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Another newbie
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Breanne    Posted 06-12-2003 at 17:29:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Another newbie here. Living in the city (Alberta, Canada) and saving up money to move out. I'm currently working as a media monitor/analyst, which basically means for about four hours a day I watch TV and listen to the radio and my fiance is in the military. The job gives me enough time to garden, cook and learn new skills. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions and so far you guys have taught me quite a bit from just reading the posts.
I have a question about tomatoes. My two plants are turning black. They were doing great about a week ago, but since have started to go downhill. I was told it was from overwatering, so we held back, but they continue to get worse. I've also added more compost, thinking they were lacking in nutrients, but no results. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Breanne

Ludwig    Posted 06-13-2003 at 13:37:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was going to say I had no idea until somebody else
mentioned frost.
Where my grandmother lives in northern Maine the rule of
thumb is that you can't be safe planting until June 10.
Well your farther into the cold zone than she is and its
only June 13. I'd bet you had a cold night awhile back
and didn't even notice. That'd kill 'em, sure as heck.

DHunter n NOLa    Posted 06-13-2003 at 07:49:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
First, welcome Breanna to this humble site. The motto around here is that we'll treat you so many different ways that you'll have to like some of them.
Now for the tomatoes. My vote is that you have over watered them. They probably look like they have died from lack of water. What happens is that when the roots are too flooded with water they cannot get oxygen and the roots die...just like when a person drowns. When the roots die there's no way for the tomatoe plant above ground to get water or nutrients, so it dies also. There's no reason not to plant new tomatoes in the same pot and soil.

Jimbob    Posted 06-12-2003 at 19:25:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like a frost or freeze got your tomatoes.

Kelly    Posted 06-12-2003 at 19:03:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Welcome Breanna, I am one of the newbies too. Seems to be quite a following happening here at this site. I love to come here and put up my feet and relax a bit. Hope your next batch of tomatoes makes it. I myself tried "Patio" tomato plants, you can put them in pots and they are really hardy plants. The tomatoes taste great, but they aren't very big. I think next year I will go back to regular tomatoes. Good Luck! Theres nothing like homegrown tomatoes on the supper table!

Clod    Posted 06-12-2003 at 19:38:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fried in cornmeal green.

Maggie/TX    Posted 06-12-2003 at 21:28:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, and I've got a recipe for that from the cookbook of the Whistlestop Cafe in Irondale, Alabama. (the place the movie, "Fried Green Tomatoes" was about.) We've already had them three times this season and they sure are GOOD!

Clod    Posted 06-13-2003 at 18:10:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maggie..Put two hundred and fifty in a syrup bucket and send that guy by here that looks like a golfing bricklayer.You know that guy in the business suit that told me he knows how to lay bricks?

Maggie/TX    Posted 06-13-2003 at 20:04:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Honey, if you want some green tomatoes, I'll send you some!!!
Hey, don't forget tomorrow is Herb's sister's benefit in Kenefick!

Juliana    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:51:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to the site all "Newbies". If you still get cold weather up there, you might try planting your next tomatoes in pots. Take a sample of the black one to the nursey so they might be able to tell you what's wrong. If it's just too much water, you should be able to replant in the same place. Might take a soil sample too. Good luck.

Clod    Posted 06-12-2003 at 17:42:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome new person.Our team of experts will get right on that black tomato problem.I have no advice to offer here.It may be frostburn considering you live that far north.But that opinion is suject to be thrown out soon as the guys find this post.Tell your mate thanks for serveing his country.

Ivey    Posted 06-12-2003 at 17:41:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello, Breanne. Welcome to the board. Sorry about your tomato plants, sounds like some kind of blight. Can you get more at this time of year up there? (You're "up" 'cause I'm in Tennessee) lol.

Breanne    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:00:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yeah, there's still more available up here. Guess I'll be making a trip to the nursery. It's sad, 'cos they had tons of blossoms are already about 3 feet high. We bought 'em the day we got over 3 feet of snow too. They were kept inside until it got warm enough. We've been lucky because the weather has been great for the tomatoes (and the rest of our garden too) warm for a few days and then rain, looks like we're finally getting away from the drought that we've had for the last three or so years. The farmers sure are happy. Except for the mad cow case.

Linda    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:15:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might not want to put the new tomatoes into the same soil as the ones that turned black.

It could be the problem was caused by insects, but blight and frost would have been my first two guesses, too.

Clod    Posted 06-12-2003 at 18:10:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Speaking of mad cows.I just indulged in the milk dispute lower on this page.

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