[Market-farming] Easy to pick cherry tomatoes
jaysleichter at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 7 23:04:49 EST 2010
Put those cherries in a high tunnel and you can grow a third as many and pick twice as much! There is another vendor at my market that grows cherries outside. They planted some insane number 200-300 plants. I would have just as many to sell each time as they did off my 30. When the summer rains came through, I would have more and they would have very little to none.
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--- On Sun, 3/7/10, cjmaness at juno.com <cjmaness at juno.com> wrote:
From: cjmaness at juno.com <cjmaness at juno.com>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Easy to pick cherry tomatoes
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010, 9:32 PM
We grew Fargo yellow pear last year, because it was supposed to be crack resistant. I think it cracked worse than anything. We've decided this year to not grow any yellow or red pear. I don't know. Over the years we've grown a lot of different cherry tomatoes. And, they all do fine until we get a big rain, then they all crack. It doesn't seem to matter how we fertilize. irrigate, pick, or whatever, if we get 3" of rain, they will crack. My husbands theory, which always drives me nuts, is to plant more than we can pick. Then, when they do crack there is always enough that didn't crack for market. Last year we had 118 cherry tomato plants. It would take me 6 hours to pick one side. 2 gallon buckets, that I filled about 1/2 way and sort of scooch along with my foot and pick with both hands. I also use the strap on stool. Sit while picking down low, stand while picking up high.
I'm thinking that if my husband actually had to pick cherry tomatoes, those plant numbers might come down...
Perkins, OK. I have spent the last 3 days transplanting. I am so tired.
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