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The end of the road for tomatoes?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 6:36 pm    Post subject: The end of the road for tomatoes? Reply with quote

Hi all

Quick question - I was about ot pull up some tomato plants when my wife asked if they need to be pulled up or grow again next year.

"Hmmm" I thought to myself "I don't know".

So I thought I'd ask here. Are tomatoes annuals? DO I start from scratch next year?

Many thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomatoes have to be grown from seed each year and while in their natural environment they are perennials they will not survive the winters in our type of climate. It seems a bit early though to be pulling them up as there might still be some tomatoes on them.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael.

Yes, I know it's early. Sadly I won't be able to give my polytunnel the love and care it needs shortly so am going to have to start preparing it for overwintering early. I'm harvesting about 10 to 20 toms a day at the moment so have a LOT of sauces made up to see us through the winter. I will give them about another week, but will have to pull at that stage even with more fruit coming Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

would that be the same for cucumber and pepper plants? start from scratch every year?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:24 am    Post subject: Tomatoes Reply with quote

Is it too late now for tomatoes to grow outdoor?
I have about 30 plants ( Grandiol) that I transplanted in late July.
They are very healthy and lots of small friut have appeared in the last few
weeks.
They are about 3 feet tall and this is a 1st for me.
I've been told to stop feeding them now as it would be wasted.

I don't believe that and would appreciate some honest advice here.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read in a book by Monty Don that he takes the plants with tomatoes still on them at the end of the season and pulls them up in their entirety and hangs them upside down indoors until the remaining tomatoes ripen.

Also green tomatoes can be used to make good chutney so yuo could look up some recipes on youtube or google.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Daithic wrote:
I read in a book by Monty Don that he takes the plants with tomatoes still on them at the end of the season and pulls them up in their entirety and hangs them upside down indoors until the remaining tomatoes ripen.

Also green tomatoes can be used to make good chutney so yuo could look up some recipes on youtube or google.


Thanks for that, but when is the end of the season?
My tomatoes are still growing, in fact they have only appeared in the past
couple of weeks as I was late planting the seed.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it is not the end of the season at all. I am just pulling them up now as I will not be around to harvest or clear the area later in the year.

Sorry for the confusion!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

galwaybeginner wrote:
No, it is not the end of the season at all. I am just pulling them up now as I will not be around to harvest or clear the area later in the year.

Sorry for the confusion!


No problem my friend. It's just that I'd like to know how long more my fledgling harvest have for growing and should I continue to feed them with 'Brandon Tomatoe Feed' or other such product.
Thanks for your help.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep feeding them if they are still fruiting. Ideally with an organic feed.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nozebleed - definitely the same for cucumbers. Presume it is for peppers too
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

galwaybeginner wrote:
Keep feeding them if they are still fruiting. Ideally with an organic feed.


Thanks friend. Can you suggest a brand name or is that forbidden here?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm actually not sure the rules here on brand names, so will let one of the admins answer or say if I can say the name of the one I use...I don't want to get in trouble! Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

galwaybeginner wrote:
I'm actually not sure the rules here on brand names, so will let one of the admins answer or say if I can say the name of the one I use...I don't want to get in trouble! Smile


Thanks friend. The drinks are on me. Might even include the admin. LOL
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