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Old June 12, 2018   #511
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5b Cherokee purple, Paul Robeson, Cherokee Carbon, Sungold that is taller than me (5'7) @eyegrotom (Thank you!)

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Old June 12, 2018   #512
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Looking good!
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Old June 13, 2018   #513
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I've got 83 tomato varieties in the garden this year plus some volunteers that I've allowed to survive. With multiples of some varieties it amounts to 100+ plants. The HM 1823 variety had such a sexy name I couldn't resist buying one from the local grocery store. It has produced loads of big tomatoes on a compact plant that are only a little better than grocery store stuff--hard, not much flavor but beautiful. I've used some in fresh salsa with lots of Creole Seasoning salt and it was still good (zingers like Red Boar were also in the mix). I don't think I'll be growing this one again.
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Old June 14, 2018   #514
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I'm posting a handful of pictures taken today of my Dwarf Caitydid, New Big Dwarf, Dwarf Sweet Sue, and Early Detroit.
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Old June 14, 2018   #515
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On Tomatoville is it Dwarfs or Dwarves? Which is correct (for tomatoes)?

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Old June 14, 2018   #516
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On Tomatoville is it Dwarfs or Dwarves? Which is correct (for tomatoes)?

Donna



Technically speaking, the plural of 'dwarf' is 'dwarfs'.



But if you're talking about the mythical creatures found in J.R.R. Tolkien books, Dungeons & Dragons games, or other fantasy creations, then you'd use 'Dwarves' as the plural.


As far as Tomatoville is concerned, I doubt anyone is going to get their knickers in a knot if someone uses either spelling (at least I hope that is the case).
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Old June 14, 2018   #517
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I'm Team Tolkien. I actually read The Silmarillion, a miserable experience.

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Old June 20, 2018   #518
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Here are some Sunrise Bumblebee fruit:

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Old June 20, 2018   #519
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Here's a couple of shots of heart shaped tomatoes. From left to right-Siberian Pink Honey, WRP (Work Release Paste) and Sister Miriam. The second shot is of WRP sliced. It was delicious, juicy, wonderful but this is only one fruit from two plants. It was planted late so it might have produced more if it had been set out earlier.

I still haven't tried the other two.

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gdaddybill: Nice looking meaty tomatoes. Hope your plants are doing well, despite all the rainfall. Still enjoying re-referring to your excellent book.
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Old June 20, 2018   #521
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Thanks, glad you've enjoyed the book. Obviously variety recommendations are subject to change on a yearly basis. I have a bunch of tomatoes with names written on the shoulders or ugly blossom ends, to taste and I try to sample 3-4 a day. We took our own Bigley (Orange Jazz) slices to Whataburger today and had them "hold the tomatoes". A great burger with a great tasting, home grown tomato is hard to beat. We usually do this through the drive through but we were very sneaky about it this time--not sure if you can bring your own condiments into a burger joint.
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Old June 23, 2018   #522
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These small guys were found growing in a pot of Mexican mint marigold and a Christmas cactus, respectively. Could be the actions of a bird or squirrel. I'm going to attempt to grow them out this season, despite less than ideal climate conditions in my are. Too hot.

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Lukasrl: nice bunch of tomato plants. Interesting, what are the cages made of?
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Old June 24, 2018   #524
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My straw bale tomatoes are doing well. Here is a picture of a Cherokee Purple and a Goliath Hybrid in 1 straw bale. Little to no disease on the leaves.
The close up of the fruit set is the Cherokee Purple.
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Old June 25, 2018   #525
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I've tasted a few more tomatoes from the garden-Siberian Pink Honey, noticeably sweet and could use a bit more acidity for my tastes, Sister Miriam was better in my opinion, more complex sweetness and acidity. Mocha Splash has been one of the best tasting so far but the stripes tend to dry out in the skin and make it less appealing.
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