My first tomato!

@kareng (7980)
United States
June 16, 2008 2:34pm CST
I planted a couple of tomato plants this year and have been nursing them along. I had to chase off aphids with some Sevin Dust but other than that they are doing well. And I'm happy to report the appearance of my first tomato! It's a tiny thing right now but grows a bit each day. I'm hoping I will have a few more appear in the next few days! Did you plant any tomatoes this season? How are they doing?
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• United States
16 Jun 08
I just planted a row about 50 feet long of tomatoes. Too soon for them to have come up, though. My wife has planted 6 plants that about 1/2 of them have some small tomatoes starting to form. If mine do well, I suspect I better get use to eating tomatoes. One 50 foot row is a lot of tomatoes.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Yes, that is a LOT of tomatoes! You will have plenty to share with friends and family!
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@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Make salsa!! I would love to have that many tomato plants doing well.
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• United States
17 Jun 08
Salsa! That's a fabulous idea. Maybe I can develope a secret special myLot recipe. Thanks.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
16 Jun 08
We have 6 tomato plants in our garden. No tomatoes yet though. My daughter is obsessed with tomatoes anymore. I personally do not like them unless they are cooked and in a sauce.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Oh man. A fresh piucked tomato rinsed under ice cold water then sliced into wedges makes a great snack actually with a little salt sprinkled on them. Yummy! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
You got that right, Gandpa. Also great with a fresh sliced cucumber!!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Jun 08
A tomato cucumber sandwhich? YUMMY!~! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
17 Jun 08
I planted some tomato seeds about 5 weeks ago that my BF brought home from a teacher he works with. Mine are doing really pitiful. They are only about 2" tall and seem to have stalled out in their growth. I don't know if it's too much water, too much sun or what. I only know that the other seeds that the teacher planted with her class are at least 6" tall and are less than a week older than mine. Maybe some of you guys can give me tips?
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Did you give them some root stimulator? That usually gives them a head start.
• United States
17 Jun 08
No, I didn't do that. Is it too late now? I thought rooting compound was only for when you were growing from cuttings. I didn't even know you could use it on seeds.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
18 Jun 08
You would use it when your plant is large enough to transplant to large container. It gives it a boost. You could probably go ahead and use it.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I was expecting a photo as well. HAHAHA! I have about 8 planted. A grape, a cherry, a couple beefsteak, and a couple roma variaties. Most are doing well. A few of them have tiny tomatoes formed and blossoms as well. Grats and good luck also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
haha, well it is dark now so no photos! I'll have to see about that tomorrow evening when I get in from work!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Doesn't your camera have a built in flash? J/K HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@suehan1 (4355)
• Australia
17 Jun 08
glad to hear your tomatoes are doing well.i did try once to grow tomatoes ,but the grubs and insects won out in the end,so i just buy them now,and they are so expensive as well.i hope yours do well.cheers sue
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I hope so too! I love sliced tomatoes in the summer and of course bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches! Yum!
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Yes I did plant some tomato plants 4 of them. So far I dont have any tomatoes yet.I just cant wait untill I get some.I just love eating tomatoes, My tomato plants look good so far. The last 3 years they did not do good at all. I dont see any aphids yet. I do also have some sevin dust I will probaby use it when I see my first tomato. What kind of tomato plants do you plant?
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I'll have to let you know when I get home. For the life of me I can't remember the variety we bought this year. Good luck with your crop!
@kareng (7980)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Mine are Creole hybrids. They are doing well. This is the first time I've planted this variety.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
19 Jun 08
thank you for the information on the tomatoes
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Good job! I've got a few things in containers and a few more that I put in alongside of the house. Most everything has done very well (except for the beanshoots that the baby bunnies ate!). I've been taking lots of pictures as everything grows and even doing a blog to journal it all. I've got tomato plants at various stages of growth, but three are starting to flower now so it won't be long!
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Sounds like you got it going on! Too bad about the bean sprouts! I wish I had planted at least one cucumber plant but my hubby was saying no...no, cucumber, you don't have anyplace for it to climb. I remember several years ago, we did just fine with cucumbers on the patio. Men!!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Oh no, I wish I had known this before, I would have suggested what I got - bush cucumber! I don't have any space either and most of my things are in containers, and I've got four cucumber plants that are doing very well in limited space. They were planted at various times, but all four are flowering and two should be producing fruit at any time. Go look at my profile and check out my blog - I've got several pictures there of what I've done. I do need to update with more, though.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Thanks! I may sneak one in after all...lol.
• United States
17 Jun 08
wow wtg I didn't get to plant a garden theis year
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
18 Jun 08
Still not too late to put out some tomatoes here in the south!!
@Rikza1 (295)
• Finland
17 Jun 08
Ah, thats nice that you got your first tomato, I also planted 4 tomatos this year, and they are growing nice, and they are very big already. I'm worried tho, will they make flowers and how long after flowers will they make tomatos? Could you help me on that. When did you plant yours? I planted mine in may. I'm really hoping they start making tomatos.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I planted mine the week following Mother's Day in May. You should start to see baby tomatoes about a week after blooming. Good luck!
@laglen (19782)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Good for you! Yes we ave about 20 plants, they are doing great!
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
That's awesome, laglen!
• China
17 Jun 08
I have not planted tomato,however, I have planted watermelon,every time, I'm failed ,therefor ,when I get the news you have been successful with tomato, I'm happy too!
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Sorry to hear that your watermelons didn't make it! I love watermelon, so yummy!
@GardenGerty (102466)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Something ate the tops right off of the first tomatoes I planted, but I planted more. They are doing well. I have a tiny tomato as well. I can hardly wait for fresh, homegrown tomatoes.
@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Me too!! I hope yours all turn out fruitful as well!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
17 Jun 08
I am happy for you... having a successful tomato plant is a nice achievement... in no time you will be able to have salad or cook dishes with them... without even having to buy any in the groceries... with the current economic crisis... we all need to be creative in saving money... and the best way is to grow our own food... it is quite impossibe for me to do that... because i simple do not have space in my small apartment... so you are quite lucky...
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
True and the recent tomato contamination also weighs in. aseretdd, you can still have a plant or two in an apartment. Just plant them in 5 gal. buckets. That is what I did :)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Hey there kareng! Congrats on your tomato!! Yes, I grow a huge garden every year and I get thousands of tomatoes among other things. LOL I love to grow my own vegetables because I know they are safer for my family to eat. It's really not that much trouble when you think about it.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
17 Jun 08
It's much easier if you are home all day, but since I work and don't get home until 5 to 6 pm each day, it would make it difficult to maintain a large garden--especially with all my aviary duties!! I bet you really enjoy all your veggies!