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Old 05-26-2014, 03:06 AM
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Russ, I'm very happy with these plants. We amended the soil with two yards of aged compost and peat moss for water retention. I never did try to replicate volcanic soil...I just don't have the extra time.

I'm going to harvest the seeds from the best plants. I think it would be great if we establish a seed co-op.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:00 PM
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I've got some fruit coming in, roughly counted about 15 tomatoes with lots of blossoms coming in.

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Old 06-05-2014, 04:07 PM
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That's one fine looking plant you have there. They sure are growing fast.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:19 PM
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Both Gulf's and your plants are doing very well. All I can say is my plants are cousins........but it is great to see that my harvesting of the SM seeds last year are doing so well in your end the country. Be sure to harvest a few from this year's crop and pass them on to your friends.
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Old 06-05-2014, 07:54 PM
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I was planning on sending you seeds first,Russ. I planted everything you gave me, all of them germinated. I gave away all but 24, and all mine have survived and are growing like weeds. I have to pick up tomato cages tomorrow or theses plant may be laying on the ground in a couple days. I'm thinking I can harvest the first batch in a couple weeks or less...I'm not sure exactly.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:22 AM
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Had some blossom end rot with some of the earlier tomatoes, but took care of that with a better watering schedule and some calcium. Even with amending the soil, it's hard to keep an adequate moisture level. I may need to get some soaker hoses.

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24 Plant?? That's a lot of maters, the SM heirlooms are not a big a producer compared to the genetically modified maters but you are still going to have a ton. What did you use to add calcium to your soil? I need to do the same as well. I always seem to get blossom end rot on the first few maters no matter what the variety.
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24 yes, lol. I planted all the seeds you gave me, over 50....in peat trays. I gave some to my parents and friends. I was hedging my bets!

I'm not home right now, I'll have to look and see what we used. I did some research on BER, some factors are planting in cold soil and under watering too.
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Some very healthy looking plants there, Stonecutter! Looks like it's going to be a good year for "maters" .

Russell, I mixed about a double hand full of bonemeal into the soil directly under my plants this year for calcium. About a half a hand full of magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) for root production. And also, some ash from the oven.

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I too, am having issues with a regular watering schedule. I will definately be using soaker hoses for next years crop. I planted some in large elevated buckets. Those, will probably get retrofitted with soakers this weekend .

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Some very healthy looking plants there, Stonecutter! Looks like it's going to be a good year for "maters" .

Russell, I mixed about a double hand full of bonemeal into the soil directly under my plants this year for calcium. About a half a hand full of magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) for root production. And also, some ash from the oven.

Matt,
I too, am having issues with a regular watering schedule. I will definately be using soaker hoses for next years crop. I planted some in large elevated buckets. Those, will probably get retrofitted with soakers this weekend .

Joe
I hope I can get enough to can a few jars. I knew about calcium deficiency before, but I didn't know lack of water and planting seeds in cold ground ( not a fact here) also caused BER.

The good woman used a product called rot stop..so far, it did!

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I'm pessimistic that these SM's will taste like the ones grown in Italy, but we'll see. I like the looks of the plants, and the rest of the garden is doing great too...we have eggplant, Habs & Japs, chilies, tomatillos, purple and sweet basil....and a few other things.
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