Re: [gardeners] Re: Saturday in the garden

George Shirley (
Sun, 15 Jul 2001 07:46:04 -0500

I've had excellent luck with tomatoes lasting into the heat time of our summers.
Early Girl generally quits producing but then will kick in again in the fall
after a pruning. Yellow Bell always does well and I think it's because it
becomes a huge plant down here and shades the fruit. It's like an egg hunt
getting to them. B-) HeatWave does pretty good but not much better than regular
tomatoes. Some of the cherry tomatoes, Sweet Million, etc. do very well. Again,
I think it's because they get so big they make their own shade.

Next spring I hope to have the solution. I stopped at a nursery supply house in
central Louisiana on my way back from the VAMC. They were out of 30% shade cloth
but I did order a 25ftX25ft square and they will ship it to me. Probably next
month before I get it but that's okay.


Margaret Lauterbach wrote:
> Interesting, George. Our heat doesn't begin to match yours, yet Celebrity
> is pushed here.  They don't advertise it as a hot weather planat here
> either.  I like the yellow bells too, and they last longer after being
> picked green than any other tomatoes we've had.  Margaret L
> At 04:23 PM 7/14/01 -0500, you wrote:
> >I've tried celebrity but they are no better at handling our humidity than the
> >others. The three main hot weather tomatoes are are Celebrity, Gulf Coast, and
> >Heatwave. I'm currently growing Heatwave II and they are still producing.
> >Amazingly the tomato producing best is Yellow Bell. Good thing too as I dearly
> >love those yaller maters.
> >
> >It's not just my productivity, gardening is, and always has been, a joint
> >effort
> >around here. This morning I was cooking and packing and Miz Anne was
> >peeling and
> >slicing. We all took a nap after a light lunch, lasted abut 2 hours.
> >Tomorrow we
> >will do eggplant. Luckily our kids and friends enjoy the stuff we put up
> >as our
> >garden has been most productive last year and this year.
> >
> >George