Earthbox tomatoes 2011

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Hi All,

  I set up the Earthbox for early tomatoes today (17 April 2011), using Miracle Grow potting mix, Espoma lime and fertilizer.  Growing Polebig from Pinetree seeds and a saved seed Cherokee Purple (seeds started 27 Feb).  Plants are a good size and I've been hardening them off. Pix show the EB and lettuce (all the seeds moved to the middle in rain!)

 

Early tomatoes still growing, new tomatoes planted (salsa toms and two more cherokee purple) and a bonus pix of the rhododendron blooming on the shady side of the house. Polebig set tomatoes on 29 April.

30 May Update: Polebig toms still not ripe, guess they follow the 40 day set-to-ripe rule.  Salsa toms set 27 May.

7 June 2011: First tomato starting to turn!!

11 June 2011: First ripe tomato picked (43 days from tomato set to ripe), second almost ripe tomato eaten by squirrel. Sprayed hot pepper wax on tomatoes (would rather spray it on squirrels!)

3 July 2011: First ripe Cherokee Purple.  No more squirrel problems for now!

13 July 2011: Tomatoes are starting to come in full force.  Here's a sample of some of the varieties I grow-

...And a Cherokee Purple and Marianna's Peace tomato for dinner:

 Year end summary:  Polebig did not set many tomatoes - Cherokee Purple actually was a better early performer.  Cut down tomato plants in early August.  Stink bugs got the tomatoes and I went on vacation in mid-August.  Earthboxes in the garden was a really bad idea.  They did well until mid July and then rapidly declined within two weeks.  I believe that putting them out where I've grown tomatoes for the past ten years exposed them to too much built up fungal disease.  Very disappointing. I did start two late tomato plants which on 2 Oct are setting tomatoes - I may at least get some cherry tomatoes...

 

 

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Stink bugs... maybe. I'd been

Stink bugs... maybe. I'd been wondering what a particular bug was, that was after my juliet tomatoes. Sort of longer and blacker than the images that I see at the top of Google images, but same basic idea - flat, angular bug, on top of long legs. Except it seemed to want to park on the fruit, not the leaves. (I knocked it off one day, found it on a fruit again next day, and managed to kill it that time.)

Never did figure out what, if any, damage the thing inflicted.

Your younger tomato plants look beautiful! Fingers crossed for you!

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I'm so behind you lot, only

I'm so behind you lot, only picked my first tomatoes (two) yesterday!

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Yummm, Beth! What a lovely

Yummm, Beth! What a lovely collection of cherry tomatoes! I wish my Cherokee Purple survived... almost bought another, but I was afraid it was my potting mix that made it die.

My tomatoes have been problematic the past couple days. It got hot for a change (into the 90's and humid), and they grew fast, and got some BER, and started breaking their cages... One branch carrying a dozen suddenly huge tomatoes bent over in half, mostly-broken in two places. I should have tied it up better, but... I really didn't even see those dozen nearly-pounder tomatoes lurking in there. So, my first supertasty tomatoes are back to bag-ripening again. Somehow it always happens with those...

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Not really fair - given the
Not really fair - given the difference in zones! Beth

 

 

 

 

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Beth - Congratulations, you

Beth - Congratulations, you win the first early tomato race. My first is close, but a few days behind yours.

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Cherokee Purple and salsa tom

Cherokee Purple and salsa tom babies.  I want to set up the plant cam to document the progress of the Cherokee Purple tom. Need to figure out how to mount it.

 

 

 

 

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I may win this race yet. Or

I may win this race yet. Or rather, my jet stars might.

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Hi Gisette, They work OK.
Hi Gisette, They work OK. I like them because they're adjustable. Same problem with any tomato support - the toms outgrow them. I've got 4 ebs in the regular garden. I haven't decided how I'm going to support them! Beth

 

 

 

 

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That rhododendron is

That rhododendron is gorgeous, Beth. The tomatoes, too!

I've seen that kind of plastic tomato cage at a bigbox store. Do you like them?

 

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Nice, Beth! I'm jealous! My

Nice, Beth! I'm jealous! My early tom goes out to play most days now, and has 3 tomatoes set... But it's foliage-heavy - not enuf flowers. Yours are thriving!

I definitely proved it to myself last year that the growbox nutes lasted 3 months tops. I thought all my tomatoes had succumbed to blight. Then added more growbox nutes, and voila - all fixed, back to full green and growing voraciously within a week.

Aw, on the puppy.

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