Monday, August 18th, 2008
9:41 pm - Tomatoes!  
It's been a long wait. I put the seedlings in the ground back on May 11th, so it's been more than three months. (I will note for the record that there was one tomato that was ripe last week, but it turned out to have a huge insect hole in it, along with some attendant rot. It got heaved into the thicket.) I picked five, although the tops are still a little green. One was a Jubilee. I know that because it was yellow. I have no idea what varieties the others were because the labels I put next to each plant have faded in the sunlight. Whatever it was, the one I had with dinner was delicious.
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casperfleacasperflea on August 19th, 2008 - 01:56 am
This year you win! Taunter!
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fatoudust: dafatoudust on August 19th, 2008 - 03:22 am
Yay, tomatoes!

My proof of concept sunroom tomatoes fell victim to the 5" snow!! we had in late May after I'd left for the summer. Not that I expected them to produce while I was gone, but I didn't expect snow, either!
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 19th, 2008 - 02:51 pm
I was a little worried because I put mine out a week or two before the mean last frost (or whatever they call it). Still, despite some decent growing weather, it seems like they took way longer than usual. I need to start my seedlings indoors earlier next year.
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fatoudust: homefatoudust on August 19th, 2008 - 04:47 pm
How early can you start indoors? Or does it even matter?
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DXMachinadxmachina on August 19th, 2008 - 05:06 pm
If I recall my studies of Crockett's Victory Garden correctly, you should start the seeds about six weeks before the date you plan to put them in the garden. I only started mine about a month before, mostly because I put them out two weeks earlier than planned. That was because the seedlings were getting too big for my little biodome seed starter, and it was either put 'em in the ground or transplant them to pots.

Maybe I'll build a small cold frame next year.

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DXMachinadxmachina on August 19th, 2008 - 02:48 pm
Yeah, but next year you're probably gonna have tomatoes before I even put mine in the ground.
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rainoftoads: tomatoesrainoftoads on August 19th, 2008 - 09:43 pm
Yay for tomatoes! Nothing like bringing fresh tomatoes in from the garden.
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