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Tomato

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 06:36

Good start. Now don't tell them your new address.

Tomato

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:51

Move. Now.

Tomato

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 10:25

Moral of the story, Dove: avoid small children. Works for me.

Tomato

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 07:26

mias, they look terrific! Congrats. Looks like you escaped Blossom End Rot, too, unless you've already ditched those. I've never known BER not to affect at least one San Marzano on a plant.

Definitely try some other varieties next season. San Marzano make wonderful sauce but there are better straight eating varieties around.

bigolob, I think our favourite is the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. It doesn't get the exposure in the tourist guides so it's rarely crowded. Ghiberti's original baptistry doors, della Robbia's wonderful "choir", and I never tire of Donatello's extraordinary Magdalene Penitent in wood. It's so utterly timeless.

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I think that's about as Off Topic as could possibly be on a tomato thread. Sorry, folks.

tomato

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 12:03
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Yes, they're varying between an almost plum and heart-shaped.  They're orange with greenish shoulders - lovely colour but as I said tastewise quite bland.  

I took some photos of the first one but I'm having camera trouble - it keeps draining the battery within a few shots - I got a new battery but the problem continues so it's the camera - probably need a new one 

Well, I've never kept any plum seeds and the only heart I have is Anna Russian. If they're orange ... there shouldn't be a pink in the mix because pink is a recessive colour gene and AR is a pink. You'd have to think a yellow/gold in the mix with a red. My yellow/golds are Kellogg's Breakfast, Jaune Flammeé, Golden Queen and Jaune Negib, none of which are hearts.

A complete and utter mystery.

tomato

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:08
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Sadly the first fruit from the 'mystery' tomato tasted quite bland 

Are they all developing the same shape? They seemed to vary between heart-shaped and round/oblate in that photo. If the shapes are varying it's a cross. What colour are they?

tomato

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 08:05
Birdy13 wrote (see)

A couple of years ago we grew a couple of cherry type tomato plants that yielded some absolutely lovely round orange fruit, most no bigger than about 25 mm across.

They had a beautifully balanced, quite 'deep' sweet flavour with no trace of acidity.

'I've no idea what they were called but I found I could eat them easily - this from someone who doesn't particularly like tomatos especially shop bought ones. 

Anyone got any idea of possible names please?

And am I right that moneymaker is red not orange?

Yes, Moneymaker is red. Your mystery tom might have been Sungold. They're incredibly sweet. Here's Sungold. Ring any bells?

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Harge and david, ripening is purely down to temperature. Direct sunlight on the fruit isn't necessary. Ripening is an internal chemical process for the tom. The plant plays no actual role.

Optimum temps for ripening are anything above low-20sC. They will ripen at lower temps but, obviously, take longer the lower the temperature is. If your daytime temps get down to consistent low teens, you're better off taking the toms off the plants and taking them inside where it will be consistently warmer. A kitchen bench or similar is ideal. Sit the toms upside down, on their shoulders, to avoid bruises developing on the blossom (bottom) end.

Garlic planting

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 13:58

CG, planting a lot deeper than one otherwise would and covering the patch with straw (or similar) is the usual means in those conditions. My ground freezes - probably not to the extent yours does - and it has worked for me.

Tomato

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 07:37

We're only an hour south of Florence by train so we pop up there quite a lot. One of my favourite spots in Florence is the brass plaque on the ground in Piazza della Signora marking the spot where they burned Savonarola alive in 1498. But then I'm strange.

You'll find info on most of those varieties on the 'net though some aren't commercially available. They're mainly beefsteaks. CP and CC are medium oblates, as are Golden Queen and Jaune Negib. Anna Russian is a heart-shaped variety, Camp Joy is a cherry, Jaune Flamée is golf ball-sized.

Multiple Headed Sunflowers

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 15:09

I haven't had that many before but sunflowers will produce multiple blooms.

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