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Old 08-07-2008, 05:30 AM
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I had so many peas that I pulled the plants at the end of June ... they were done and getting yellow. Pulled my cukes last weekend, they were done too ... started getting cukes that were fat on one end and skinny on the other .. no more energy I guess. But I had at least 5 12+ inch/3+ wide ones. Plus, when I pulled the plants, I found even more.

I have to relocate my garden next year. This is the first year we've lived in this house, so I was just seeing if stuff would grow! The Southern Indiana soil tends to be on the tan/red side. Up in northern Indiana, the soil is beautiful black and fertile as heck. But my parents aren't having much luck up there this year either.

Again, I'm really sorry for everyone's bad seasons. All I did was water with miracle grow once a month and watered at least every other day ... no muss, no fuss.

This year, I'm calling my crushed tomatoes, Nude and Rude ... nude because there's nothing in them and rude because they look so weird. Also, I'm an Iggy Pop fan, so it's my tribute to him.

Gotta get boiling.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:20 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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I just canned 16 pints of whole tomatoes and 12 pints of spaghetti sauce. And the 'maters just keep on coming!

I wish I could send you some ...

When you say they look like crap ... ??? What's the problem?
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:21 AM
Location: on an island
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I've gotten a lot of tomatoes and peppers, and I am still getting them, so can't complain, but I have been fighting garden pests since June.

This summer's growing season has worn me down a bit, because I am doing an organic garden (organic fertilizer, organic pest control etc etc) and the battle never ends. You have to constantly be on top of it.

I didn't have any of these problems last year, and got tons of tomatoes.
This year I've worked much harder for them.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:21 PM
Location: Tennessee
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I`m glad to hear that some of you are having a good year for them, but I`m jealous.
They are small, rottening before they are even completely ripe, they are splitting, you name it.
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Old 08-07-2008, 03:55 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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Mine have been horrible this year. I use compost and some Miracle Grow for tomatoes, same as every year but this year there are only a few tomatoes and what few there are will not ripen. I bought the plants out in the country from a farm type place -- Early Boy and a plum tomato -- they just never did get many flowers in the first place.

I've now had a grand total of 5 plum tomatoes and zero big boys. green tomatoes hanging on the vines.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:10 PM
Location: Beautiful Raleigh, NC
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We got off to a late start and planted our's around 4th of July. We're in NC. The plants are tall with a couple of green fruit and lots of flowers. I'm thinking about cutting the top of the plants off so that they will focus on existing fruit and flowers.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:24 PM
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Alas I'm getting some potting soil tomorrow to start some seeds in. Yep feel the need for a winter crop. If we should get a frost I'll through a blanket over them and take it off the next day. I should have fresh vine ripened tomatoes for Christmas dinner. I'm hoping to not have the problems mentioned on this thread. Usually it's the bugs that do me in. Summer is to hot for pollination is why I've waited until now. By the time they will start blooming they should set and maybe the bugs will be slowing down a bit.
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:24 AM
Location: Los Angeles Area
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My tomato plants aren't doing so-so, they got attacked by thrips. Its a bit gross as they leave their little turds on the leaves. They are still producing some fruit though.
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:43 AM
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Mine did great until the weather got hot and they burntout.
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:25 PM
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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I'm really sorry to hear this ... where I am in Southern Indiana, I've been freezing my tomatos for almost 3 weeks already. I can't keep up with them ... I'm picking everyday and freezing at least once a week. They're the weirdest looking tomatos I've ever seen .. all gnarled, uneven and bulbous ... just bought some cheap plants from Menard's, nothing special, but man ... I wish I could send you some of mine! Here's a picture of what I will be freezing tomorrow:

The plants themselves are almost 5 feet tall and fall all over the place. I need to get bigger stakes.
Freeze them? Oh please, please tell me - how do you freeze tomatoes? Is there a secret? We love 'maters and can't get enough. When they're out of season we miss having them. If we ever get another good year like last I'd love to freeze them! And if anyone has any advice on how to freeze other veggies or can veggies, please let me know. This year we have cucumbers coming out our ears. I've been giving them to neighbors and co-workers like there's no tomorrow and we still can't keep up.

Mine are horrible too. Last year we had tons. They were small, but there were so many they were dying on the plants before we could pick them all. This year I have a couple that are the size of a quarter and one a little bigger, all still green. That's it. Bummer.
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