hardland
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Florida winter tomato harvest, Jan 3 2011

Starting to get my first toms of winter, now have to try and save the plants during a mid 30's cold front and 25mph winds!!
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Hey there Mister,
Can you tell me what happened to the seeds iv'e sown,
can you give me a reason sir, as to why they've never grown,

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oh yum good job....

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Ugh, you're making me miss summer time :( That's what my kitchen looks like in July! Come oooooooooooon spring!!
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Well done, congratulations!

Can you tell us what kind of tomatoes they are?

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Beautiful! But you are going to have to work hard to save them - mid 30's with a fierce wind chill is definitely not tomato weather. Best would be to build some kind of mini hoop house over them to protect them from wind and cold.

Or else decide that winter tomato season is over and plant new tomatoes. If you plant an early maturing variety now, you should be able to get a good crop of spring tomatoes before it gets too hot for them. When did you plant the ones that are producing now?
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I'm flagging this thread for the cruel treatment of others by Hardland. This thread is making us all jealous in the colder America. :P :lol:

Though it was 75 yesterday, so much for colder America. :eek:

Looking good there keep it up.

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gixxerific wrote:I'm flagging this thread for the cruel treatment of others by Hardland. This thread is making us all jealous in the colder America. :P :lol: ...
Yep - tagged for inappropriate content indeed!!!

Beautiful tomatoes, and ohh how much I would LOVE to have a bite of them right about now...

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D

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A few of my Black Cherry tomatoes are ripening now. In a few days I will be eating them.

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Betcha the mean thing already scarfed 'em all down ! :lol:
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The plants seem to have survived the cold and wind. The production this year has been very good, most every neighbor and friend has received some tomatoes in the last week. I'm spraying every 10 days with a compost tea I brew, I think maybe thats the trick. Also spraying the white flies with neem oil and safers insecticidal soap, trying to stay organic. Fertilizing with espoma tomato tone, 3-4-6, every 10 days. I also water with the compost tea when I spray. The plants with ripe fruit now, were planted in the final container in mid October. With a little luck and les wind and cold, I hope to have a steady supply of toms into April, early May.

[img]https://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/valuemet/harvestjan9.jpg[/img]
The Orange/red toms are Hillbilly, also pictured are Black Ethiopean, Purple Russian and Abe Lincoln. The smaller toms are Livingston large cherries and a smaller cherry type.
Hey there Mister,
Can you tell me what happened to the seeds iv'e sown,
can you give me a reason sir, as to why they've never grown,

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DeborahL wrote:Betcha the mean thing already scarfed 'em all down ! :lol:
LOL 8) :lol: :wink:

T
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Good on you , Enjoy !!

T

hardland wrote:The plants seem to have survived the cold and wind. The production this year has been very good, most every neighbor and friend has received some tomatoes in the last week. I'm spraying every 10 days with a compost tea I brew, I think maybe thats the trick. Also spraying the white flies with neem oil and safers insecticidal soap, trying to stay organic. Fertilizing with espoma tomato tone, 3-4-6, every 10 days. I also water with the compost tea when I spray. The plants with ripe fruit now, were planted in the final container in mid October. With a little luck and les wind and cold, I hope to have a steady supply of toms into April, early May.

[img]https://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserver.x/00000000/valuemet/harvestjan9.jpg[/img]
The Orange/red toms are Hillbilly, also pictured are Black Ethiopean, Purple Russian and Abe Lincoln. The smaller toms are Livingston large cherries and a smaller cherry type.
San Diego / Z10
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Our bitter, cold, and very northern hearts poor out to you man!

I've got a few reds in the window sill to warm my heart just a little though!

LOL!

Looking good indeed. You can rub it in again in Feburary too! LOL

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Forgot to mention, how are the Purple Russians producing for you?

I did'nt seem to do so well with them last year, maybe all the cool rain cut down on the production, not sure.

Thanks for sharing the pics.

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