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The tomato crop is coming along nicely. This variety is named Totem. It grows about 24inches tall and will have 4 ounce red tomatoes. Although the plant is sturdy and stocky,and probably doesn't need staking, I made a cage for it using concrete rebar mesh wire. The wire is pretty stiff and requires a bit of wrestling to bend it into shape as it comes in flat panels 42 X 72 inches. I once made some cages out of the rolled up rebar mesh and although it was already circular coming off the roll, it was equally a wrestling match just unrolling it enough to cut a length required for a cage. The rebar mesh wire has a spacing of 6inch squares. On the UP SIDE, there is no need to be constantly tying up the vine (for support). This year I am growing different colors of tomatoes...red, yellow, purple and red-yellow striped ones. Small, medium, large and plum shaped paste tomatoes. I should be sick of them by the middle of June. The ones in the photo should start ripening in about a week, maybe two.
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Apr 26 2015 15:24 GMT will
Beautiful larry..
Apr 26 2015 22:21 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Will
Apr 26 2015 22:50 GMT martini957
I can almost smell them Larry, enjoy your wide variety.....I haven't planted anything yet
Apr 26 2015 22:54 GMT verarenm
Hi Larry...... Green Tomatoes and the structure remember my dear mother when I was a child. She did similar work in her backyard. I liked to run around them, to take them green. My mother got angry!
Apr 27 2015 06:13 GMT junne PRO
you do have a green thumb !
Apr 27 2015 08:43 GMT bandsix
That is certainly going to be a bumper crop! I don't think you can have too many tomatoes:))
Apr 27 2015 09:53 GMT Papagena
I didn't know that tomatoes do ripen as early as this. In my region normally we shall have the first ones only in June!! Fortunately it also has a lot of old species again since some years....
Apr 27 2015 13:48 GMT larrybenedict
Nancy, I planted the seeds around the middle of January (inside), so I will be rewarded with fruit earlier than most. The commercial growers planted their nursery plants the second week in March I think and the harvest usually begins towards the end of May, but they are picked and packed green for shipment North.
Apr 27 2015 13:49 GMT larrybenedict
Hi Vera. If you still have a balcony, you could plant one in a pot and have fresh tomatoes.
Apr 27 2015 13:54 GMT larrybenedict
G√ľnter, folks around here say that about me. I think plants respond for people who care for them. Scientific studies suggest strongly that they do. The same could probably be said for you too (green thumb).
Apr 27 2015 13:56 GMT larrybenedict
Barbara, I agree with you! I usually end up giving several boxes of them to my friends. I think I have about 25 plants this year.
Apr 27 2015 14:00 GMT larrybenedict
Ruth, I live in Florida where we garden all year 'round. Although we have a Winter season, it doesn't last long so the Spring garden is planted earlier than in your part of the world. As I was telling Nancy, I planted my tomato seeds around the middle of January inside, under full spectrum lighting, to get them ready for transplant outside.
Apr 28 2015 04:45 GMT gtc126
Larry, that will be some delicious Tomatoes for your hamburger.. I can just see you trying to deal with that rebar. that stuff is strong!!!!!!! I bet those tomatoes will not drag it down!!!!!!
May 01 2015 13:05 GMT larrybenedict
Glenn, I usually stand at the kitchen sink with tomatoes in my left hand and a salt shaker in my right hand. I love tomatoes, but haven't had any home grown (pesticide free) tomatoes in a couple of years. I may have planted too many, but they are easy to give away.
May 03 2015 16:29 GMT Jeanmac
You can't beat eating tomatoes straight off the vine. Delicious!!!
May 03 2015 16:30 GMT Jeanmac
You can't beat eating tomatoes straight off the vine. Delicious!!!
May 04 2015 22:27 GMT FLUMP
My efforts were never that good...i don't have the patience. These are fabulous
May 15 2015 14:18 GMT larrybenedict
Jean, I started picking the ripe ones last week and I do eat a few right off the vine. Some I reserve for standing over the kitchen sink with a salt shaker in one hand.
May 15 2015 14:26 GMT larrybenedict
Helen, I suppose one has to enjoy gardening to grow and care for any kind of plant. I'm one of those people. One motivation for growing tomatoes for myself is knowing how toxic commercially grown tomatoes are. I live in an area of Florida that has two crops of tomatoes each years and the plants are sprayed with insecticides and fungicides after every rain and then at the end of the season, herbicides are sprayed on the field to kill the remaining tomato plants before planting another crop. The soil/dirt they are grown in is absolutely toxic and can not be washed off the tomato as the toxins are systemic. Besides, the tomatoes are picked green, packed and gassed to make them turn colors to appear ripe which in itself is not harmful...but the picked green tomatoes have little flavor and are not nice and juicy!

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