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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    It was again time to sucker and prune the toms, as well as tie them once more.
    Romas
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    Moneymakers
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    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Looking lovely as always. A bounty of Tom’s coming your way.
     
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    Looking good Sjoerd.
     
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    You're ahead of me in the great tomato race! Please tell your Bride for me that I have been dutifully removing suckers and pruning up leaves to allow for the air flow I need and to accommodate the close planting this year. It has helped a lot!

    I tried to not perform this ritual when life was very busy a couple of years ago and it was a bit of a disaster in my small greenhouse. I like this approach much much better.

    Your tomatoes look wonderful!
     
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    Tomatoes, one of the most rewarding things one can grow.

    I'm now thinking of some home made ketchup, and those leftover can be sun-dried.
     
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    I am so envious.
     
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    Mine are just flowering but they're outside, i have grown them in the conservatory but they get too leggy, even the bush ones.
     
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    Thanks Jewell. They are always a little different aren’t they, but just as long as they work.

    Cheers, Loggie.

    Mel— mate, I am chuffed that you are having some success this year. I know how it is when garden and life fills up with business. Pfffft! Anyhow, could you post some piccies of your Tom Colony?
    Cheers for the tom compliments. I told the Bride and he just smiled that big smile. Thanks.

    S-H— you are too right about that. So many things to make from the toms. I like eating them so much.

    KK— ahhh. Cheers.

    Loggie— I can understand they are leggy with all that cool, rainy weather we had a while ago. Lets hope that they settle down and grow normally fr you.

    These days the greenhouse is so warm that I have put a curtain in the doorway 24/7.
     
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    Here are my tom's. :) I had a few more than I thought. I'm looking forward to the warmer more summer like weather ( none of this hail and lows of 2 - 5 C nonsense) but I am grateful for the cool rainy spring that we desperately needed. Once the weather calms I can get the greenhouse more organized.

    Roma VF ( I learned of these from you and Daniel)

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    Amish Paste ( a Netty favourite)

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    Big League Hybrid ( new to me - a bush and large beefsteak tomato - for sandwiches :) )

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    Bush Beef

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    Big Beef Hybrid

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    I have a few others in flower but no fruit yet - Early Girl Bush, Mortgage Lifter and Gigantamo. A lot of the joy of tomatoes for us are being able to grow the ones that fill a sandwich! hahaha. Otherwise we never see those type of tomatoes. We enjoy trying a few plants that grow big or go home. :) I realize most tomato connoisseurs are about flavour - but anything not from a grocery store and hard is wonderful for us and a win. :)

    I'm very excited about the Romas this year. My daughter loves them so much she calls and asks how "her girls " are doing - she's coming to visit in September and could easily just eat tomatoes all day. :D
     
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    Ahhh Mel— those look Grrrrrrrrrr-reat, as Toni the Tiger would say.
    You have some good ones there. The plants look to be in super condition and you have some good choices.
    I know what you mean about the hard store-bought toms. I had some at the lottie hamburger feast. They had no taste.

    Your daughter sounds like my kinda tom enthousiast. Haha. I often pick them and eat them in the garden— they never make it home.

    Thanks so much for this picture-posting. It is great.
     
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    Marmande toms so far this year, but will they become as large as last year?
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    Remember them?
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    The other toms are coming along quite well. They have been pruned and suckered several times in the past weeks as well as fed with comfrey tea.
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    Very impressive Sjoerd. Happy Tom’s.
     
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    Thanks Pac…and happy me!
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Looking good Sjoerd and Mel!
    Sadly, my garden is lacking Amish Paste this year. I decided to try 'Jersey Devil' this year in its place and had a crop failure and was left with only 3 Jersey Devil plants. I planted some Sicilian Saucer plants that did well and so they make up the bulk of my canning tomato row. But I have LOTS of cherry types and slicers, 25 varieties throughout the garden. I am looking forward to trying a few of the new varieties - Heinz (my late fathers name) and Berkley Tie Dye pink. My 6 year old Grandson also grew a Chocolate Cherry for me and I look forward to tryng those.
    I don't prune mine the way that Sjoerd and Mel do, mine are more of a 'free style' in cages. I get more tomatoes than I could ever use and love to share with friends and family.
     
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    Say Netty— why do you think the Amish Paste failed?
     
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