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Emma56
05-21-2008, 11:42 AM
How are everyone’s tomato gardens doing ? Here in New York it is still to cold to put them out. I plan to grow five heirloom types this year in a raised bed of compost :)

Thorne
05-21-2008, 11:48 AM
Put 3 in over a month ago, already flowering. Planted another a few days ago, trying to NOT have 'em all ripen at once...again.

Paul Pless
05-21-2008, 11:59 AM
I started picking tomatoes here about a week ago.:)

Popeye
05-21-2008, 12:09 PM
going to try a celebrity upside down

Dutch
05-21-2008, 12:39 PM
Id rather have a v-8

paladin
05-21-2008, 12:39 PM
dunno yet....got the plants on the upper deck...have a dozen cherry types starting to flower....herbs doing good, peppers, basic shoots for the onions......

Popeye
05-21-2008, 12:41 PM
my neighbor, she had nice tomato's last year

JBreeze
05-21-2008, 12:56 PM
Hi Emma56!

What type of heirlooms will you grow? I was thinking about a few purple cherokees this year (80 days)......I was going to try a couple of brandywines, but something I read said 100 days!

I have a 6-pack of basic beefstakes, but am trying to round out the garden with a couple more plants - maybe an early vaiety, and at least one heirloom.

Any advice appropriate for RI is appreciated:)

Mrleft8
05-22-2008, 07:04 AM
I have early girls, better boys, romas, sweet 100s, sweet one millions, and salsas out and in plastic collars. They're ALL very unhappy about being tricked into going out, getting 4 days of perfect warm weather with soft breezes, and then 2 weeks of nearly freezing nights and howling winds. But they were looking so unhappy and leggy inside.....

Osborne Russell
05-22-2008, 07:10 AM
Due to over-population (of humans) there's a lack of dirt around here, believe it or not. I got some and mixed it with store-bought planting soil. Those containers are doing well. Those in pure store soil are struggling.

Used up all my compost elsewhere but another batch is coming. I need to work it so I have a big batch ready about May 1. Next year fer sure.

Popeye
05-22-2008, 07:22 AM
the topsy turvy upside-down tomato planter (http://topsyturvys.com/10001.html)

and tomato trials (http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/PLANTANSWERS/vegetables/2001tomatotrials/2001varietytrial.html) , including 'celebrity'

S.V. Airlie
05-22-2008, 07:36 AM
Due to over-population (of humans) there's a lack of dirt around here, believe it or not. I got some and mixed it with store-bought planting soil. Those containers are doing well. Those in pure store soil are struggling.

Used up all my compost elsewhere but another batch is coming. I need to work it so I have a big batch ready about May 1. Next year fer sure.

Should have planted them in the bilge..;)

Oh, that kind of dirt!!!

Popeye
05-22-2008, 07:46 AM
you could , as in certain ancient gardening traditions of yore , pee on it

tinkle has lots of urea and nitrogen in it, green leafy plants just love it when you make pishy

TC
05-22-2008, 08:58 AM
Any advice appropriate for RI is appreciated:)

Here on the RI/MA/CT line heirloom Brandywines did really well 2 summers ago. Kind of an unattractive red but really tasty, great in sandwiches and salads.

Last summer we got beat out by yellowjackets: every time a tomato would get ripe enough to pick the yj's would swarm it and eat it. Traps stemmed the tide a little (and too late) but the majority of our crop from 24 plants was lost. It was weird, never had seen anything like it. So this year the yj traps go out before the tom's go in.
Tim

Dutch
05-22-2008, 01:12 PM
for heirlooms I grow the german johnson. better than a brandywine. brandywine is over hyped.;)

Ahimsakid
05-22-2008, 01:31 PM
My 8 plants have yielded 4 golf-ball sized tomaytoes from plants about three feet high. Now with temps peaking over 100, no more fruit is setting <sigh>

Popeye
05-22-2008, 01:35 PM
anyone know how to grow a german johnson