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Jul 17, 2009 10:54 AM

Is this going to be a bad year for tomatoes?

I seems the cool wet weather is playing hell with tomatoes. Anybody notice any shortages yet?

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  1. They've been pretty abundant down here. It started to get too hot for them lately, but a recent rain and a cold front coming in, and my four plants are full of blooms again.

    1. The NYT article is upsetting, but there don't seem to be any problems so far here in South Central Indiana. I'll make some inquiries at the farmers' market tomorrow and report back.

      1. I have about 60 cherry tom. on my one plant, my beefsteak has about 6 on it right now.
        I experimented with one of the upside down planters and it's what I have the cherry tom. in and it seems to be doing the trick. Will invest in more next year.

        Back home, my dad's creole tom. were done around the end of June but he always plants earlier than most.

        1. BETTER NOT BE! We have 6 or 7 plants that are about as tall as I am and loaded with fruit. I recently posted an article about tomato troubles in New England, but (fingers crossed), so far so good. Light a candle and think good thoughts, please!

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          1. re: kattyeyes

            I didn't realize this subject had already been done. So sorry. I LOVE tomatoes. Hope all is ok up here too.

            1. re: billieboy

              No worries--it's good information, keep it coming. I'm just happy to see you posting. Will you mail me some of those cookies? ;)

              1. re: kattyeyes

                I'll do better than that. I will mail you a Canadian treat...Buttertarts...yumm-o

          2. 5n Maine, growing tomatoes is a lobor of love and for optimists only. It is raining out again, a record wet summer. Our garden is doing so poorly I 've avoided going up to it. The tomatoes are barely up to my knees and, spindly and anemic looking, just w/ a few blossoms and the start of one little green grape tomato. The peas are drowning and the Swis chard, pole beans and beets have been mowed to oblivian by slugs. I'm thinking of giving up gardening and spend the time instead at our lake side cabin fishing! It's that bad.
            It is 58 out and raining as I type. Bummer.

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            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Morning, Passa! That's a bummer! We woke up to pounding rain today, too, though hopefully that's all for now.

              When you said your tomatoes were barely up to your knees, it reminded me of something sort of funny that happened to me and my mom. We both bought Roma tomato plants (1 for each of us) at a local nursery on the same day. Ours is planted in a pot on the deck in Miracle-Gro potting soil; my mom planted hers in her garden. Hers hasn't grown much (likek yours) and mine is about my height (probably taller, it's staked, but there's only so straight it'll get) and going nuts with fruit. The tale of these two tomato plants could be a pretty compelling argument/advertisement for Miracle-Gro!

              P.S. You should turn on the Today show ASAP re giant squid!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Containers tend to have higher soil temperature and better drainage than prevails in nearby ground. In a cold, wet year this gives containers a big advantage for plants like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra. The opposite is true in a hot, dry year. I grow my Gold Nugget tomatoes (determinate yellow cherry tomatoes), peppers, eggplant and okra in containers while the indeterminate tomatoes are in the ground. I am in Chicago near enough to Lake Michigan to have a lot of cold lake breezes in May and June, so we may have temperatures in the 50s or 60s while the western suburbs are in the 80s.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  That miracle gro potting soil is great! I bought a large bag of it at Costco but only had enough to fill three of my four pots I was going to use for the tomato plants. Well, the one plant that has the old soil has but a few tomatoes on it and is pretty skinny. The miracle grow ones are huge and full to tomatoes!