse:

The cherry tomatos are going nuts right now. We're saving the lettuce for them. Making BLT salads--quarter the cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with sea salt, and let drain for a bit. Mix up a dressing of mayo, red wine vinegar, and lots of black pepper. Stir in the tomatoes and some chopped scallions, then put on a bed of lettuce and top with chopped bacon. We've got so many cherry tomatoes right now that I'm using some of them to check my sharpening.




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Lucretia
08-17-2013, 01:09 AM
Using a pop-up greenhouse really made a difference this year--we're actually getting some beefsteak tomatoes. This bad boy has a BLT in his future...




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dharperino
08-18-2013, 11:57 AM
Where we live the fog "reigns" during the summer which means we have given up growing out own tomatoes. But. We have a wonderful source of San Marzanos grown in Watsonville!! I cook them in a slow oven for 6 hours or so, put them through a tomato mill and freeze the most wonderful sauce/paste you have seen!

Lucretia
08-21-2013, 12:50 AM
If you really need lettuce along with the B&T:

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Salty dog
08-21-2013, 07:43 AM
Currently harvesting Beefmasters. Good season.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f296/sebcat/1_zpsf95a02ef.jpg (http://s49.photobucket.com/user/sebcat/media/1_zpsf95a02ef.jpg.html)

Salty dog
08-21-2013, 10:03 AM
This morning's harvest.

http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f296/sebcat/4_zps4d7b42cc.jpg (http://s49.photobucket.com/user/sebcat/media/4_zps4d7b42cc.jpg.html)

WildBoar
08-21-2013, 11:05 AM
Nice haul! Due to our very late start and soil issues, the plants are just now fruiting. Our harvest won't really start for a couple more weeks. it will be a very short salsa and fresh tomato sauce season for us. At least out basil plants have been kicking butt; we've been swimming in pesto.

DeepCSweede
08-21-2013, 01:18 PM
I am ticked off because two of the plants that I bought that were supposed to be Cherokee Purples are some type of Roma cross with a cherry tomato hybrid. They taste ok but I never would have bought them and for what I paid, I really wouldn't have bought them. I am still waiting on the last one that s/b Cherokee to start to color. Sun Golds and Sweet 100's are coming in like crazy now, but the plants are no where near as full as past years.

Lucretia
08-22-2013, 11:54 AM
Wow, Salty! Those are beautiful!

WildBoar
10-07-2013, 07:09 PM
Finally reaping the fruits of our labor 19140 Pulled these in over the last 3 days. There are at least 3 dozen partially-ripe medium/ large tomatoes on the vines, and 2-3xs that amount of cherry/ plums. And over 50 very green medium/ large tomatoes. Unfortunately temps are dropping here today and we will be in the low 50s at night and only around 70 during the day, so most of what is out there may not make it to full ripeness :(

Lucretia
10-07-2013, 07:56 PM
:drool: Our finished up a couple weeks ago. All we have left are ugly babies that are only good for demonstrations of pedal dexterity. Lots in the freezer, tho.

Have you ever tried pulling up the plants and hanging them in the garage upside down to ripen? I've heard that will work, although you want to put something under them to catch all the leaves that fall off. There's always fried green tomatoes.

Mucho Bocho
10-21-2013, 04:03 PM
I know these aren't tomatoes but thought this would be the best place to put the pic. Harvested the sweet potatoes yesterday in our small raised bed. This was the first year i did them. Some large ones and lots of small ones. The eggplants are still going strong too.

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