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Old July 20, 2018   #556
Koala Doug
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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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Default Heatstruck 2018

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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