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Old September 29, 2017   #1
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Default Hi everyone, pretty new here!

This year was actually awful and just plain weird for tomatoes in my location: San Mateo, CA. (supposedly zone 10 according to web... I'm not so sure... we are subject to lots of micro-climates as well...)

I was almost a full 2 months late in getting my transplants out into the garden because of cooler than usual temperatures and I've been noticing a pattern of cooler temps lasting longer each year .. but here's a pic of some tomatoes at the height of harvesting. I still have some little lucky's and sungolds still ripening but the plants are on their last legs.
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Old September 29, 2017   #2
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Nice harvest!
I also have had a horrendous year due to similar environmental
issues with early heat, then cold and wet when I needed to plant.

Early Sept is usually some of my best fruit, like you have.
Clean fruit, no cracking. I would be thrilled with that!
My Sept harvest could fit on a dinner plate. Most of my plants
never grew over 3 ft. Out of 75+ plants.

Containers on deck in a warmer location are doing great.
Thankful for that. Dwarfs and micros, started early, were pumping
out fruit in May when farm seedlings were wee things and
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Old September 29, 2017   #3
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I got plenty of nothing as the song goes,and that means I really got nothing.

But Rob raises my seedlings for me and brings them up here and he brought too many so I placed them in local forever gardens and I've been going thru the names of the locals who came up here to get the extras,and so far so good,not many yet,though.

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Old October 1, 2017   #4
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Beautiful harvest! What type of red heart is to the right of the picture?
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Old October 2, 2017   #5
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Thank you. That's an experimental plant I tried this year developed at University of Florida called "Garden Treasure" .. has a picture of what it's supposed to look like along with it's description. It's not as tasty as I had hoped, has just an "ok" flavor but still better than any you get at grocery store for sure. The plant itself was strong and was actually the longest lasting/producing of the varieties I planted this year. In fact, I just pulled the plant yesterday and harvested the last tomatoes on it.

Based on picture and description, I don't think they were supposed to have that pointed end like what you see in the picture and I've been debating if I should save seed since it presented this way for me but it's also listed as "hybrid" so I'm not sure if it would be worthwhile to save and grow again? Perhaps experts here could give opinions on that?
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