The Killer Tomatoes

Tomatoes From My Huge Plants - This is a picture of a small group of tomatoes from the almost 6 ft plants that I started from seed. More are popping up every day so I have some that are almost baseball sized, some as large as golf balls, and smaller tomatoes no bigger than marbles.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
United States
July 22, 2008 9:52am CST
I started a discussion about the huge tomato plants and posted a picture so you could see just how tall they are (almost 6 ft!). Here is a picture of a few of the tomatoes that are growing on those plants. They are really nice and firm and growing larger every day. There are several that are close to baseball size and more popping up every day that look like marbles and some golf ball size as well. Since more are popping up almost every day, I'm hoping that will give me a longer season and not have them all ripen at once. My husband loves to eat them with tuna and mayonnaise and he said he will eat them every day. That will sure help the grocery bill! What do you like to do with your fresh tomatoes?
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@GardenGerty (102534)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Eat them of course. I like them with themselves, as garnishes to meals, chopped into tuna salad, and if I have too many fresh, I blanch and peel and freeze them. I have made mexican sauces, and italian sauces. I love just mayo and tomato on bread. I like them stuffed, I like them sliced on any sandwich. I like tomatoes. Time to make a salad.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I love to just pick one and munch on it right away. We have had tomato with breakfast a few days so far here with mine. Yummy!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
My husband is happy that they are coming in a few at a time, that means a longer feast for him!
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• United States
22 Jul 08
It sounds like there won't be any waste of the tomatoes you have growing there, Ldyjarhead! Back in '95, my ex and I had more that our fair share of red and green tomato sandwiches. I don't like the green ones at all...fried or not fried!! I almost had to gag down the green tomatoes... I don't have a garden here at the house where I rent, but I think that next summer I'll take up the container gardening. I'll probably start with a few tomato plants, zuchinni, green bell pepper, and maybe a small squash such as spaghetti squash. If I can, I'll put up some stewed tomatoes. A friend of mine did that several years ago and I've got to tell you, that was the best stewed tomatoes I've ever had. It sure beats store bought.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I'm renting a very tiny house here too, so no 'real' garden either. I've got just the few things alongside the house and the rest is in containers. You definitely should give it a try.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I do not like to eat tomatoes, so mine will be fed to my daughter, mother, and my older sister who love them. I will make some spaghetti sauce out of some of them too I am sure. That I will eat.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I don't like tomatoes either, so these are all for my husband. I don't think I'll have enough at one time to make sauce with, but I might do a quick salsa for an evening snack with tortilla chips.
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• United States
22 Jul 08
I was never a big tomato eater until I had one fresh off the vine and warm from the sun. Now I am anxiously awaiting mine to ripen, standing in the garden with a saltshaker in my hand! I started them a little late, so I hope they can handle the oppressive heat we're having.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Beef Steak Tomato - Geting red.
I've eaten a few beef steak of mine so far and have many more left. This is one turning red now as well. Gawd they are so great just eaten right off the vine. Thanks. Mine are abouyt tennis ball sized mostly. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I've got a few that look to be a pretty good sized and they haven't even started to turn yet.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
22 Jul 08
how wonderful! there is nothing quite like fresh tomatoes off the vine. I just sliced up my first ripe one yesterday - it was delicious, firm and very meaty. I made BLT's
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I don't usually buy bacon very often, but I am going to as soon as the first tomatoes are ripe. I don't like tomatoes, but I do love bacon and lettuce sandwiches, and I have lettuce I'm eating from the garden too. Works for me!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Monster Tomato Plants - These tomato plants grew one year when it was very rainy. They eventually got over 10' long! I was only in the picture for contrast, and wasn't happy about it, either, because the sun was so bright and right in my eyes! LOL
Your tomatoes look so yummy! I love tomatoes, maybe because I've grown them each year since I was about 10 years old. But I ONLY love the home-grown kind. The picture below was taken during a very rainy summer. The tomato plants obviously LOVED it! They got to over 10' long and with only 3 tomato plants I managed to get over 100 tomatoes! (I'm only in the picture for contrast. I'm 5'2" tall, and the plants were already over my head.)
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Whoa! I don't know how that happened! But I gave you two more responses instead of one! LOL I also forgot to mention that my tomatoes this year are pretty sickly looking. The heat got to them. I have tomatoes on them, but have only picked a few yellow grape tomatoes. (They're ripe when yellow.) My red tomatoes aren't mature yet. I'll have to try to get a picture of my poor, sickly-looking tomato plants.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
23 Jul 08
They were Burpee's Big Boy tomatoes. I had them in a raised bed (only about 6") with a really good soil and it was raining a LOT that year. It did wonders for my blackberry bushes, too! That's really all I can say about them. I didn't fertilize during the season or anything else. Oh, I DID have onions planted close to them, and had marigolds planted around them. That kept the bugs and critters away. If it stops raining long enough today I'll run out and take a picture of my plants this year. They really look pathetic! They're about 4' tall and really scrawny! They should be much bigger by now! Maybe I'll put a big fan next to them to keep them cooler! LOL I'm sure they're loving this rain, but it's just been so hot! I'm amazed they're still alive! Yours really do look healthy, though! You must have a natural-born talent for growing tomatoes since you said you're new at it. In a few years, you just might be an expert! Keep up the good work!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
22 Jul 08
i'll eat them 3 times aday as long as they last. i love them. i would like to can some but don't believe i'll have enough to do that. i'm glad yours are doing sogood. jo
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
If I had enough coming in at one time I would probably try to put up some sauce or salsa, but if they are staggered they will just get eaten fresh by my husband who is waiting (im)patiently with his can of tuna.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
22 Jul 08
that's cute, i just have a picture of him standing there w/his tuna all this time since u first mentioned it. tell him chicken salad is good to. i make another spread w/spam if you'd like to have the recipe. it's good in tomatoes to.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I usually make my chicken salad fresh, but Tom said he likes it made from canned chicken too, so I bought a couple of cans a while back. I'm sure he'll eat it that way too. I'm going to take a picture of him with his fork and can of tuna, just for you!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I make sandwiches - a slice of cucumber, tomato, cheese and a little mayo. So good when everything is just picked fresh!
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I don't even like tomatoes myself. My husband will get all the goodies from this bountiful harvest.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Jul 08
hi ldyjarhead thanks for adding me as afriend so now I can comment on your great photos, I am going to use my cherry tomatoes in a salad and also I do slice them and put them with my cheese for a cheese and pickle sandwich. I buy the smaller tomatoes as the big ones are horribly expensive,. I really should have tried to grow tomatoes in containers in my patio, i am sure I ] would have got at least a few. lol.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Jul 08
There's always next year, so start looking for containers now. I had my others in 5 gal pails, but I don't think they were large enough for this particular variety. I had no idea they'd get this big. Next year I'll get some that don't grow quite as large and the buckets I have should be fine.
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@lixiaos (18)
• China
22 Jul 08
i loved tomatoes very much when i was a child, i still remember how delicious it was. But now i soldem eat tomatoes because hormone is used. There even no seeds in the tomatoes and there is no tomato's flavor. Several days ago i bought some tomatoes, sliced them and added sugar. But it tasted so bad that i regret to but it again. When i was a child, all the vegetables were green and delicious. But technology has ruined them all.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
My husband usually doesn't ask me to buy them from the store often, he much prefers them home grown. I don't like them myself, but there will be plenty here for him to eat, for sure.
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@i12read (57)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Our tomato plants always grow tall. My whole family loves them right out of the garden. I sometimes add a little salt, but hubby likes miracle whip on his. He also like to fry the green ones. I like fried green tomatoes, too, but I don't like to do the frying.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I wish I liked tomatoes, but I don't. I love seeing things grow, though, so I'm still getting enjoyment out of them. And since my husband loves them, it will be a savings on the grocery bill.
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• United States
22 Jul 08
I grew up having them for breakfast with fried eggs. We had a rather large garden and my mother would slice them and put them on the breakfast table. I still do it today and my memories of those days come flooding back in a good light.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I don't like tomatoes myself, but my husband would probably like that. I may have to scramble some eggs and toss in some fresh chopped tomato and see what he says.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
22 Jul 08
You're making me jealous with your tomatoes! :) Mine aren't doing well this year at all, but I have to grow them in containers because I ran out of garden space. I eat tomatoes like they were apples, and my daughter does, too. Homegrown tomatoes are the best. I hardly eat them at all during the off season because the ones you can buy at the store taste like wet cardboard in comparison. I also make tomato juice by putting whole ones in my blender. I freeze what isn't used and make sauce when the weather gets cooler. I've canned tomatoes but don't like them all that much.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I have some in containers as well and they aren't as nice as these, but they are still bearing fruit. Next year I will do larger containers, as I think the 5 gal bucket just wasn't big enough for this particular variety. You can see how large the plants are if you look at my other discussion here in gardening.
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@keya2468 (289)
• India
22 Jul 08
wow your tomatoes are great. I love it. I use tomato in almost every recipe. specially growing vegetables in own house is great.I don't have enough place to plant vegetables. but I always like it.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
You can grow them in containers too. These tomatoes are from the three plants that I have alongside the house, but I've got several others that I grew in buckets and pails and they have done well. Not bearing as much fruit as these guys are, but still worth it.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Your tomatoes look so yummy! I love tomatoes, maybe because I've grown them each year since I was about 10 years old. But I ONLY love the home-grown kind. The picture below was taken during a very rainy summer. The tomato plants obviously LOVED it! They got to over 10' long and with only 3 tomato plants I managed to get over 100 tomatoes! (I'm only in the picture for contrast. I'm 5'2" tall, and the plants were already over my head.)
@snowbitz (487)
• Philippines
23 Jul 08
Wow you really have big tomatoes in your garden i hope we could have that too because here in the philippines the size of the largest tomato that i have seen is like the size of an egg a small egg.I like tomatoes specially in vegetable salad or in hamburgers.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Really? You don't have different varieties that get larger? We have them large enough that a slice completely covers a slice of bread, all the way down to the smaller cherry tomatoes, and everything in between. It all depends on what variety they are.
@snowbitz (487)
• Philippines
23 Jul 08
we don't have like those tomatoes.But what our government would do is try to import some of your goods and sell it here in the philippines for a higher price but still i did not see any tomatoes that just like your tomatoes
@bunnybon7 (37406)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Jul 08
omg! almost everything. i'd eat tomatoes every day with everything to. but, when i was 14yrs, we used to pick them (my family)and i ate them all day every day for a week. i wet the bed one night and couldnt hold my water for a week. so, had to stop and have figured ever since then, they dont agree with me if i eat many. so, just eat a little on sandwiches now.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Wow, I wonder what it was in the tomatoes that caused that? I don't like tomatoes myself, but my husband loves fresh tomatoes from the garden so I have had fun planting and tending to these tomato plants for him.
@bunnybon7 (37406)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Jul 08
some people have said tomatoes have a lot of acids like citrus fruit in them
• Lubbock, Texas
22 Jul 08
Your Big Boy Hybrids are indeterminate plants, meaning they don't have a set height to grow and will continue to get taller and fuller as long as they have enough nutrients. As for them continuing to produce, unless the heat gets excessive they will continue to bloom until the night temps consistantly drop below 70 degrees. If the heat during the day time gets excessive they may stop blooming and then resume when it cools off. I had a friend that had tomato plants with green tomatoes on them when the first freeze was predicted. She pulled them up by the roots and hung them up upside down in her celler and had "fresh" tomatoes til January. As to what to do with fresh tomatoes I'll let someone else answer that one because I've never had an over abundance of them. Sandwiches, salads and slices are all I can think of.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I just looked up 'indeterminate plants' and do see that mine are definitely of that category (not that I didn't believe you, I just wanted to see what it meant). It said some indeterminate tomato plants can get from 6-10 ft - yikes!
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• Lubbock, Texas
22 Jul 08
I'm always glad to spark somebody's curiosity. I hope you have a ladder, if this keeps up you'll need one to harvest those tomatoes!
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Great looking tomatoes, I plant tomatoes twice and just did not have any success growing them. Yours look really good.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I've never really done this sort of thing before, and certainly never tomatoes from seed, so I'd say beginner's luck!
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
23 Jul 08
tomatoes are best used for making ketchup. it can be preserved for a longer time and the consumption of the vegetable is also in large quantities. apart from that if you can tie up with some grocery shop then this can give you some extra income also. so think about it. you can also use tomatoes while watching a pathetic play. it can be used to hit the actors not performing well. lol
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Well I don't intend on letting them get rotten enough to waste throwing at anyone, LOL. I don't think my husband will let any of these get to the stage of squashing them into something else. He plans on eating them every day for lunch.