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tomtatos

PostPosted: September 25th, 2013, 9:16 pm
by Herbidacious

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PostPosted: September 25th, 2013, 10:53 pm
by Kitewatcher
Typical T&M nonsense. Buy sacks of potatoes and loads of cherry tomatoes for the the same money.

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 4:51 am
by suffolk
Hope it doesn't lead to the ignorant eating the fruit/seeds of potato plants :o I'm also a regular on a gardening forum, and every summer we get several enquiries about the 'tomatoes' that are growing on their potato plants and whether they are edible :roll:

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 5:16 am
by 4dogsagain
And I always understood that tomatoes and potatoes should not be grown together! No thanks, I'll keep mine separate.

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 8:45 am
by sueturnersmith
It's not April the first, is it?

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 8:52 am
by Lokelani
I got an email from T&M about that yesterday & immediately double checked that it wasn't April Fool's day!

Then I reasoned that they are the same family & like Suffolk, have also read the posts on the gardening forum about those & wondered. I've had tomato plants grow those seed fruit that look like tomatoes myself, of course did the research & found out they were poisonous.

I'm very skeptical that growing veg doesn't already cost me more than buying them, & that's using seed packets I've had for years, let alone buying a single plant for £14.99!

I guess it is a space saving way for someone to have a go at growing both those crops. More for the fun of it than to save money at this stage though. I guess like all new developments the price will eventually plummet.

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 4:13 pm
by ianinfrance
The question I'd want to ask is what the qualities of the respective produce are like. If it gave first class tomatoes as well as excellent spuds, then it might have some interest. Otherwise - no way.

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 4:32 pm
by StokeySue
ianinfrance wrote:The question I'd want to ask is what the qualities of the respective produce are like. If it gave first class tomatoes as well as excellent spuds, then it might have some interest. Otherwise - no way.


Exactly - I'm only ever likely to have a small garden, and a dual product would make it worth growing spuds IF both were good enough

They are both solanaceae after all - it's not necessarily a ridiculous chimaera

Lokelani wrote:I'm very skeptical that growing veg doesn't already cost me more than buying them, & that's using seed packets I've had for years, let alone buying a single plant for £14.99!

I guess it is a space saving way for someone to have a go at growing both those crops. More for the fun of it than to save money at this stage though. I guess like all new developments the price will eventually plummet.
I got an email from T&M about that yesterday & immediately double checked that it wasn't April Fool's day!

Then I reasoned that they are the same family & like Suffolk, have also read the posts on the gardening forum about those & wondered. I've had tomato plants grow those seed fruit that look like tomatoes myself, of course did the research & found out they were poisonous.

I'm very skeptical that growing veg doesn't already cost me more than buying them, & that's using seed packets I've had for years, let alone buying a single plant for £14.99!

I guess it is a space saving way for someone to have a go at growing both those crops. More for the fun of it than to save money at this stage though. I guess like all new developments the price will eventually plummet.

Exactly :tu:

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PostPosted: September 26th, 2013, 7:45 pm
by suffolk
I can think of better uses of a nurseryman/woman's grafting skills :roll:

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PostPosted: August 12th, 2014, 7:08 pm
by Herbidacious
Quick question: how long do you keep feeding them for? Until the end?!

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PostPosted: August 12th, 2014, 7:16 pm
by Zosherooney
Hi Herb. I put Westland in the soil when I potted them up and it has lasted all season. Slow release. Mr Z commented on how sweet our tommys were - he said almost too sweet ! Men, they are never happy !! :lol:

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PostPosted: August 12th, 2014, 7:45 pm
by suffolk
I feed my toms once when the first truss has set and again when the second truss has set and maybe once again after than. Grow them hard and the flavour is much better. :D

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PostPosted: August 13th, 2014, 11:18 am
by Herbidacious
Right! Thanks! I ask because I am growing mine in/over a tank watering/feeding system and have been adding food every time I fill the tanks up. Asked OH to feed the (now leafless) fig at the weekend, and I can't find the tomato food now, and am going away.

They keep falling over, they are so bushy (although indeterminate ones), and being 10 inches off the ground doesn't help. Also the soil, being watered from below presumably isn't as 'heavy as it might otherwise be. I really probably ought to have pinched them out a bit.

Interesting re the Westland, Zosh. I shall experiment with that next year.

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 9:03 am
by Zosherooney
Hurrah ! Finally I can see a glint of pink coming on my plum tomatoes - so excited ! It does not take much to make me happy ! :bounce: :bounce:

Also I have managed to keep one of the peppers from the clutches of the slime balls that frequent my GH. Also... :oops: a giant cucumber that was not spotted about a week ago... :oops:

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 9:13 am
by suffolk
Mmmmm my outdoor Sungolds are ripening nicely ... I foresee tomato salad at the weekend :bounce:

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 10:06 am
by Suelle
My tomatoes are rubbish this year - out of 6 plants two haven't produced any fruit. The other 4 are spindly and only have a few fruit.

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 2:47 pm
by Zosherooney
Strangely enough only the bottom trusses have produced, the upper ones (flowers) did not produce anything (so far) ?

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 3:45 pm
by earthmaiden
Gosh,I thought you'd all planted Tomtatoes after being so rude about them in 2013 but think you are just discussing this year's tomato crop on a strange thread :lol:

I didn't get round to planting tomatoes this year, it was raining when I usually plant so I didn't go outside and forgot. A relative did try Tomtatoes, I must ask her how she got on with them. In a small garden like mine they're a great idea if they work!

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 7:35 pm
by liketocook
My tomatoes are doing well but a number of weeks away I think from the first ripe ones. It tends to be towards the end of August before I get any crop so fingers crossed :)

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2017, 10:05 pm
by Zosherooney
But are they in a GH LTC??? Or outside ???

EM, dont like to keep starting threads on the same subject..... but different years give different results ! Hope you are feeling better today?

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PostPosted: July 29th, 2017, 10:02 am
by Bubbles
We have had 3 tomatoes so far, and plenty more on the way. They are against a wall in a sunny position. I don't think there will be masses though but the tomatoes are different, larger and not a regular shape like they were last year. (The plants were given to me so not sure what they are). I have also had one courgette! Will take a photo later!

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PostPosted: July 30th, 2017, 7:36 pm
by Herbidacious
I saw this thread revived and thought, "Good grief, did I really start a thread with a typo in it's title?" I didn't. I had forgotten about tomtatos ;)

I guess so has everyone else!

So a new thread about tomatoes?!

edit looking back over the thread it is my fault for diverting it to tomatoes. :oops:

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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 1:47 pm
by icelesley
My tomatoes are doing really well had quite a few to eat already and several about ready to pick too.

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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 4:09 pm
by Seatallan
I think we're going to have a bumper crop too. Must be a good tomato year. :chops:

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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 6:16 pm
by liketocook
Picked my first tomato earlier, a small very sweet Sungold. :D It never made it out of the greenhouse. There is a Stupice well on it's way too so it's beginning to happen. I'm hopeful of a decentish crop this year though I'm not sure I'll get much from the hanging basket ones that are under my covered deck.

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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 7:27 pm
by suffolk
Sungold are the best flavoured tomato IMHO ... and DD is growing them too and all her friends and her Lovely Hub's work colleagues love them too. As one of them said, 'You'd pay a lot of money in Sainsbury's for tomatoes that taste like that, and you pick them our of your greenhouse for nothing' ........... she explained, that it wasn't quite 'for nothing' :lol:

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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 8:46 pm
by Herbidacious
I'll have a go at Sungold next year. Not sure if I have grown them before. I do like Gardener's Delight.

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PostPosted: August 3rd, 2017, 9:01 pm
by liketocook
Sungold like Gardener's Delight are great to grow but absolute brutes of plants - they'll take over the world if left to it :D . Fab, sweet and proflic tomatoes though. If I could only grow one type of tomato it would probably be a Sungold - I can eat them (and do) like sweeties :D

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PostPosted: August 12th, 2017, 8:30 pm
by Herbidacious
Got home from a week's holiday and some of my tomatoes plants look like they are dying! Leaves gone brown and dry. I wonder if I over fed them. I was a bit doolally before I went. There are a few ripe ones to pick. I ate one, a dusky red one (too dark to see what sort) and it was delicious.

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 3:40 pm
by Herbidacious
I think they have blight :( Never happened before.

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 4:27 pm
by liketocook
Herbidacious wrote:I think they have blight :( Never happened before.

Oh no - is the stems as well as the leaves?

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 5:15 pm
by Herbidacious
Yep. Will throw away affected plants tonight :( so disappointing. Chances are test will succumb though too.

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 5:45 pm
by liketocook
Oh that's a shame :x

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 6:32 pm
by Herbidacious
Feeling heart broken. I just spent an hour throwing away eight plants, and hard pruning the other eight which are clearly also somewhat infected. I am fairly certain the other eight will have to follow suit and be binned. Astonishing how they have gone from looking fairly healthy to dead and dying in 7 days. But I guess they weren't really healthy before I went on holiday.

Oddly I feel like a failure.

I have a deep suspicion that the plants were sold to me with this. They had tiny green spots on them.

I have since showered, stuck my clothes in the wash, washed my hair and I still smell like tomato :(

I will disinfect the pots at some point.

What a waste of time and money and effort.

In all almost all of my efforts have succumbed to fungi and mould. The only things that have not are my beans. They just got slugged.

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 6:37 pm
by suffolk
Herbi :hug: We had it happen a couple of years ago :cry: ....... wiped the lot out ......... with the exception of

http://www.suttons.co.uk/Gardening/Vege ... 182440.htm

I grow some of these every year now ... they never fail :tu:

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 8:06 pm
by Herbidacious
Thanks, Suffs. I will definitely be getting some of those next year!

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PostPosted: August 14th, 2017, 11:04 pm
by scullion
we had a year like that last year. lost just about everything except chard at home and the virtually all the contents of the poly tunnel - including four year old runner and french bean plants - it was soul destroying but this year is much better.
don't worry, next year will most likely be a good one.

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 7:43 am
by Herbidacious
I hope so. I'll get over it. But a bit miffed with my cousin telling me it's a 'first world problem' which essentially means it's trivial. He is clearly not a gardener! :evil: ;)

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 9:08 am
by suffolk
How can a food crop failure be trivial ... in whichever world ... yes, we can go down to the supermarket and buy some tomatoes, but in the grand scheme of things it's still a reduction in resources, leaving less for others. Tell him he has a very superficial viewpoint. :rolleyes:

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 11:20 am
by Herbidacious
I did protest, but I don't know him that well or indeed at all other than via FB. He's a lot older than me and emigrated to Australia back in the 70s, so I have to tread carefully! He may be a bit touchy.

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 12:33 pm
by scullion
it seems to me that if he's that far away, you don't really know him and don't know if you have any common ground other than grandparents, you shouldn't worry if he's a bit touchy.
be yourself - he's not really part of your life so you don't need to pussy-foot around his sensibilities - he doesn't seem to care for yours.

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 1:16 pm
by suffolk
I've got one of those cousins ... he emigrated to Oz in the 70s too, and is the founder of a large dynasty of semi-self-sufficient surfing Welsh Aussies ... he'd be thoroughly teed off if his tomato crop failed ... shall I send him round to sort your coz out for you ;) :lol:

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 5:34 pm
by Seatallan
Herbie, it's a pity you've chucked the rotten tomato plants. You could have bundled them up and sent them to him. :D

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PostPosted: August 15th, 2017, 8:26 pm
by Herbidacious
He was just ribbing me I guess. He's actually a self-professed sensitive type. I should be pleased he thinks he can tease me. I don't have many relatives. I like to keep the ones I have on side :)

Now where can I buy some really nice tomatoes?! (Back to Italy for me?!)