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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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August 5, 2017 - 6:16 pm

WOW, that tomato plant is LOADED.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 9:53 am

I've been working on taking pics of my tomatoes for my own records and thought I'd share some here.  I just reread most of the posts in this forum and it was interesting and answered some of my questions.  My tomatoes have been hit with blight; some more than others.  I've been trying to keep up with it but wondered if existing tomatoes would still ripen.  But from your posts from 2015 Lark, I realize I will have to try to keep ahead of it.  I sprayed with baking soda spray last night.  The hardest hit variety has been oxheart but luckily the early tomatoes that set on are ripening. I trimmed off all the new blossoms so the plant would devote energy to ripening existing fruit.  They are very large and have made great salsa and sauce. I'm not certain I will grow this variety next year.Oxheart.JPGImage Enlarger

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 10:07 am

I planted many varieties this year to see what I like and what I would want to plant again next year.  The next hardest hit was my Big Beef.  I have it planted in a container and I think that is part of the problem.  It was the first slicing tomato to ripen and it tastes great, so I will try again but planted directly in the garden. I have 2 pics, one taken 8/6 and the other 8/15Big-Beef-3.JPGbig-beef-a-1.JPG.  The blight attacks quickly.

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 10:23 am

I ended up growing 4 different kinds of cherry tomatoes.  I started the Olive tomatoes the 'Amish' way; I sliced a ripe tomato and put it on top of the dirt in a pot and stuck it in my basement in a cool dark spot until it was warm enough outside.  Then brought it out and started watering the pot.  It took awhile for the tomato seeds to germinate but they did germinate well.  I already shared pics of the Sweet Million growing on my tee pee that I like very much and will grow again next year.  I also grew Rapunzel, Supersweet 100, and Sweet Olive.  The rapunzel and supersweet are very nice also.  Of all of them my least favorite is Sweet Olive (slightly tougher.)  This first pic is SOlive-2.JPGweet Olive.

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 10:27 am

The Rapunzel cherry tomato is very prolific.  I pruned it to a single stem and it has reached more than 7 ft.  It reached the top of the pole so I trained it horizontally another couple feet.rapunzel-1.JPGRapunzel-2.JPGImage Enlarger

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 10:33 am

I planted the Supersweet 100 in the corner of my garden and it is now crowded by squash and cucumber vines.  I'm certain the crowding has made the blight worse for this plant.  This variety also has long trusses of tomatoes.Supersweet-100-a.JPGSupersweet-100-b.JPG

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 10:42 am

I wanted to grow an early determinate variety of tomato; I grew Better Bush and Legend.  The better bush is a very strong and dense plant but didn't seem to be very early.  When they blight caught it, it hit hard.  The denseness of the leaves I'm certain worked against it.  I probably will look for a different determinate variety, maybe Celebrity since this forum says good things about them.  I took the first pic on 8/6 and the second 8/14.Better-Bush-1.JPGImage EnlargerBetter-Bush-2.JPGImage Enlarger

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 10:51 am

Legend was supposed to be a determinate early tomato but it is not.  I've been topping it for a couple weeks and have to continue bracing it so it doesn't tip over.  The fruits have a beautiful striped pattern that sort of disappears as it ripens.  The fruit are not a paste variety but is a firmer, meaty tomato and I think will make good sauce.  It has many tomatoes setting on and I hope I can stay ahead of the blight.  I wish I knew what tomato it is but I will plant the seed I have leftover again.Legend-not-a.JPGImage EnlargerLegend-not-fruit.JPGImage Enlarger

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CarolJean
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August 16, 2017 - 10:59 am

I grew 2 varieties of paste tomatoes.  I've already shared the Oxheart and the second is Opalka.  It was Opalka-1.JPGImage EnlargerOpalka-fruit.JPGthe weakest, smallest seedlings I grew.  I started additional seed and gave them more attention and they still struggled.  Once it got outside in May it did a little better but once I put it in the garden things changed.  It now is as large or larger than the Cherokee purple.  It has only recently started to show some blight and the fruit are not ripening yet but I have high hopes for this harvest.

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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 11:05 am

I found a 2 pack of Amish paste tomatoes for 87 cents so I had to try that too.  So many gardeners swear by them.  The plant has been doing fine.  It is crowded by pea plants and a huge zucchini plant and has some blight.  The fruit has been ripening for a couple weeks and worked well for salsa.Amish-Paste.JPG

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