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Old July 3, 2011   #1
Bubbagun
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Default HOT in Bakersfield Ca today

It got pretty hot here in Bakersfield, ca today…after reading a few post on TV I thought I better do something about the heat on my tomato’s, read a post about shade cloth and went down to the big brand hardware store and bought some, it was a 105 today and they say tomorrow will be 107 and the 4th 109, picture 2 is a cheap temp gauge made of plastic sitting on a bag of potting mix 2 feet from my tomato’s, It had been sitting there for only 10 mins, picture 3 is the temp from the potting mix itself, picture 4 is a leave on a pink Brandywine under the shade cloth, picture 5 is a beefsteak tomato leave in the sun uncovered, picture 6 is the temp of the ground under the shade cloth. The green cloth in a 70% block it say on the bag, I know it doesn’t look to fancy, but I had to put something up in a hurry this morning, I took the pictures around 4 pm today.
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Old July 4, 2011   #2
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Its been hot here as well the past few days but probably not quite as hot as Bakersfield. So far my plants look alright and have had a few ripe ones to pick. I might try the shade cloth as well. What varieties do you have most success with in the heat.
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Old July 5, 2011   #3
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Hi David
I've had good luck with early girl, Celebrity, Ace, Better boy, Husky Cherry..This is the first year I have tried a pink Brandywine and it looks really good, but I only have about 8 tomatoes on it, but it's just so hot, but there still setting fruit slowly, I'm going to try planting from seed next year to get away from buying from the big hardware stores, I bought 7 plants and within a week two of them were already showing disease and had to pull them, went and bought two more and planted them they worked out ok, one of them was a beefsteak tomato plant it said and it's only 2 feet tall and the rest of my plants are 5 feet or taller, I think it's some type of patio tomato, it has tomatoes on it, but it’s not what I wanted, kind of ticks me off! To find out 3 months after you plant it to see what is really is, so after reading here on the TV site I have seen a few good Idea’s, I’m looking for the best tomato to grow in hot weather for next year, but the one’s I listed above always produce really good for me, I have been picking daily for about 2 weeks, I planted late..Around April 5th or 6th, Early girl always have the first ripe fruit of the season for me.
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