Ripe Tomatoes by July 4th, Almost...

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Missed my goal by a couple of days this year, but still the week of July 4th. Sausalito won the race this year. I did pick a couple of big green ones for my wife to fry up for herself. Not the biggest of course!
Lots of green ones and blooms so this year looks good, not like last year.
John! in NE GA US
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You should always state what part of the world or state you are in. For instance i live in Canada and no way can we have red tomatoes that early. -----============================================================================

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I'm in the Chicagoland area, and I don't even have buds yet. I planted shortly after March 15.
We've had almost zero rain. I've watered every day for roughly 1/2 hour with a "seeping" hose.
GK
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GK wrote:

No buds yet? What varities? It sounds like you are watering way to much. I water once a week and make sure the plants get at least 1 inch of water/week. I also mulched heavily. They are well established, so I skipped this weekend watering, they should be fine. And you aren't fertilizing, correct? Low feeders so too much and you get all green, no tomatoes.
I'm in a SW Chicago Burb (actually have Chicago bordering to the East, North and South) and so far have picked one Azoychka (smallish yellow beefsteak tomatoes) with two more ripening and have three early girls a dark orange. Two Early Goliath plants I gave away have resulted in one ripe tomato and one dark orange. The Early Golitah I have isn't showing signs yet. The Delicious (late beefteak) is doing OK, a few other plants I gave away have have anywhere from a few little ones finally starting to show to about 10 or so mid size tomatoes. Burgess Stuffing (first time trying) has a bunch, nothing close to ripening (unless they are small stuffing tomatoes?).
BTW the last 4 - 5 years I've been starting the tomatoes outside in a cheap-o cold frame. The nice thing is, no hardening off come planting time, just dig up and transplant :0)
Oh yeah - despite having a very cool spring (summer more than making up for it) I put a teeny Delicious plant outside & unprotected on March 18th to see how cold it could get before frost wiped it out. The darn thing surivived!
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On 10 Jul 2005 07:50:58 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

I have very vigorous plants and not many tomatoes. One of my plants is really small but has lots of tomatoes. Could you rewrite that last sentence so I can understand it? I assume you're suggesting fertilizer of some sort. Sue
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Sue wrote:

Low feeders so too much and you get all green,

=========Sorry - I meant tomato plants really don't need much fertilizer. Some people equate big plants = heavy fertilization(wd?). Too much nitrogen and you get massive plants and few tomatoes. So far I just fertilized at planting time (late May). Compost should feed the plants the remainder of the year.
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On 10 Jul 2005 11:06:45 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Thanks. All I did was to put these little commercial tomato stakes in. I have no idea what was in them, but I seem to be getting less blossom drop (a *big* problem) and, therefore, more tomatoes since doing it. Sue
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All plants will benefit from an occasional foliar feeding of seaweed/fish emulsion.
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Uhhhh, Andy.........John said Northeast Georgia USA, or do you want something a little more specific :-)
For the record, I just picked my first one today, Early Girl.
Keith in Extreme NE Georgia. To be exact Blairsville, GA USA. For perspective we are 19 miles from North Carolina, 23 miles from Tennessee and 36 miles from South Carolina.

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Poughkeepsie NY here (about 1/2 way between NYC and Albany). I've got tons of green ones but no color yet.
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Hey Neighbor! You must be on the south side of the mountain. I used to go up to the Experiment St all the time doing their computer work. Beautiful area to be sure.
John!
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Hey back at ya. You hit it dead on. We live about a mile and a half (as the crow flies) south of the Experiment Station on a road that sits across 129 from Pappy's. I too do work for Joe, Freya and UGA on the side, but it is of the remodeling variety. Joe and I sit on the local Boy Scout Committee together. Where are you located and are you guys covered in June Bugs and Japanese Beetles too?
Keith
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Keith:
We are south of Gainesville, just off 129 as well. No june bugs this year for some reason, but lots of jap beetles. I leave a couple of evening primroses as traps and kill them on it. That is the only thing they are attacking this year, but I must kill 20 a day on it.
Tell Freya John L says hi! I miss the trips up there and so does my wife, she would go with me and shop all day...
Well, I need to go and see what the rain did to the garden.
John!
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Yes way, we can.
I live in Toronto and I had my first ripe tomato on July 7( two days ago). I started them from seed too.(in mid March , I believe. Normal time). And this one isn't even advertised as being an early tomato( Bloody Butcher, heritage variety). There is another one ready to be picked tomorrow. I have also started picking the currant tomatoes( 2 so far). The weather has been disgustingly hot but the tomatoes are loving it.
Sally

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Hey Sally,
You're lucky then. I'm in Calgary and just got one tomato starting this week. I also started from seed in March. We had so much rain here my plants which are usually a few feet high by now are barely a foot and a half. I have a little green house which is the only reason I have the tomato I do. The weather here has not been conducive to growing anything but weeds and asperagus (which I've been eating for awhile) So are your tomato plants inside/outside, using anything special on them, anything you can help us less fortunate growers that are going to have to wait until Sept to enjoy our first ripe one?
On Sat, 9 Jul 2005 22:58:01 -0400, "Sallyrat&Sweetie"

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What is your secret with tomatoes. I live in Kitchener not far from you and i only have a few small green tomatoes so far. It will be another month before they are ripe . Do you use black plastic or anything special. ?
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Is that like black magic? *taps the tomato cage with the end of a trowel* Grow, my pretties! Grow! lol.
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Okay, I admit it. I cheat with Wall o' Water !. I actually didn't take them off during the hot spell in June. I just made sure they were opened up so the plants wouldn't cook. I have a few tomato plants in large pots and used the walls on them as well and, once the walls were balanced (I didn't fill all the holes), they worked beautifully.
I took off most of the walls a about three weeks ago but one actually came off last week. i have been using them for years and am always the first one in the neighbourhood with tomatoes. The red ones seem to work the best except that they disintegrate faster than the clear ones ( flimsier plastic).
And, of course, everything has been overly mulched this year b/c of the lack of rain. We haven't had rain in this neighbourhood for over a month...

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What is a Wall o' Water. I never heard of it.
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First hit on google.
http://www.gemplers.com/a/shop/product.asp?T1=RTG300&src !TL002
basically tubes of water.
John!
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