Looks like I'll be planting more tomatoes next year!

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Looks like I'll be planting more tomatoes next year!
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Fri, 12-17-2010 - 4:22pm

I won the coolest thing the other day from a food company that I follow on Facebook. It's an Italian tomato press used to make sauces, soup bases and salsa. This is it~

http://www.napastyle.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=2046&rcode=SEM_NB_GoogS&gclid=CMPS6dqb9KUCFcFk7AodXhJBqA

We had two tomato plants last year which produced enough for us to have a tomato with just about every meal, but it wasn't an overabundance where we needed to mass-produce sauce or salsa with them.

How many tomato plants do you usually have?

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Registered: 05-03-2004

Wow that is a FABULOUS prize!


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Registered: 11-18-2008
Great - thanks for the recommendations! It sounds like we need a LOT more plants this year. I would love to make and can our own salsa and pasta sauce. We go through a lot of each. DH is very picky about pasta sauce though. He only eats Ragu (gag). I'll have to start working on replicating it!
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Registered: 05-25-1999

To me if there was only one veggy in the world it should be tomatoes. I love them. And a few years ago they put a hydroponic plant in about 20 miles from here. I always thought of tomatoes in the winter as YUCK......but let me tell you, when you have a craving the hydro tomatoes hit the spot. Granted they still are not summer ones but I would say 90% better than store bought ones..

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Registered: 11-18-2008

That's good to know. I've heard people say that before about canning tomatoes (that they do it the way they always have, even though it's not the recommended way anymore, yet they live to tell about it). I've also heard that we've bred (or genetically modified maybe?) tomatoes to not be as acidic as they once were, which is why the canning recommendations have changed.

I am too chicken not to follow the current recommendations though. I'm so afraid of poisoning my family! Maybe using heirloom tomato seeds would help. Do you use hybrids or heirlooms?

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Registered: 04-01-2002

I usually plant 6-10 tomato plants.

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Registered: 01-19-2011

Hi,

Congratulations for winning such a prize.

I planted 3 plants last year (3 different kinds), but I got less than the year before when I planted only 1.

Go figure......

Marie

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Thanks Marie! Our tomato plants have been hit or miss the last two years. Last year we were able to pick some every few days, but never got enough at one time to actually can them, so it was tomatoes with every meal!
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Registered: 01-19-2011

We had tomatoes also at every meal.

2 of the type were really good, the other one, I found it tasteless.

This year I think that the next time I buy a tomato that I like I'll keep the seeds

and plant them, instead of buying a plant that I'm not sure if I'll like it.

Marie

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Registered: 02-04-2011

If anyone needs fresh vegetable seeds, with the convenience of E-Bay/Paypal shopping and home delivery, please think of us at The Galation Farm.

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Registered: 07-10-2003

I don't remember how many tomato plants I had last year. Best way to say is I had lots and lots. I also was not as successful about beating out the chippies!!! At a rough guess I think I might have had about 24-28 last year.

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