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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #80 on: June 28, 2012, 08:39:26 PM »
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #81 on: June 28, 2012, 08:41:56 PM »
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #83 on: June 28, 2012, 10:25:24 PM »
read this:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/science/flavor-is-the-price-of-tomatoes-scarlet-hue-geneticists-say.html

Brian,

That is a very interesting article.  Thanks for posting it.  ;) That is neat that those tomatoes looked like peppers when the gene was introduced back into the tomato.   ;D

I plant different tomato plants every year and find that fresh tomatoes are the best.  Some of my tomato plants are Heirloom, some Italian, some grape, and other varieties.  I never found my tomatoes to be lacking in flavor, only the ones I purchase over the winter and before tomato season comes in our area.

I wonder how many members might find their own tomatoes lacking in flavor if they are growing tomato plants.   

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #84 on: June 28, 2012, 11:20:46 PM »
We sucked a co-worker into eating a big bite of ghost pepper (but didn't let him swallow it).  It hurt him, but not fatally.  I ate a habanero, it was not significantly hotter than normal.  The true test will be next year when I plant the seeds of both.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #85 on: June 29, 2012, 09:08:21 AM »
We sucked a co-worker into eating a big bite of ghost pepper (but didn't let him swallow it).  It hurt him, but not fatally.  I ate a habanero, it was not significantly hotter than normal.  The true test will be next year when I plant the seeds of both.

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Lol, I sure don't know why anyone would even try to eat a bite of a ghost pepper plain.   :o  :-D
I am sure he had a hot mouth.  >:D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #86 on: July 08, 2012, 09:53:45 AM »
It was 100 degrees F yesterday in the shade before lunch time.  It is good weather for tomatoes, but surely not for humans.  It is very dry in our area and I do need to water the tomatoes and other veggies every other day.  I thought it was going to rain last evening, (with all the thunder and lightening) but it didnít.

These are some of my tomato plants and the tomatoes that are now on the plants.  Some are Italian.  The San Marzanoís (from the dropped seeds from last year) now have very small tomatoes on some of the plants.

This is the first year I planted the Aunt Mollyís Husk Tomato.  What I find interesting about this tomato is it is enclosed in papery calyxes first, before the actual tomatoes appear. This heirloom is not actually a cherry, but rather a small ground tomato. The fruits were recorded in horticultural literature as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania and are still common today at roadside stands in late summer. This outstanding Polish variety is prized for its clean flavor, with hints of vanilla and pineapple. Because of their high pectin count, the Ground Cherries can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream or in fresh fruit salads. This tomato is only harvested after the tomato drops to the ground.  It is then ripe.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #90 on: July 08, 2012, 09:58:32 AM »
These are the Aunt Molly's Husk Tomatoes (aka ground tomatoes with the husks).
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #93 on: July 08, 2012, 11:11:20 AM »
I picked my first cucumber this morning and also picked up a couple of the Aunt Mollyís Husk Tomatoes that were on the ground a little while ago.  I opened the husks and tasted the Aunt Mollyís Husk Tomatoes and they sure are good.  This was the first time I tasted any Aunt Mollyís Husk Tomatoes.  I wonder how I could use the Aunt Mollyís Husk Tomatoes on a pizza.  :-\

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #95 on: July 08, 2012, 11:55:12 AM »
I wonder how I could use the Aunt Mollyís Husk Tomatoes on a pizza.  :-\

Those sure are interesting looking tomatoes. I've never seen one in a husk before. Judging from the size of them (they look to be around the same size as a cherry tomato), I would quarter them (if they are bigger I'd probably slice them), drain them on some paper towel for a while and use them as a topping. I've been using fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil as toppings for a white pizza a lot lately, and it makes for a delicious pizza.

Let us know how it goes. My plants have a lot of green tomatoes on them (particularly the Big Beefs). Can't wait to try them once they ripen. They are supposed to be great slicing tomatoes.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #96 on: July 08, 2012, 01:11:04 PM »
Those sure are interesting looking tomatoes. I've never seen one in a husk before. Judging from the size of them (they look to be around the same size as a cherry tomato), I would quarter them (if they are bigger I'd probably slice them), drain them on some paper towel for a while and use them as a topping. I've been using fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil as toppings for a white pizza a lot lately, and it makes for a delicious pizza.

Let us know how it goes. My plants have a lot of green tomatoes on them (particularly the Big Beefs). Can't wait to try them once they ripen. They are supposed to be great slicing tomatoes.

Barry

Barry,

The Aunt Mollyís tomatoes are smaller than a cherry tomato.  They didnít have much juice inside when I tasted them and they taste more like a regular fruit than a tomato. 

Your combination of fresh cherry tomatoes, garlic and basil as toppings for a white pizza sound really delicious.  Your Big Beefs sound really good too.  How are you doing with the chipmunk? 

I have Jet Star tomatoes growing and they almost sound like your Big Beefs.

Thanks for your ideas of how to use the Aunt Mollyís tomatoes.  :)

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #97 on: July 08, 2012, 01:52:26 PM »
No sign of the chipmunk yet, Norma, but the tomatoes in the home garden have yet to flower (really late start). I'll be sprinkling the cayenne as soon as I see any activity! Groundhogs still staying away?

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #98 on: July 08, 2012, 03:18:07 PM »
No sign of the chipmunk yet, Norma, but the tomatoes in the home garden have yet to flower (really late start). I'll be sprinkling the cayenne as soon as I see any activity! Groundhogs still staying away?

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Barry,

Good to hear that there is no sign of the chipmunk yet.  ;D  When do your tomatoes usually flower?  My neighbor also is growing a few tomatoes and he said his arenít flowering yet either.  I donít know what is up with his tomatoes that they arenít flowering yet either.   

So far so good with the groundhogs.  I have seen the one big one, but donít know if the cayenne pepper taste scared him away for good or not.  Last year, and the year before, I have some problems with tomato hornworms, but didnít plant any tomatoes in that spot this year.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #99 on: July 08, 2012, 04:02:36 PM »
Barry,

When do your tomatoes usually flower?  My neighbor also is growing a few tomatoes and he said his arenít flowering yet either.  I donít know what is up with his tomatoes that they arenít flowering yet either.   

I've got lots of flowering and fruit growing on the ones that I planted in the community garden. I'm not really sure what to expect at home, because I planted so late, and they don't get more that around 5 hours of direct sun. It was more of a case of "what do I do with these 4 seedings that I started" at home because I ran out of room at the community garden. I don't have any great expectations from these, but I hope the ones that get full sun all day at the community garden will keep me going all season.

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