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Name:   Mack - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/3/2010 8:06:59 PM

Experts say not before the overnight temp stays above 55*. I will follow that.
Last year there was a widespread tomato blight that seriously hampered my plants, bought at local nurseries. Yield was poor at best, even after spraying a fungicide. Hope for better this year.
What say you Tomato afficianado's?

- Type- too many to debate
- Fertilizer?- what kind and how much/often
- Chemicals?- For bugs/fungus, etc.
Any other hints will be appreciated greatly for a wonderful vegetable/fruit/staple.

Name:   Little Talisi - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/3/2010 10:12:01 PM

GrandPa always said that the Pecan tree was the one indicator for soil temp that he trusted. When the soil was to the right temp the Pecan tree would put on leaves. Saw none this weekend betweem here and Atlanta. I am waiting.

Name:   lakngulf - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/4/2010 7:35:34 PM

I always thought the pecan trees waited until I put out my tomatoes. If so, the pecan can put on some leaves. I may be early but looked at ten day forcast and lowest I show was mid 40, so I put them in the ground, a dozen Celebrity and a dozen Better Boy. Also, yellow and zuchini squash.

Started seed indoors on January 31, babied them along and then transferred to 4 inch peat pots, started giving them some miracle grow about 3 weeks ago. We will see.

Last year I had the blight/stalk worm/something problem as well. Lost many plants. I hear marigolds will help keep some tomato villians away, so you will see some yellow flowers around my tomatoes.

Name:   roswellric - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/5/2010 10:13:51 AM

Two weeks after Easter. There usually is a cold snap after Easter that will knock 'em back. When I had my 1400SF mini farm I would plant May 1st. I could't tell the difference if I planted earlier and sometimes the cold set them back. As for varieties I always started from seed and planted 13 selected from the heirloom varieties. You would lose 2-3 every year to something but the taste is sooooo much better. If you see a plant "Cherokee Purple", that is my favorite. They don't keep long on the table but they won't last long anyway once you taste them. Brandywine is a good one too. Next year get on Tomato Grower's Supply catalog list for seeds. BTW it seemes like the old Better Boys have become suseptible to blight. I got to where I couldn't grow them successfully. Might have been soil bourne though. One lst tip don't plant in the same place each year and interplant marigolds.

URL: Cherokee Purple

Name:   lakngulf - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/5/2010 10:30:31 AM

I agree with you on the heirloom. Just a different tomato altogether. A few years back my son and daughter-in-law, who live in Virginia, gave me some seed that were from the Thomas Jefferson era--items grown at Monticello. Included were some Brandywine seed. I planted the seed, potted the sprouts, planted, and harvested some fantastic BIG tomatoes. Last year I ordered Brandywine seed for Tomato Growers--what I got was nothing like the Jeffersonian, and they were not good. Are there different types of Brandywine?

Regarding the Better Boy, last year I started BB from seed and bought Celebrity from store. It seems the BBs survived the best during what was a tough year for me. Oh, the no good so-called Branywines survived.

This year: (1) planting only tomatoes that I have grown from seed (2) At planting I placed a section of a milk carton around each plant, with a little of the carton above the ground (3) gonna put a lot of marigolds in with the tomatoes.

Name:   roswellric - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/5/2010 10:45:38 AM

There can be a difference in the seed genetics with the same name plant. The way the Heirlooms were developed over sometimes a century or more was you would save seeds of a plant you liked and planted the seeds next year. You would sometimes get slightly different attributes in the offspring. Kinda like my children think they are perfect and I'm not so smart :-) You slowly develop a strain of a plant with attributes that you like. Now with heirlooms the desired traits were taste first then productivity and at the end is shelf life. Modern agriculture does it in reverse. Shipping qualities and shelf life are the most important and taste is way behind. That's why I grow heirlooms and not the hybrids like Better Boy. Sorry for the long discourse. Now don't get me started on the organic thingy since I'm a "practical" devotee....

Name:   Mack - Email Member
Subject:   Light Frost Friday Morning??
Date:   4/7/2010 8:34:05 PM

Maybe not, but>> Watch out.

Name:   lakngulf - Email Member
Subject:   Light Frost Friday Morning??
Date:   4/8/2010 12:01:20 PM

Eazy now Mack...I think my plants can handle 42 or 44 or so, but NO FROST please.

Name:   gabby - Email Member
Subject:   Tomato Plant Time??
Date:   4/8/2010 2:37:58 PM

Tomato tip: Save all your egg shells,put them in a piece of cloth,smash them up with a hammer.When you plant your tomatoes put about two tb spoons full of the ground up shells in the hole or on top around them if already planted.The calcium from the shells will stop blossom end rot, the cause off of rot.Been doing this for three years and not had any end rot.

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