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Old 06-23-2018, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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To add to my last post...I had a volunteer tomato plant come up, nowhere near the others and they are just coming ripe. This plant had absolutely no love, and yet it has tomatoes. Go figure.
It might be most productive of all!!!
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:21 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I started saving tomato seeds 40 y/a and never tried to keep different varieties separate, so it's always a surprise what size & shape fruit appears on the plants each year. I use no fertilizer except the composted horse manure I till in each spring. The yield is always more than we can use ourselves, and we always have plenty to give away. The wife doesn't usually can too much. She figures tomato paste is so cheap in the stores it's hardly worth the fuel, effort & storage space to do it herself.
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Old 06-24-2018, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I started saving tomato seeds 40 y/a and never tried to keep different varieties separate, so it's always a surprise what size & shape fruit appears on the plants each year. I use no fertilizer except the composted horse manure I till in each spring. The yield is always more than we can use ourselves, and we always have plenty to give away. The wife doesn't usually can too much. She figures tomato paste is so cheap in the stores it's hardly worth the fuel, effort & storage space to do it herself.

Used to can tomatoes, tomato juice....unless you have a family, too much like work....
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Old 06-24-2018, 03:40 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Used to can tomatoes, tomato juice....unless you have a family, too much like work....
I know, right? I did that, and other things like picking berries, when I was a young mother, but now I just buy canned. I just want enough fresh tomatoes for two people, and I even let the birds have my blueberries this year.
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Old 06-25-2018, 09:14 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I'm growing Cherokee Purple, closest I could find for Brandywine....it's huge but just now forming blossoms...
be a long time before a tomato sandwich.
Next year look for German Johnson. They aren't terribly prolific but, I think, are closer to Brandywine. German Queen is also similar but more prolific.

I live between Shelby & Gastonia. Lowes inventory is different in each town. The Gastonia Lowes & one of the hardware stores where l live almost always carry Brandywine in the spring.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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To add to my last post...I had a volunteer tomato plant come up, nowhere near the others and they are just coming ripe. This plant had absolutely no love, and yet it has tomatoes. Go figure.
The most volunteer tomato crop we ever had was in Va, followed by NM. They were never as large or as productive as the plants we planted and gave attention to, but they did produce. Enjoy, the more the merrier.
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Old 07-07-2018, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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My one Cherokee Purple is going strong, just amazing, but not ripe yet...the
Patio tomatoes... hardly any flavor at all.

How are your tomatoes doing? Any delicious tomato sandwiches yet???
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:08 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Look in the all vegetable garden I just picked a mortgage lifter and it is awesome .
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Old 07-13-2018, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Picking from the Patio plants....the Cherokee Purple blossom rot is no longer affecting the newer tomatoes since I added a fertilizer with calcium and also since the torrential rains have stopped...

BUYING heirlooms at $2 pound...
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:52 PM
 
Location: BFE
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Found some of those horrible hornworm caterpillars last night! Primarily on my pepper plant, which is nearly destroyed, but I knew they would be on the tomato's, too.

I dusted them this morning, and you should see the little buggers dropping dead and dying off my poor plants! They were all (except one) too small to really find, and they would have wiped my plants out.

Glad I got to them early. I owe the pepper plant for the "heads up".
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