Really though, this is awesome, I wish I had time to grow tomatoes. Maybe next year. Do you save your own seed?
...haha, that will become a bog at some point, I just haven't figured out where yet . For now, I repotted all those from their tiny peat pellets (first time with those, won't be using them again), into individual pots. They are much bigger, they look small because I always bury them deep, roots develop from the stalks. They are in that pool because they're outside now and I cover it up with plastic at night. Plus, I put some water in there for them to draw up instead of watering every pot. Yes, these are all from my own seed that I harvest every year, I've been doing it for a while. I've sent out seeds here before, nobody asked for any this year. My seed offer is without expiry .
Post by amanitovirosa on May 23, 2016 6:44:52 GMT -5
...a great tomato storm is looming, here is the setup for my Twin Tomato Tornadoes this year. 16 plants in each one, I will be supporting them in a spiral fashion, one clockwise and the other counter clockwise. They're about 14-15 feet high so I should have enough height support. Maybe I won't be losing control of my garden this year!
I've been growing tomato's from seed under lights with the CP's. Today the cherry tomatoes are going in two 17" pots and the bigger ones into two earthboxes. Nothing like yours but it's all I have room for.
Almost forgot, the fancy hot pepper seedlings are going out also.
Post by amanitovirosa on Jun 25, 2016 21:11:12 GMT -5
...Thanks Morphman, I don't really look at it as work though. More of a way to relax and keep myself sane, plus I love a REAL tomato! Good luck with yours, remember, indeterminates will need staking. Here is a quote I really like from one of my tomato books... "The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway" - Michael Pollan (I don't know who he is). Here is something I just said..."Keep your hands in the dirt!" Cheers!
I totally know what you mean. I try to do as much as I can with plants because it's my therapy and I also don't consider it work Still a big effort you did.
What the heck are indeterminates ? Don't tell me I gotta start reading up on tomatoes like I do with CPs and Orchids.
Speaking of real tomatoes, when I first came to Canada my mom had a basket of fruit on her table and I couldn't tell if they were real or not. Even after I touched and smelled them. Had to peel a banana to be convinced. I'm used to going to markets where I know the availability by smell and not sight.
Post by amanitovirosa on Jun 25, 2016 21:59:53 GMT -5
...it's not the effort that is the problem it is the lack of time needed to put forth the effort. The tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable originating from tropical South America. The explorers brought it back to Europe where it became prized and popular. Very early on it was believed to have aphrodisiac qualities. Basically there are two types of tomatoes; determinite, which grow to a 'determined' size, produce fruit and then stop growing and producing. These are usually medium size, probably the wise choice for container growing, but no fun! Then there are indeterminate tomatoes. These are the ones that will grow year round into trees if given the right conditions. The only reason our tomatoes here in Canada die sometime in Oct/Nov is because they are tropical, and Canada is not. Give yours all the sun and heat you can without cooking the roots, the hotter the better! Pruning is important as well. At every stalk/branch apex will grow a new stalk, from which will grow branches and more new stalks. You can control your tomato by pruning these off before it gets completely out of control. Hope this helps, experience will tell you more. The most important thing it will tell you is never to buy tomatoes at the store because THEY ARE NOT TOMATOES!!! Once you grow your own you never go back....Good Luck.
Thanks AV for the wealth of knowledge. Really helps
I have like ten plants now with some being considerable bigger than other (cost more). So how do I know if what I have is determinate or not. Also have peppers and other stuff but this is the TOMATO THREAD so I'll stick to tomatoes here
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