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Old May 8, 2017   #121
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The best this year so far is Mat-Su A. plant 8, then 11, next is Bloody Butcher x Yellow Brandywine F1 then BB X Delicious F2, or BB X Chapman F1, one BB x Delicious F2 was ho-hum. Mat-Su Super B has yet to to deliver what I am looking for out of two tries. The plant 8 Mat-Su was awesome, a serious complex tomato taste.
Many selections are ripening, we will report again soon.
My Mat- Su got beat up by wind but still goin strong! Looking forward to tasting it! Yours look incredible Mark. Sounds like they're getting better and better!. Sure like to give 8 a try next year. I let all mine ripen on the vine last year. Man I'm pumped again now! thanks for the pics.. Jimbo
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Old May 8, 2017   #122
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I have Mat-Su Super B and Plant 11 in the high tunnel. I will note how they compare.
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Old May 10, 2017   #123
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The large beefsteak is my PL Black Krim x PL Early Girl, F3. I have the cross broke into three lines, a large red beefsteak, a purple beefsteak, and a round red medium size tomato. They have a very unique interesting taste, they have a strong bite to them,are very good overall, and are early producers for such a large fruit.

The round tomatoes with the red cluster is BB X Delicious, they are hit and miss for me, I have my fingers crossed that the tomatoes on that plant are good. They are very good producers of perfect shaped fruit, and the plant is small and compact too.

The last pics are the Mat- Su Express, we have had some very, good tasting fruit from them.
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Old May 11, 2017   #124
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Old May 11, 2017   #125
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It's stunning! How is it even possible to have tons of green fruit and one fully ripe red tomato?

Mark - In the Fall (ie August sow) should I continue with the Matsu Express F6s (my saved seeds) or another line? My 3 best plants (all in Root Pouches) still have 40-50 tomatoes on them. I try to count, but lose track. It's a race here against warm nights to see which variety sets fruit last - Matsu is definitely in the running.
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Old May 11, 2017   #126
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Mark as always i am so impressed with the quality of your plants, fruit, and overall operation. You are the master my friend. Keep up the great work.
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Well I appreciate the kind words. This year has been hard for me, I have had some serious issues with my plants, some are still suffering.
I have a lot to learn, and constantly rely on support within the state, and from places like Hydro Gardens.
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Old May 11, 2017   #128
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Hydro-Gardens is a great source of info, the catalog is a growers manual, and they'll talk to you intelligently about their products and growing. Mike is matter of fact to the point of brusk, just his way, he does care. I buy his 4-18-38 and not Morgan Seeds generic because of the support materials and the knowledge behind it.
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Old May 11, 2017   #129
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Hey Mark, how long those probes last before you need to replace in the Hanna meters?

I had to replace one already at a year. I've got two and the other is still fine. Mine started reading wacky, up and down, and would not recalibrate.
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Old May 11, 2017   #130
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I have a lot to learn
I've noticed that the people who are the best at anything tend to have that attitude, which is likely how they got to be so good.
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Old May 11, 2017   #131
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I tell my son all the time "how can you ever learn anything if you think you know everything?" Teenagers
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Old May 11, 2017   #132
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I've noticed that the people who are the best at anything tend to have that attitude, which is likely how they got to be so good.
Cole, do you remember this quote. "Empty your cup so that it may be filled"?
I bet you do, since some of our back ground is similar. When I talk to someone like Mike at HG, I am very much the student.

Brother Ricky, they don't last long do they. You may like the Blue Lab Truncheon, I have one of those too, no calibration, and only monthly cleanings.
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Old May 11, 2017   #133
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What're the Styrofoam cups for in the grow bags?
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Old May 11, 2017   #134
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Ricky, mine did the same thing this spring at just at about one year of use. Readings jumped all over even after cleaning and calibrating. I notice two tiny bare silver wires that look like they should lay along the glass bulb that are sticking out 90 degrees to it. I think those are what went bad on mine.
I have the BlueLab Guardian in line monitor now and love it. I don't think I'd go back to Hanna if I ever needed a new handheld again.
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Astoundingly stunning and beautiful, WOW!
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