Outdoor Tomatoes 2011

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Harvest:

early indoor/outdoor jetstar tomato: 3 (first 6/14)

juliet: 460 (first 7/8 - should have waited another 1-2 days)

early girl: 47 (first 7/17) - terminated 10/22

bucks county: 35 (first 7/18)

supertasty: 46 (first 7/26)

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Tomato plants appear to be

Tomato plants appear to be dying, despite ministrations. Have lots of dried tomatoes now. The gobs of juliets really are convenient for drying, and taste much better after the first clutch of fruit.

  

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Another week, another 212

Another week, another 212 tomatoes - mostly 195 juliets. The juliets have been tasting much better, too. The bucks has especially suffered BER unabating, and all the tomato plants suddenly turned yellow this week - blighted, I assume. (They've had extra food... though maybe I should try that again too in a couple days.) So, much pruned and sprayed with fungicide. We'll see. It's too early for tomato season to end.

  

All in all, I think next year I won't add Tomatoes Alive! to tomato growboxes again. Just standard growbox nutes, with a second helping around August 1. Hard to say, though. I also used some really cheapo potting mix - cut with standard Miracle Gro potting mix - because I refilled all the boxes this year (mostly). Particularly underwhelmed by the early girl and bucks county performance - not just low harvest and BER, but that even the largest fruit on those plants are pretty small.

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All tomatoes harvesting -

All tomatoes harvesting - lots! This week 79 juliets (small), 6 supertasty (huge), 11 early girl (small) and 2 bucks county (really small for this variety). The bucks county especially is struggling with BER, losing most of its fruit. Using Enz-Rot, which may or may not be helping. And I don't know why all the fruit from this growbox is so tiny, yet the supertasty from the other growbox are huge for that variety. But I have lots, to cook, dry, and give away. Most of the bag-ripened supertasties are doing fine, included in the count now. But also some vine-ripened now.

  

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Reaching tomato harvest

Reaching tomato harvest season at last. This week, 23 juliets, 2 early girls, and 1 bucks county. The bucks had serious BER, but I just cut that part off, and the rest of the tomato was so good! Those are the best tasting tomato I grow. The last holdout, supertasty, has started to ripen on the vine, and several are bag-ripening. That poor supertasty plant - between its best vine breaking, its fruit growing huge this year, and being swallowed by the aggressive juliet, not expecting the usual overachieving harvest.

     

Made ratatouille for the first time this year last night. Yummm.

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My mid-size tomatoes have

My mid-size tomatoes have started ripening! I'm surprised - thought it would be another week before they began. The supertasty had a setback - a vine of suddenly-huge tomatoes broke under the weight. Brown-bagged those... But harvested first early girl today. Another buck's county is coming along, tho has BER. Might be partly edible, might not.

     

Treated all to Enz-Rot again. Plants were beginning to yellow a little, and the tomatoes downstairs are kinda puny, so went ahead and added mid-season round of fertilizer. (Maybe 1/3 growbox nutes, plus Tomatoes Alive!, because I didn't have any more growbox nutes.) The downstairs growbox fertilizer had virtually disappeared. The upstairs, much more aggressive, tomatoes, didn't seem as depleted.

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Yeah, but you can EAT green

Yeah, but you can EAT green peppers!

 

 

 

 

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Beth - yeah. At least 40

Beth - yeah. At least 40 days.... Such a shame that my early tomato got sick this year. Oh, well, at least the juliets are ripening early. My "early girl" so far looks like it'll be second-to-last. Though I must say, it's less frustrating than waiting for full-size green peppers to turn red. They seem to look exactly the same for 3-4 weeks. At least tomatoes keep growing and changing color, however slowly.

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Drives me nuts looking at

Drives me nuts looking at full size green tomatoes day after day - even when I know it will take at least 40 days to grow and ripen!

 

 

 

 

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Tomatoes coming along slowly.

Tomatoes coming along slowly. Not really expecting to start harvesting mid-size before Aug 1, with a supply of little juliets in the meantime. The supertasty has some full-size fruit, but as a semi-determinate, unless I deploy a banana, it may postpone ripening any for another month or two. Keep debating with myself about hacking these plants back, and do lop off some every week... The ones on the balcony are a particular trial, swallowing the satellite dish, easily drinking 4 gallons a day, filling half the balcony and spilling over. Juliet has a couple yellow leaves in the interior, but I think that's just lack of light.

     

Probably a mistake to add Tomatoes Alive! fertilizer in addition to the growbox nutes.

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No, no supplemental feeding

No, no supplemental feeding yet. The growbox tomatoes are all deep green and growing way too fast so far - vegetation, not fruit. More fertilizer would just make the aphids fatter. End of July, early August, probably, for the bonus feed. My season's later than yours, of course.

 

Funny you should ask. Picked and ate my first Juliet today! Should have waited another day or two, I think... We shall not judge the plant by the first tomato.  Kinda bland. But I've read online that juliets are bland if

a) they're not grown in heat - and it was gorgeously cool earlier in the week, and shoreline CT rarely gets hot by most US standards

b) they're picked too soon - from fully scarlet, they progress to fully crimson?

Next one's already ripening, though. I'll try it redder.

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