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Old 05-30-2023, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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Thank you. How exciting ! Do I need to refrigerate and can they be frozen successfully?
Yeah, you should refrigerate. I usually eat mine soon after picking so I don't freeze the ones I grow, but I don't see why you couldn't.
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Old 05-30-2023, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Cookeville, Tn
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Great. I’ll cut this weekend
That’s one veggie I’ll eat cooked hot or cold and raw.
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Old 05-30-2023, 06:52 PM
 
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I am back from a two week trip in our RV and the garden (tomatoes especially) have grown, but they are not producing many tomatoes. I had a timer and everything was watered each day. I plan on hitting everything with some Miracle Grow for Tomatoes tomorrow.
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Old 05-31-2023, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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I think tomato fertiliser is just marketing. If your plants need fertiliser it's more likely they need nitrogen. If you're growing in aquaponics (ie no nutrients are naturally present and all of them have to be added), 3:1:2 seems to be the ideal ratio. And many soils have enough P&K, so in many natural soils only nitrogen is needed if anything at all (you'd have to do a soil test to know for sure).

Do you normally get tomatoes this early or are the plants normally bigger at this time of year. Most people in my area only get tomatoes in August. Maybe second half of July if it's an early maturing determinate variety or cherry tomato.
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Old 05-31-2023, 06:56 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We've been eating cherry tomatoes daily from small plants purchased in March and it's been a cool North Carolina spring.
A week ago (while tomatoes were full of green fruit and blossoming) they looked a little pale so I fertilized with Miracle Gro Tomato Fert and they look better now.

Am always leery of adding nitrogen to veggie plants and getting lots of leaves and little veg. I grow half my veggies in clay soil and half in grow bags and there's not a lot of difference in output so maybe the fertilizer is unnecessary, who knows. I never fertilizer a lot at once.
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Old 05-31-2023, 08:08 AM
 
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I think tomato fertiliser is just marketing. If your plants need fertiliser it's more likely they need nitrogen. If you're growing in aquaponics (ie no nutrients are naturally present and all of them have to be added), 3:1:2 seems to be the ideal ratio. And many soils have enough P&K, so in many natural soils only nitrogen is needed if anything at all (you'd have to do a soil test to know for sure).

Do you normally get tomatoes this early or are the plants normally bigger at this time of year. Most people in my area only get tomatoes in August. Maybe second half of July if it's an early maturing determinate variety or cherry tomato.
After further review there are 30 to 40 tomatoes in various sizes on the plants. When we left two weeks ago there were a few tomatoes at that time, but they did not grow much.
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Old 05-31-2023, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Thank you. How exciting ! Do I need to refrigerate and can they be frozen successfully?
Blanch then freeze quickly. My wife would blanch them then lay them out on a metal baking sheet and the put them in the chest freezer. Once frozen solid we vac seal them for long term freezing.
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Old 05-31-2023, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Centre Wellington, ON
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We've been eating cherry tomatoes daily from small plants purchased in March and it's been a cool North Carolina spring.
A week ago (while tomatoes were full of green fruit and blossoming) they looked a little pale so I fertilized with Miracle Gro Tomato Fert and they look better now.

Am always leery of adding nitrogen to veggie plants and getting lots of leaves and little veg. I grow half my veggies in clay soil and half in grow bags and there's not a lot of difference in output so maybe the fertilizer is unnecessary, who knows. I never fertilizer a lot at once.
This is what I'm basing my info from:
https://www.gardenmyths.com/bloom-bo...izer-nonsense/

If your plants look pale, they're probably lacking in nitrogen. The Tomato Fert does contain Nitrogen, so your plant may have taken that up, but that means that all the high P & K in the Tomato Fert is unnecessarily being wasted.

I know the "nitrogen = leaves and no fruits" line gets repeated in gardening circles a lot, but a lot of things get repeated in gardening circles without evidence to back it up. Lots of leaves is generally a good thing, it means the plant produces more sugar from the sun's rays, which it pumps into the ground to feed beneficial bacteria near the roots that convert nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium found in the soil into forms that are usable to the plant.
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Old 06-01-2023, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Cookeville, Tn
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Thanks threerun. Good to know. I’ve heard the vac seal works really well and planned to get one.
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Old 06-02-2023, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Am always leery of adding nitrogen to veggie plants and getting lots of leaves and little veg. I grow half my veggies in clay soil and half in grow bags and there's not a lot of difference in output so maybe the fertilizer is unnecessary, who knows. I never fertilizer a lot at once.


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I know the "nitrogen = leaves and no fruits" line gets repeated in gardening circles a lot, but a lot of things get repeated in gardening circles without evidence to back it up. Lots of leaves is generally a good thing, it means the plant produces more sugar from the sun's rays, which it pumps into the ground to feed beneficial bacteria near the roots that convert nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium found in the soil into forms that are usable to the plant.

Never "just" add Nitrogen. You need the N-P-K factor


I learned what works best is a 10-10-10 fert 1 week and a 9-58-8 bloom/rooting type fert 2 weeks later and keep rotating..


Or if your leaves look great forget the 10-10-10 and just do the 9-58-8 every other week. It will give your plant more reason to bloom
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