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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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July 13, 2017 - 4:15 pm

I found some blight on my Oxheart tomato today.  I trimmed off the affected leaves.  Do you spray with baking soda water when your plants show blight?  The plant is setting on nice tomatoes; they have a very interesting shape.z3.JPGImage Enlarger

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Lark
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July 18, 2017 - 7:21 am

Yes, an interesting shape to the Oxheart.  Shaped somewhat like a heart. Yours look gorgeous. No, I do not spray my tomato plants.  I just trim off the leaves affected.  My Brandywine tomato plants have shown early signs slightly on the lower leaves.  I removed them promptly.  Maybe it has something to do with both of them being heirlooms.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Katie
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July 18, 2017 - 10:07 pm

Hello All! Update on my frost burnt tomato seedlings from April: I have little green tomatoes coming on most of the plants, and lots more flowers so I think I'm going to have a good harvest! 🙂 I also have flowers on the pepper plants I started! I'm so excited! 

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Lark
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July 19, 2017 - 7:13 am

Good job, Katie.  You had hope and patience and now it is rewarding you. 

A couple of days ago I harvested my first tomatoes, Juliet.  YUMMY. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Katie
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July 27, 2017 - 1:13 pm

Here are some photos from my baby veggies.  I'm looking forward to making some salsa, and canning the tomatoes for fresh diced tomatoes over the winter (I'll have to split into two posts to include all attachments)

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Tomatoes

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Katie
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July 27, 2017 - 1:14 pm

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Bell Peppers

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Jalapenos

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Lark
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July 30, 2017 - 6:15 am

The veggies look SUPER.  You will have a great harvest. Keep us updated.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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July 31, 2017 - 2:12 pm

I seem to have the blight on my tomatoes under control. The weather has been drier too.  I've been trimming off the affected leaves but I also spray with baking soda, oil, dish soap solution.  The hardest hit were the Oxheart and Big Beef. (I have a few Big Beef starting to ripen - yay for BLTs.)  I'm getting some cherry tomatoes every day and the Juliet are ripening too.  The Juliet look odd this year and I just learned from a video from Gary at Rusted Garden, they probably have sun scald/burn.  I bought my Juliet seedling and have been pruning to a single stem but it has less leaves than when I've grown it previous years.  Next year I'll grow my own seedlings of Juliet.

I allowed all my larger tomatoes to be multiple stem plants and I'm staking and tieing them constantly.  I started to pinch the end of suckers once they had two sets of flowers on the stem and I don't allow suckers to grow on the suckers. (It's a bit like a pyramid scheme.)  I don't think it's good to get any taller or denser.  I should have plenty of tomatoes if what I have remains healthy.

When I started my own seedlings this spring, I had many problems with the Opalka paste variety.  The lower leaves would wilt and drop off.  They ended up looking like lollipops and they were only about 1/4 the size of my other seedlings. I eventually kept only one plant and decided it would make it on it's own or be gone.  Once the temps got higher in May it started to look better so I planted it in my garden.  It is now one of my largest plants and the tomatoes are so interesting.  Excited to taste them once they ripen and make lots of salsa and sauce.

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Lark
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August 2, 2017 - 6:51 am

Big Beef were my first to ripen also.  BLT's are on the menu for tomorrow.  YUMMY!  Sun scald is exactly why I do not over trim my tomatoes.  The tomatoes themselves need to be shaded for the best flavor.  Juliet is very aggressive and tasty.  It is an 'F1' so it doesn't come true to saved seed. Is Patrick's Sweet Million an 'F1'?  Are you liking it better than other cherry tomatoes? I do know how you feel about tying up the tomatoes branches...so time consuming. The second or third week of August I start 'topping' my tomato plants.  No reason to let it keep growing since those new flowers will never have time to develop into tomatoes before a frost hits them.  I think I should take your lead and spray my tomato plants. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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August 5, 2017 - 3:14 pm

I checked the seed packet for the Sweet Million (purchased from Tomato Growers Supply company) it says Sweet Million FNT Hybrid.  I don't know what that means but I hope it helps you.  I do like the flavor and they have not been splitting and the leaves don't have much blight.  Whether I like them better, I can't say.  I'm not a connoisseur and I like the Rapunzel and Supersweet 100 also. This photo is Sweet Million on my teepee with Trionfo Violette purple pole beans (also Patrick's recommendation.)  I'm just getting beans and they are long, good sized beans.  When small they are mottled green/purple and become all purple when mature.IMG_6190-Copy.JPG 

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