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Passingtime2
08-28-2008, 09:36 AM
HERE COME THE TOMATOES!
I got a 5-6 week late start on my tomato plants this year, but there starting to turn now. I'll be overwhelmed in a few days. That's a good thing!http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Tomatoes dehydrate extremely well so I built 3 more drying trays just for them, and I can use them for the cantaloupe as well. I still need about 5 more.

I started with about 33 tomatoes and ended up with about 5 or 6 qt bags that will so into storage in the basement. http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/biggrin.gif

I threw the scraps to the chickens. http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/cool.gif (The chickens are another story).

waybomb
08-30-2008, 06:26 PM
You might want to try something for next year's crop.

Years ago, my brother worked for an automotive machine shop. The boss there told me to take a bucket of brake drum turnings and mix it in with the soil my tomatoes were planted in. I had them planted next to the garage and used the garage to hold the trellis up. The plants would normally get about 4 foot tall. That year, and every year after that, them suckers grew over the egde of the garage roof and the tomatoes were huge. And so good just eating them raw. Plus, my wife makes jumbo hamburgers. I used to have to put two tomato slices on a burger to cover it up, but those tomatoes were the perfect size for the giant burgers

Deadly Sushi
08-31-2008, 01:00 PM
take a bucket of brake drum turnings and mix it in with the soil


Brake drum shavings??? Youre kidding me.

That doesnt sound like something I want in my tomatos. Could it grow from the minerals in the metal shavings?

jwstewar
08-31-2008, 01:09 PM
How do you dehydrate them? Looks like a pretty big tray compared to the home dehydrators I've seen.

What do you do with the dehydrated tomatoes?

Never heard of dehydrating cantaloupes.

So many questions, inquiring minds want to know.:chef:

PBinWA
08-31-2008, 02:40 PM
Brake drum shavings??? Youre kidding me.

That doesnt sound like something I want in my tomatos. Could it grow from the minerals in the metal shavings?

I would think it would be the iron - but who knows?

Deadly Sushi
08-31-2008, 02:43 PM
Right! Iron is fantasstic for growing anything. But what about the rest of whats in those shavings? :ermm: Maybe Im a scardy cat but that just doesnt sound right.

waybomb
08-31-2008, 03:03 PM
It's not brake shavings, it's brake drum and rotor shavings. I'm still around, so it must be ok. Sure made those tomatoes go nuts.

Deadly Sushi
08-31-2008, 03:21 PM
Dont they put other stuff in those parts though so it dissapates heat well?

waybomb
08-31-2008, 03:30 PM
Just cast iron.

Passingtime2
09-03-2008, 11:14 AM
How do you dehydrate them? Looks like a pretty big tray compared to the home dehydrators I've seen.

What do you do with the dehydrated tomatoes?

Never heard of dehydrating cantaloupes.

So many questions, inquiring minds want to know.:chef:
Check this out......

http://www.forumsforums.com/3_9/showthread.php?t=18722

sorry for the double entry....notice the wine glass.....nuff said.


and this.....


We've been busy the last few days with canning and dehydrating. On Sunday we canned 16 qts. of dill pickle spears and 7 pints of cucumber relish. http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/eek.gif I boil the jars and do the boiling water bath on the deck. It's fast and keeps the heat out of the kitchen. And much of the mess.

On Monday I sliced 12 tomatoes and a few yellow squash and zucchini, and cut up 14 cantaloupes to go in the dehydrator. This is after we tasted the dehydrated cantaloupe and found to our surprise how good the taste was when it was just chewed like a piece of candy. http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif I was given instructions.........we HAD to have more.

The tomatoes and squash ended up with one qt. freezer bag each, and the cantaloupe filled a one gallon freezer bag. http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

The cool weather blew in yesterday and I'm afraid it will really slow the garden down. It's 58 out right now with a 10 min wind average of 18 mph. Our projected high for today is only 67 with high winds. http://www.tractorsandlife.com/images/smilies/frown.gif

Ice Queen
09-05-2008, 05:13 AM
I have grown tomatoes this year in my greenhouse, but due to so much rain and hardly any sun here this year, they will not ripen. Think I shall have to end up ripening them wrapped in newspaper in a drawer.