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Offline Jackie Tran

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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #225 on: November 06, 2010, 12:58:52 PM »
Just wanted to update this thread.  Today was a bit bitter sweet or should I say semi sweet.  I picked the last of this season's tomatoes.   Not fully ripe yet, but i hope that they will ripen up nicely by the time i get back from my trip next week.

I think I did pretty well for my first season of growing tomatoes.  I never did get any of the San marzano plants to take off.   The romas from Lowes had a lot of fruit but they weren't great.  Just okay.
The Amish paste were pretty good but not a lot of fruit.  And the marglobes produced great tomatoes and there was a good crop. 

I did so many things wrong this year including killing off two of my young trees b/c they got too much water from overwatering the tomato plants.   Growing in the wrong medium, not enough trellises for the vine types to grown on, etc.

My tomatoes this year were never that sweet, but with a bit of natural stevia sweetner, they made a fantastic sauce.   I would have to agree with others that (for my taste) fresh tomatoes make a better sauce than any canned product. 

I will be growing again next spring. 

Chau



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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #226 on: November 06, 2010, 01:09:30 PM »
Chau,

I am glad to hear you did well in the first year of raising your own tomatoes.  I also like fresh tomatoes for sauce. 

Good to hear you will be growing tomatoes next spring.  :)

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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #227 on: November 07, 2010, 09:22:45 PM »
Chau,
   Good to see you are enjoying the benefits of fresh tomatoes. We had a Banner year for tomatoes, I planted 6 plants of better boy variety and ended up with 16 gallons of finished sauce. I am going to track down some San Marzano seeds to start next year in an area that I have been prepping for a year as a new section to the garden. This will bring me up to 600 sq ft of growing area, you can't beat home grown.
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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #228 on: November 12, 2010, 02:20:15 PM »
Chau, great job on the tomatoes.  I did not read every post because there were so many but I saw the pics.  Those Jiffy little green houses are great for starting plants from seed.  I have used them in the past.  I have not grown tomatoes this year other than one Japanese tomato plant.  I got it at a Japanese market in Japanese town or as they call it now Little Tokyo.   The starter plant was $2 and yielded some nice tomatoes but I did not make any sauce out of them. 

Next year you will have another great crop.

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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #229 on: November 14, 2010, 07:21:16 AM »
Chau,
   Good to see you are enjoying the benefits of fresh tomatoes. We had a Banner year for tomatoes, I planted 6 plants of better boy variety and ended up with 16 gallons of finished sauce. I am going to track down some San Marzano seeds to start next year in an area that I have been prepping for a year as a new section to the garden. This will bring me up to 600 sq ft of growing area, you can't beat home grown.

Thanks Jeep and PE101.    Jeep, I have extra SM seeds I can share with you.   Just PM me your address.

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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #230 on: November 18, 2010, 11:44:02 PM »
I will trade you some chili pequin pepper seeds for a few of those San Marzano seeds.
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Re: Tomato Growing Project
« Reply #231 on: November 19, 2010, 01:53:20 AM »
i wish my tomatoes looked like that.
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