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Old July 20, 2018   #556
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Here is my first fully ripe Early Detroit, which was first released in 1909 by the D.M. Ferry Seed Company. It's a pink tomato that is holding up well to the really bad heatwaves in my area (worst in over 30 years). I'm having no issues with pollination or blossom drop, unlike a couple of other varieties that I'm growing. It appears to be a good producer.


This fruit weighed 6.75 ounces and ripened 73 days from transplant and 121 days from sowing. That's a bit longer than expected (65-70 days), but our weather has caused some plants to ripen much earlier and others to be delayed.


It has a classic old-timey tomato flavor with good balance between acidity and sweetness. Most of the fruit should be about 6 ounces, but I have a few that are clearly around 10 ounces.
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Old July 29, 2018   #557
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Texas heat in the middle of July, 2018...cooked everything in our Austin garden. Removed our dead plants, cages and stored the shade cloth. Waiting for cooler temperatures and hope to sow Elbon Rye and Crimson Clover as cover crops..Not a big yielding garden this year, but good enough tomato supply for us and friends... harvested from a dozen plants. Global warming prompts one to start seeds on December 1, instead of January 1. We still have half a tankfull of stored rainwater. Enjoyed Black Krim and Blackstone's Cherokee. New favorite variety is Kellog's Breakfast
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Old July 29, 2018   #558
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Wow. I was guessing it can't be THAT much hotter (about 107 last Wednesday) , but I guess each degree counts.

I'm also curious about our humidity, , nighttime highhs, first and last freezes, delat beeezes. I'm sure it is all in Sunset.

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Old December 21, 2018   #559
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Texas heat in the middle of July, 2018...cooked everything in our Austin garden. Removed our dead plants, cages and stored the shade cloth. Waiting for cooler temperatures and hope to sow Elbon Rye and Crimson Clover as cover crops..Not a big yielding garden this year, but good enough tomato supply for us and friends... harvested from a dozen plants. Global warming prompts one to start seeds on December 1, instead of January 1. We still have half a tankfull of stored rainwater. Enjoyed Black Krim and Blackstone's Cherokee. New favorite variety is Kellog's Breakfast
Wow, great use of space. Love the water tank. Any pictures of your garden in full swing?
I’ll never forget tasting my first home grown Kellogg’s Breakfast.
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Old December 21, 2018   #560
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Jane, Here's a view made several years ago. It was shot before the plants exploded in growth. The tear-drop-shaped mesh of hardware cloth next to the coldframe is usually made into a circular bin to serve for composting. Ellen and I put out only a dozen tomato plants. The center row...in this photo holds basil.
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Old December 21, 2018   #561
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This looks very nice, and very efficient. I’m envious - my gardens tend to sprawl a bit.
Appreciate you taking the time to post the picture!
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Old December 21, 2018   #562
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Oh, and I love the sign!
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Old December 24, 2018   #563
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Jane...Thanks for the comment about the sign....of course, that's my cost per tomato.
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Old December 24, 2018   #564
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lol, me too but I don’t care!
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Old December 24, 2018   #565
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Old January 25, 2019   #566
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A very good friend with a long-handled spading fork turned the cover crop of Crimson Clover and Elbon Rye into two of our 100-square-foot plots. We covered them with sheet plastic and weighted everything down with t-posts and tomato cages. Seeds that were started Jan. 1 are up in their 3 1/2 ounce cups over a heat mat and under LED's in the garage. Most prolific to germinate came from Lofthouse...Brad, Ot'Jagodka, Big Hill and Fern. Spinach and carrots are doing well in the small plot on the right.
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Old January 25, 2019   #567
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How exciting! I really like the layout of your garden.
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Old January 26, 2019   #568
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Nice seedlings.
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Old February 16, 2019   #569
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Default Spring 2019 crop in the ground today

I have only 8 plants, but that's plenty for me and my DH. I may win the prize for growing the fewest plants on Tomatoville. 2 Chocolate Sprinkles, 2 Cherokee Purple, Bloody Butcher, Better Boy, Brandywine, and Paul Robeson. All were purchased plants.

Here are Brandywine and Paul Robeson.
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Old February 16, 2019   #570
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Looking good!
The weather has really warmed up so they should take right off.
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