Outdoor Tomatoes 2013

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Postponed planting to after Mother's Day, but apparently... not long enough. I think I may lose all or most of my GrowBox tomatoes. The temperatures didn't quite reach frost this weekend... I think. But the tomato plants were badly damaged. Not sure, but maybe the marginally-fatal cold, heavy winds, and lashing rain left the plants hurt, then the rains made the soil completely waterlogged, and essentially the plants got fertlizer burn. If that made sense... Dunno if any will survive. The Park's Better Bush tomatoes in self-watering pots look quite happy, at least.
    
 
Harvests: thru 11/12 - frost on 11/3, hard freeze on 11/12
juliet : 650, first 7/21, lived until 11/12 (2 plants)
roma : 0, first 7/25 (none of them were worth eating, deleted plant 9/8)
better bush : 20, first 8/7
mortgage lifter : 19, first 8/15 (grafted) (only about half the fruits were edible) - removed 11/2
bucks county : 38, first 8/17 (first with BER, still mostly edible) - removed 11/2
san marzano: 0 worth eating, terminated on October 19 - zero ripened on plant (fell off, plant too sick)
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Season's end - hard freeze
Season's end - hard freeze tonight. Picked a bunch green, and broke down 3 of the tomato vines and the eggplant and peppers this afternoon. Left the juliets to face the freeze - if any tomato can survive tonight, it'll be those. They still have little tomatoes to grow bigger, after I harvested the largest 65.

season's end, hard freeze tonight - tomatoes at the back just graduated from bag-ripening - ate last 4 midget eggplant last night autumn's progress  

Great season. Except I tried 3 new varieties and found 0 new favorites - I won't grow any of those again. Juliet remains a champ - perfectly happy with CT shoreline weather, and 625 fruit harvested is more than enough. Bucks County still tastes the absolute best. I'm glad I finally grew the better bush outside once. It would have done better in a GrowBox, but it's too short to compete with my favorites in a GrowBox.

Roma, San Marzano, and Mortgage Lifter are all emphatic don't grow well here. The grafted business was interesting, and probably the only reason I harvested any ML fruit. But even grafted, they didn't taste as good or perform as well as Bucks County, Early Girl, Better Bush, Super Tasty, or Tomande. I just don't get enough sun for good-tasting large-fruited tomatoes.

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Glad your beans survived,
Glad your beans survived, Beth!

None of my summer crops are dead of frost - yet. The peppers look very beat, but they've looked that way for weeks. And the eggplant is getting droopy. But the tomatoes and beans seem unfazed. I'm no longer protecting them. Picked all advanced-but-not-ripe fruit a few days ago, and left the rest to either get closer to ripe, or die, depending. I figure a light frost won't destroy green fruit, and what's left out there won't bag ripen without a little more development first.

The forecast and what actually happens aren't very close lately. Currently forecast night of demise is Tuesday. We'll see.

Trailing vinca seem less cold-resistant than bushy vinca. The trailing vinca look very unhappy. But snapdragons are just getting started.

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 We had a first frost 25th,
 We had a first frost 25th, hard frost 26th. Just pulled out wooshy pepper plants. Beans survived under row cover plus a tarp. They need one more week. Temps will be fine here this week. So that's it for outside growing....

 

 

 

 

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Wow, frost warning tonight
Wow, frost warning tonight for shoreline CT. It's only supposed to get down to 37 degrees, but scattered pockets of frost, sort of thing.

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Cut down the San Marzano.
Cut down the San Marzano. Whatever it was sick with seemed to be the same as the roma tomato suffered, because its fruit fell off unevenly unripened, and it had no flavor. From now on, for paste tomato flavor, I'm happy sticking with Juliet. They produce, lots, and they taste like tomato paste.

juliet tomatoes still producing 3 downstairs tomatoes and gretel eggplant still producing - discarded the hanging san marzano tomato - blech

The Bucks County and Mortgage Lifter both harvested this week, too, and still have some more fruit on board. Temperatures will reach down to 40 this week, but probably no frost yet. We'll see. The number of hours they get sun is getting kinda limiting, though. And they're leaf-bald. But they've ripened quite a few delicious fruit in their current baldness. The better bush has more fruit, and they're ripening, but they look odd - might not be good.

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Still harvesting, and they're
Still harvesting, and they're good tomatoes! My very best - got 8 of the bucks county beefsteaks this week - yummm. The juliets are slowing down, yielding only 39 this week.

I don't count them toward harvest, but I tried two San Marzanos today... Godawful. They fell off the plant unripe, and got kinda redder in a bowl of juliets. Maybe they'll taste better if one ever ripens on the plant. I'm leaning towards not growing paste tomatoes again. The juliets taste like tomato paste. The Roma and San Marzano are the worst-tasting tomatoes I've ever grown. Maybe they're just sick.

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Another 2 weeks, 2 more bucks
Another 2 weeks, 2 more bucks county, and 150 juliet tomatoes. The San Marzano may actually ripen a couple, though it sure doesn't get much sun anymore. It's been really warm the past week, and we're finally getting rain after several weeks with none.
around 60 juliet tomatoes - again - and 3 sliced eggplant in the dehydrator 10/06 2013 hard-working juliet tomatoes finally running down 10 06 2013 https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6uXQHCL3SZA/UlIFEJIR03I/AAAAAAAAQwk/U_qeltvUufU/w563-h721-no/DSCN1181.JPG https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TWZuTsbQgRs/UlIFFBgun2I/AAAAAAAAQws/ZC9-NN2aGQg/w781-h586-no/DSCN1184.JPG

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Another week, another 71
Another week, another 71 juliet tomatoes. Dried more... This week was also the main crop of bucks county tomatoes. Got a couple mortgage lifters too, mostly suffering from sunscald.

Not a single San Marzano has started to ripen yet, and the overnight low last night was 44. But, no frost in the forecast yet.

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Some of the tomatoes nearly
Some of the tomatoes nearly exploded with the recent hot weather. I'm getting a few more cukes out of it, though!

Sorry to hear about your squirrels. I haven't seen any lately. Apparently there's a mysterious squirrel shortage in New Haven, too. I hope nothing horrible happened to them. For whatever reason, my squirrels never went after my vegetable garden, except for acorn storage.

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Have they perked up with the
Have they perked up with the recent warmer weather?  Tomato season was bad once again down here in Maryland. Cold and rainy in spring, super hot for a spell in July, then rainy. Squirrels got most of the early tomatoes. Looking forward to a good indoor veggie grow this fall. 

 

 

 

 

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