Originally Posted by Rodehazrd
Sunny I really get to craving a good tomato about now every year. Last winter I put a grape tomato I n my flower room it took a while to narrow it down but the ak47 next to it smelled and tasted like old meat. Same cut five feet away was fine. I'm pretty sure it was the tomato as a companion. So if you plan to have both put some mint between them.
Good to know. Haven't tried growing the two together yet as I'm still in that guerrilla growing stage and trying to learn more about moving things indoors soon (my guess is in 4 years Fla will go full rec) - so, well, relatively soon.
Harvested the last bunch of the mister stripey tomatoes this morning and took cuttings from the big producer and moved two smaller plants that I had kept in a shady part of the garden to the sunny so they start growing faster.
I need to work on instead of having 5 plants that come in at the same time with these tomatoes to dial back and have a run of 12 going, but with each generation started about 4 weeks after the previous one so that I have 3 in production at a time as I had so many come ripe lat week i had to trade away 10lbs of tomatoes that I couldn't use - though I was able to trade with a neighbor who raises chickens, so I got 10 dozen eggs out of the deal. Nothing like farm fresh eggs.
I use 5 gallon pots for mine and that's a perfect size (at least for the mister stripey). If you want to got with a heavier producer (early girls) I'd go with a 7 gallon pot, especially if you're having watering issues. I use the pots instead of the ground since it allows me to move them onto the porch if I need to. With the tornado that hit central florida a few days ago I was able to pick them up and move them onto my back porch which is protected from the wind, and when the hurricane blew through here in October i moved them inside the house before taking off for safer ground. If I end up getting a frost (none yet this year), I can easily bring them onto the porch as well.
Keeping them wet enough, even in 100+ temps, is doable, though I'm at 100% humidity when I get to 100 where you're probably at 2% humidity. Anywho - when the doge goes for her last run of the night they get watered, then they get watered again at the 10:00am doge play time. On your end you could try a 7am watering and a 5pm watering, or you can always do the old tobacco trick and put up a sunshade over the pots to keep the heat of the day off them. They'll get enough ambient light, and the amount of sun in your neck of the woods is going to make them so much sweeter than anything store bought.
There's also some tomatoes which are very, very heat tolerant. On my end I'm down to the mister stripey and every once in a while I throw a black cherry in, but just like weed, the perfect variety is out there for you.
I've got the stripey's dialed in but this works for most tomatoes.
**4 gallons generic potting soil from home depot, 1/2 gallon of perlite and 1/2 gallon earth worth castings. I run the dirt for 3 or 4 grows before I change out.
**Fertilizer during growth with 2 teaspoons of miracle grow in 3 gallons of water every other day, then water til soil thoroughly soaked.
**I also make sure I clear out the old, dead undergrowth. As soon as the leaves on the lower end of the plants start turning yellow or spot up, they're pruned off.
**Water on the off fertilizer days. When it's really hot in the summer, then water 2x a day.