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Poll question: What are the best tomatoes? ?
heirloom
cherry
roma
beefsteak


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Anyone have expertise in tomatoes?

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Quote: Aug 19th 10:20 pm
Anyone have expertise in tomatoes?

Sure you need ideal weather conditions!!!

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soil type
I find that miracle grow soil is the most effective in growing tomatoes in Texas.

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It all depends!
The best tomato for a sandwich, might not be the best tomato for a pasta sauce. The poll question you ask even has a technicality you should know about: there are heirloom varieties of cherry, roma and beefsteak tomatoes. Here are some of the benefits/uses of each kind.

Heirloom tomatoes are great for their variety, flavor and the ability to save their seeds and regrow them the next year. Many of the hybrids can be sterile or produce different tomatoes if you save their seeds.

  • Cherry tomatoes are great for salads, shish kebabs and kids.
  • Roma tomatoes are great for salads and tomato sauces, and even as small dolma shells.
  • Beefsteak tomatoes are great for sandwiches and soups.

There is overlap of course between these uses, and then there are varieties best suited for sun drying, or keeping firm, or resisting certain insects, viruses or other diseases.

A little tip on growing tomatoes: if you plant a marigold (tagetes) next to the tomatoes, it will help ward off tomato worms.

BTW - my Big Zac II tomato bush has produced some 3+ pound fruit this year... they're huge and delicious!

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Quote: Aug 19th 10:30 pm
I find that miracle grow soil is the most effective in growing tomatoes in Texas.


I prefer to go organic. My tomatoes thrive with compost and organic food. One of the most exceptional plants I've ever had is an indeterminate French slicer called Carmello. It's been in the ground since April and is still producing an abundance of fruit (mid dec). Granted, I'm in southern California, but I can't say enough about this variety.

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Miracle grow is the most effective.

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why would you want to eat miracle grow. obviously the chemicals enter the plant; hence the effect...

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Quote: Jan 2nd 12:36 am
why would you want to eat miracle grow. obviously the chemicals enter the plant; hence the effect...


Why would you want to drink sulphuric acid? Since the chemical enters the plant, as it is more than likely in the rain that falls, thus in the soil, thus in your plant. That goes for any chemical, whether it be "organic" (the gardener type, not chemistry) or not.
I'm not sure what miracle grow is myself, but I imagine that they don't put chemicals in the mix that are harmful to humans.
I know that my work sells potting mix that is iodised to prevent fungal infections growing in the mix, and aside from that it also has some types of fertilisers in it. If you were to eat the soil, you would be odd, but probably wouldn't die from it. The fertilisers in the soil will be used by the plant, which will probably not be any different, chemically, from a plant grown with organic fertilisers. Thus, you are not eating miracle grow any more than you are eating cow poop or seaweed.
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The best tomato fertilizer,composted oak leaves and an outdated all purpose vitamin pill


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