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Old 09-24-2013, 12:00 AM   #21
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I like "volunteer" tomatoes, the ones that come up from the compost pile.


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Old 09-24-2013, 01:01 PM   #22
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Not very familiar with the different types. Our ground doesn't grow stuff very good, but I'm hoping next year to make some raised beds and get a few different types going. So far my favorite way to eat tomatoes is on a sandwich, but I'm also known to eat them on a plate with a little salt and a dash of pepper. Maybe some cottage cheese on the side.


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Have you ever tried a variety called black krim..... color is red on one half and almost chocolate on the other and are as sweet as most cherry tomatoes..... pick em wipe em off and dig in
Just to round off this thread.
I have grown the Black Krim, including this year. They are very good, but this year they never reached their potential.

The Burpee hybirds do grow well for me, but I find the usuals like the B boys don't have the flavor of the heirlooms. The give and take is the heirlooms get beaten down due to lack of resistance. We also have the dreaded tomato worm which is really a big,nasty caterpillar of the tomato moth.

It is the tomato sandwich for me, followed close behind by the tomato, olive oil and mozzerella salad and the big slab of tomato on a burger.

Can't wait until next season.
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This year I grew black krim, cherokee purple, black cherry, and moon glow.

I may have got the black krim and cherokee purples mixed up.

Is the black krim typically larger than the cherokee purples?
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They are supposed to be a large tomato, but this year they only came out the size of a medium, early season tomato. I couldn't tell you honestly between the Krims and the CP's. I can see how they could be mixed up, the are pretty close in color (especially for me who is somewhat colorblind). Luckly they both have great taste.
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I have a friend who is allergic to sugar. Fructose, actually, so he can drink beer.
Anyway, he cannot eat tomatoes, ever. Not sauce either. My point is, tomato is a fruit and full of sugars.
As are cucumbers, pumpkins, zucchinis, other squash, olives, bell and chili peppers, eggplant, etc
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Not very familiar with the different types. Our ground doesn't grow stuff very good, but I'm hoping next year to make some raised beds and get a few different types going. So far my favorite way to eat tomatoes is on a sandwich, but I'm also known to eat them on a plate with a little salt and a dash of pepper. Maybe some cottage cheese on the side.
Buckets are one way to go if you're like me and have clay soil. But the squirrels have waged war against my tomatoes like never before. I bet they have eaten 70 so far. I'm going to start next year's plants under lights in February.
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We've got various large planters & the trough shaped ones as well. We got too many ducks,deer,squirrels...thousands of those damn starlings to have a regular garden. so container garden on our small front porch will have to do. We've been saving seed from her New Mexico chili's & jalapeņos to start plants inside early next year. Maybe some heirloom tomatoes in the large pots. Herbs in the trough shaped ones.
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Buckets are one way to go if you're like me and have clay soil. But the squirrels have waged war against my tomatoes like never before. I bet they have eaten 70 so far. I'm going to start next year's plants under lights in February.
I have had a squirrel issue, I think they eat more than me, this year as i also grow hot peppers I took a couple of Habaneros blended with vinegar and water, strained and put in a spray bottle.
In the morning i give the plants a quick spray and my squirrel issues have been dramatically decreased.
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People in my area have told me that squirrels are more interested in the water and liquid of the tomato plants than the fruit itself. They put out a water source that the squirrels can use to save their tomatoes.

I personally don't have any squirrel issues because I have a ton of feral cats in my neighborhood. I get to deal with cats using my garden as a litter box but no squirrels. There is always a trade off.


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