First Red Tomato

My first red tomatoes are Juliets. The Stupices, and the Early Girls are still green. Temps have been in the low 80s F during the day, and around 50 F at night. The Juliets are one hanging above the other. At first, it looked like one large banana shaped tomato, before I realized it was 2 tomatoes. Silly bunt.
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Billy wrote:

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Billy wrote:

Get your glasses fixed and then you will be able to see the bolour television.
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What is "bolour television"?
A strong storm with high winds damaged several of my tomato plants a few days ago. The heavy loaded plants fell over with the trellises. I think I will leave them on the ground hoping the main trunk did not break or get damaged too much or did not up root that much. They are just turning red.
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Nad wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_bunt
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'E said, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
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How long is your season? My early girls produced their first around the end of June.
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Tomato season typically begins here around the end of July. I can get in the ground by mid-April, usually by the 1st of May, but the soil doesn't get to 60F until around the beginning of June. Tomato season has just begun in Sonoma County. We've had a cool summer. We've only reached 90F once and that was on the third of July (93 F). Good weather can keep vines in warmer areas, like Alexander Valley, producing until Nov., but I'm on the north side of a hill, and the loss of sunlight pretty much shuts the garden down by the beginning of Oct. The Sun skims the hill, below the tree line (trees block the sunlight) from mid-November to February. Kale, beets, parsnips, parsley will over winter, but they won't grow.
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On 8/26/2011 1:34 PM, Billy wrote:

Interesting. Our first frost free day is May 15 but you can plant two weeks earlier but ground is not warm enough to do much. We end in October and first frost might be as early as the 15th of Oct. Most aim for first red tomato by the fourth of July. Unusual to get mine as early as I did but we've had a very hot summer.
We're a small state and climate only varies a little but I know California's can be all over the map. One year around labor day when we were in Orange County it was 105 degrees and a week later in Yosemite the Donner Pass was snowed in and we could not drive through it.
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Desert to rain forests, oceans to mountains, there's a little bit of everything. Some people love the desert, but I'm more of a forest/river kind of guy.
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Then you will love Michigan... Lots of lakes, rivers and forest... Do you like snow? I sorta thought you were the suburb home type.
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That's where I escaped from in the 60's.
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-snip-
I've never been able to figure that out. I planted Beefsteak, a bunch of cherry tomatoes, a Polish Linguisa, and Shumway's "Early Bird".
The Cherry tomatoes came in first-- [except for some sweet 100s and some currant tomatoes which still aren't ripening], followed by the Beefsteak, then the polish Linguisa. The 'Early' plants are surrounded by ripe tomatoes- but they show no signs of ever getting ripe. One fell off the vine & I wondered if it was ripe, but still green. Nope- hard as a rock.
All of those plants were treated exactly the same from seeds- to when and how they went into the garden. Seems like about 1/2 the time my 'Early-whatevers' are the last to ripen.
I'm in Zone 5- The garden is at the base of an east facing tree covered slope-- so the sun 'sets' an hour or two early.
When I planted corn I always planted 3 varieties- early-middle-late. They never came in in that order- though I got good crops for the raccoons from all 3 varieties.
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