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CarolJean
central Wisconsin
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August 16, 2017 - 11:12 am

Hawaiian-Pineapple.JPGImage EnlargerCherokee-Purple.JPGImage EnlargerAnd finally I have two more slicing/large tomatoes.  One of the seed companies sent along a pack of free seed - Hawaiian Pineapple.  The plant is doing well and only showing little signs of blight.  The fruit will be golden but have not started to ripen yet.  I also grew Cherokee Purple and they are doing well also.  They haven't shown much blight either.  The fruits that have ripened have been attacked by critters.  They are fenced in so it's not rabbits or deer.  Could be squirrels or chipmunks.  Many of the fruit are oddly shaped so I'm curious what the harvest will be like.  The first pic is Hawaiian Pineapple and the second is Cherokee Purple.

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Lark
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August 17, 2017 - 7:21 pm

CJ, I think your tomatoes look awesome considering our weather.  I looks like you have been ahead of the game.  I am TOTALLY sick of pulling off leaves. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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August 18, 2017 - 9:42 am

I continue to cut off leaves and stems too.  I feel so bad stripping my plants.  I had some of my homemade pasta sauce last night and my family liked it.  I used a package of Mrs. Wages seasoning.  I think I will just make my own sauce the next batch I make.  Freezing just a basic sauce will give me more options when I thaw it.  This is the first year I'm trying to preserve my tomatoes and only the second year for salsa. A learning experience.

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Lark
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August 19, 2017 - 7:15 am

I still have 2 quarts of sauce left from last year, so this year I only need a few more.  I, too, do not add spices to my sauce.  This allows you to use it in more recipes. 

It aches my heart to leave the tomato bushes 'decline'. BUT I am too tired to daily maintenance on them.  Brandywine is still my favorite. 

Yesterday Dave made bruschetta and wings for our 'date night' appetizers.  He used OUR FRESH brandywine tomato, OUR garlic, OUR basil, OUR onion.  YUMMY!  We sat out on the deck and sipped our mojitoes with OUR fresh spearmint.  Life is good.LaughWink

Here I am next to one of my tomato plants.  I am in full mosquito gear.Laugh005-1.JPG

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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