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Old 08-12-2013, 02:34 PM
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PS the wife just saw your tomato pics and just laughed and went in the other room, so much for my gardening technique/skills.
It's not you Russell, it's where you are living. When we lived in San Jose you could throw a seed in the ground and you would have to jump back (EVERYTHING grew). My wife struggles every year; somethings do well, most don't. Her tomato plants are not doing squat this year. Gulf lives in Miss - his plants will hide an abandoned car in a week.
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I guess my plants are the runt of the liter............
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I guess my plants are the runt of the liter............
This will be #4 of the SM's more to come we are going to have a hot week here.

The one with the spot does not count unless it will be good for sauce.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:17 PM
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The best tomatoes of your lot, don't eat them, save the seeds, then you will eventually get the stock that best suits your conditions
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That I will. I am sure the poor production has to be due to my soil. Must be also low a calcium, see a lot of blossom end rot. But enough to eat just not enough to make pizza sauce. Gulf and my seeds are from the same lot and his plants are giagantic!
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That I will. I am sure the poor production has to be due to my soil. Must be also low a calcium, see a lot of blossom end rot. But enough to eat just not enough to make pizza sauce. Gulf and my seeds are from the same lot and his plants are giagantic!
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Veg that produce leaf and root crops enjoy nitrogen fertilizer . Those that flower and fruit need more potash to increase the fruit. The WFO ash is great on tomatoes and the charcoal is a great soil conditioner. It also is great for mulch heaps as it balance the tendancy to get to acid a conditions and the microbs work better
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That I will. I am sure the poor production has to be due to my soil. Must be also low a calcium, see a lot of blossom end rot. But enough to eat just not enough to make pizza sauce. Gulf and my seeds are from the same lot and his plants are giagantic!
I ground up calcium tablets and egg shells and put them in the pot that had end rot and now it is gone.
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Will do this too on next year's crop. I noticed the first fruits seem the have the blossom rot but the second ones don't seem to have the problem or at least as much.
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It's not you Russell, it's where you are living.................. Gulf lives in Miss - his plants will hide an abandoned car in a week.
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I had to go back and take another look at my pic. I was sure that I had framed that shot without the car .

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Russell,
Large overgrown plants ain't necessarily a good thing. I may have over fertilized mine before the fruit started forming. I read where too much nitrogen, too early, can inhibit the picking up of calcium by the roots. Thank's again for the seeds. The southern sisters are having a difficult first year. But, I think Dave is spot on about developing these heirlooms to our respective areas. I believe next years "maters" will be better in both our locations.

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I did the same thing with the calcium tablets. I also found a concentrate at the feed store for blossom end rot. It is mixed in water and sprayed directly on the plant. It claims to be a more readily absorbable form of calcium. I'm not making any claims for it though. I don't believe that it would have been necessary, if I would have gotten the soil balanced right to start with.

Dave,
I will be saving the ash for the garden. Thanks for the reminder. We use to do that but, I have been away from gardening for a long time. Maybe, that will help with that Mount Vesuvius flavor .

Also: Chip,
It is looks like yours are doing great. I'm sure the warm weather will really bring them on. It is has been hot here for a while. It is actually a little late for tomatoes down here. They grow fine in late season but, are more difficult to keep disease free. I should have a good week also. With a late start, my goal was to grow for seed. But, I think now that I will also get enough to eat a few. Next year, I hope to get an early start.

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