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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:15 pm 
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Hi all.
I love tomatoes and grow some every year for about the last 5 years. I also grow a few other things but tomatoes are my favourite.
Here is a few pics of this season so far.

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They started to slowly come on in early Feb.
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Some mild chilli sauce was made not long after.
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Then more started to come on.
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Then even more.

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Passata got made.

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Then even more.
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They are still going. This lot is what I've harvested since last Friday.
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Thanks for looking.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:42 pm 
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Fantastic Gnol!
Great work :thumbs:
I have had a good crop this year but limited rain has meant not as good as hoped. Enough to feed us though.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:49 pm 
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my husband is a feral tomato grower and seeing all that just makes me groan! All that work for me to do and I am not that interested in tomatoes!! Oh well, that do taste good, but can't he grow in moderation??!

But your tomoatoes DO look good!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:51 pm 
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Wow! Wish I could grow heirloom tomatoes here. Alas they get too many diseases.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:58 pm 
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My husband eats copious amounts of Tomatoes... I'm talking multiple kilos a week he would love what you have done!!! :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:26 am 
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I am so jealous! I have many heirloom plants but the damned possums and rats have taken all my fruit. My west highland terrier enjoys plucking the tomatoes off too. :aaah!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:37 pm 
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wow...
fantastic tommies, well done :yipee: .

I got 300 this season, but nothing as grand as your variety. Love them :bg


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Hi
They look yum!

I got some "black Russian" seeds to have a go at when the weather is right. Have you tried them?, if so, are they tasty or just a novelty thing.
cheers essie

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:02 pm 
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a lovely selection gnol; how many varieties did you plant this season?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:03 pm 
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Yes, we grow Black Russians and Black Krims. Both great tasting varieties!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:46 pm 
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Wow!! What a fantastic harvest. I am most jealous. Mine are just starting to ripen now :)

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:24 pm 
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You have done a great job and the photos take me back to the ones my old Grandpop grew .
He would work on building up the soil right through winter and had a few rules for growing good tomatoes . Some of these were :
NEVER water the leaves ( you can't help when it rains but )
Prune heavy .
Build up the beds for drainage
The best soil you can make ( he burried everything from the kitchen and used every bit of fowl and cow manure he could find .)
I used to help him cut wattle saplings for stakes . The soil was that good often the stakes would re-sprout and take root . I recall him sayng one day " best not stand here too long " ( he used a walking stick in old age ) "or the stick will take root . "
You can't beat the old varieties for flavour .
Thank you for the photos and the memories . :-D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:41 pm 
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I'm working on getting some tomato rootstock resistant to fusarium and bacterial wilts so I can graft heirloom varieties and grow tomatoes like that! I am so envious!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:52 pm 
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I had my best crops yet this year. Everything fruited well and the remnants are still hanging in there. This year I concentrated on making good straight seedlings and planting them deep in amongst a lot of marigolds. The netting kept out all the bugs which helped a lot as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:08 pm 
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I got a serious giggle from your tomato story ... "passata got made. Then even more". Love it.

I adore tomatoes but our season can be very short and vary variable here in the cooler regions. I plant a lot of varieties and hope for the best. My drop-dead favourite of the last few years is the Green Zebra, with a sharp zingy flavour only equalled by a single Oxheart tomato I managed to harvest a few years back.

I thought this year was going to be a brilliant season and I put in Mortgage Lifter, some paste tomatoes, lots of green zebras, Jaune Flamme, and bucketloads of others.

Unfortunately, we had a dry spell over Xmas, started watering, and then got all this rain, so the plants that didn't die promptly split and/or rotted. I've had ONE Green Zebra. The Jaune Flamme are doing quite well but the flavour is so-so. The self-seededs are doing better. I really should watch what they do, as they always come on significantly later than the ones I plant from seed or seedling, even if I haven't the faintest idea what I'm actually eating (they all seem to revert to a sort of medium-sized cherry tomato :) ).


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