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Jun 21, 2009 08:44 AM

I'm going certifiably NUTZ!

I've had tomatoes on my plants for more than a month. In fact, I'm having my greatest tomato year in forever!
But we've had a particularly cool and gloomy June here in SoCal and I haven't had a single ripe one yet. One (out of probably 100) has been looking like it would break for more than 2 weeks. Every day I check and there seems to be almost *no* change.

I don't know if I can hold out very much longer!

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  1. That's a tough one, rainey. Hang in there!

    I harvested my first tomato today, but I wasn't expecting to. Turns out one of my plants was mislabled, and instead of a big red slicer, one plant is a yellow cherry tomato. It was good, but it was soooo little.

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    1. re: weezycom

      I hate when that happens!

      I don't have much space so I can only get in one plant of each variety if I want to have some variety. If a special favorite turns out to be mislabeled i'm SOOL by the time I realize it. =o

      Hope you've got something else for those sandwiches and burgers!

      Even my cherry tomatoes haven't broken yet. But I'm hopeful I'll have something next week.

      1. re: rainey

        If you are happy with the number of tomatoes, start getting rid of any new growth. pinch the part between the 'v' in the branch and pinch back any flowers that have not produced any tomatos yet. Get them to put all that energy into the toms instead.

        good luck, and remember if they don't ripen, take them off with the stem and put them inside either in a paper bag or between sheets of newspaper, they will ripen on your counter.

        1. re: cleopatra999

          Thanks for the tip.

          I never prune tomato plants. It's agony now but we have a hot summer ahead of us and those leaves will be preventing sun scald later. Maybe not an issue in many parts of the country but it is here in SoCal! Plus all of those leaves are little food factories for the plants.

          I could also pick a few and start frying green tomatoes. In fact, that sounds like a very good idea. Green or red (actually I've got yellow and black too); better to let them ripen on the vine. There's just no rushing Mother Nature. ;>

          1. re: rainey

            Fried green tomatoes! :) My tomato plants are doing the same and I'm up in NorCal. Sooo aggravating. And I've already pinched the new growth. Still, nothing but green tomatoes everywhere.

    2. I feel your pain, yesterdays tomato harvest, my first this year:

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      1. re: BeefeaterRocks

        Omigod! That's just enough to really make the point!


      2. Ta DAAAAA! It finally happened. Two cherry tomatoes this morning.

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          1. re: emmaroseeats

            Believe me, they weren't big enough to be jealous of! Each one was about a bite. I had one. My husband had the other one.

            Better than a sharp stick in the eye, as my father used to say, but not worth being jealous of. ;>

            How far do you think you are from something edible?

            1. re: rainey

              Another hot spell at least. There are so many little green's been weeks now. I'm hoping to get something red by the end of July. None of them look like they're about to turn, sadly.

          2. re: rainey

            Congrats! I'm also in So Cal (L.A.) and I hope mine get ripe by this week! :DDD


            1. re: Dommy

              Can you remember a year when you didn't have ripe tomatoes by the Fourth of July?!

              1. re: rainey

                That's most years for me. I've got one big slicer that's just now starting to turn, so I figure a week more to go on that, and an Early Girl that will probably be ready in 10 days or so. I'll have the bacon ready because it's going to be BLTs for me for a couple of weeks, I think, once they start coming in. I have had a couple of handfuls of yellow cherry tomatoes to take the edge off my cravings.

                1. re: weezycom

                  It's almost time!

                  My big slicer is orange-ish with some green now, so maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow, Friday at the latest. Hallelujah!

                  1. re: weezycom

                    At least you folks have tomatoes. Here in NH I keep hoping but we've had a lot of cold nights and a month of rain. I don't think the fruit will set unless temps stay above 50.

            1. re: weezycom

              Yup! I finally picked a couple full-sized ones today. ;>

              My Black from Tula (my absolute favs) are about a week away.

                1. re: rainey

                  Me too, yesterday. Finally a tomato sandwich!!!!!!!

              1. I've got one turning! And my genovese that wasn't setting up fruit has all these little adorable wrinkly green tomatoes. I'm so excited...