Tomato Experts?

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Registered: 01-18-2006
Tomato Experts?
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Fri, 09-04-2009 - 7:22pm

Ok - so my one neighbor gave me a bunch of maters today. BEST I have EVER TASTED!!!!! 89

They grow mostly little & like GRAPES !!!!! More than I've ever seen on a plant & they are SWEET!!! YUMMY!

Now my original other neighbor does not remember what HYBRID they are but WOW@

Any ideas? I want to do these next year -- but not sure if it's the HYBRID or the FERTILIZER. Neighb said she uses a mix of:
SWEET TOBACCO JUICE
RED PEPPER FLAKES &&&
something else I can't remember. Any ideas? I'll hafta ask her....

Wanna do this next year --- most imp = any ideas of the hybrid, soil mix, fertilizer mix??????

PLEASE! I am in heaven -----and apparently greenthumb challenged. I can't make more than a few cherry tomatoes every summer in my upside down plant ---- I do think that system is GOOD - it's just ME, the FARMER< that can't do it so well.

Maters are my FAVE FOOD EVER!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-10-2003
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 11:50am

Could be sweet 100's or sweet millions.

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-17-2007
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 1:18pm

Hi and Welcome!!!

Sweet 100's are the first that come to my mind too but I do not think they are a "grape" tomato. There is a sweet heart grape tomato and a few other that are "grape" shaped (cabernet and Flamingo come to mind). Sweet Pea is a currant tomato - very small!

THere are so many grape and cherry varieties nowadays it could be one of many.

My favorite small tomatoes this year are my Chocolate Cherry Tomatoes and my Pear Tomatoes (they are a yellow variety).

I have not tried the upside down growing method, but I grow in raised beds and also in earthboxes and a few containers here and there.

I planted 32 tomato plants of various varieties this year. My absolute favorite is the Black Krim with the Japanese Heirloom a close second for my large tomatoes.



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Registered: 12-17-2007
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 1:24pm

I LOVE the Black Krim too!!! I also have Japanese Heirloom tomatoes and they are good too. I just tried a green zebra today from a neighbor - yummy!

You should try and find Chocolate Cherry tomatoes for next year. They have been VERY prolific and very good. I have saved some seeds or starting next year - hoping they grow true.

Sorry the chippies are still after all your yummy stuff. My dogs Love the tomatoes and just pick whatever they want when they want. sigh. I have lost a few off my good Black Krims to them - guess that is their favorite too. :)



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Registered: 07-10-2003
Sat, 09-05-2009 - 1:52pm

I have not had much luck with the black krim, but I know i had 2 of those to start and someone swiped both so i got one of the last ones they had left at a garden center...so it really got potted late.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 09-07-2009 - 3:13am

LOL on not knowing what you are doing with the electronics. I have the same problem. Much of the time my kids know how to operate all the gadgets better than I do.

I love to have tomato sandwiches. Tonight I made a tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil and an Italian Dressing. I also picked up some Bleu Cheese at the store and I am going to make a salad with it, the tomatoes and onion. I had something like that at a restaurant one time.

I will miss the tomatoes once they stop coming.



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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-10-2003
Mon, 09-07-2009 - 4:43am

Today I ended up just putting a bunch of cherry/grape and small tomatoes in a bowl and eating them plain.

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Registered: 09-11-2009
Fri, 09-11-2009 - 3:08pm

I live in Arizona any one have any tips on planting a garden in Arizona


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