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40niner

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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2006 4:41:34 AM

My garden is not fairing well at all! It is very dry and the veggies are smaller in size then this time last year. Tomatoes have black spot on them. What is yours like?
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Mr1lung
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 12:44:23 PM

great
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 12:29:34 PM

Finally getting some tomatoes to ripen. Blackberries are ripening enough to go out for a snack every day. A second round of strawberries is on its way.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 11:06:11 PM

ok i guess
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 10:51:27 PM

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the links. Yes, I would guess that is what the peppers are -- I was just thinking that we should save the seeds.

I had read something about saving food scraps to regrow -- but never had much luck with the recycling. Dang hot down here right now (SWFL) where my gardening takes place.

My 90+ YO mom is getting a kick out of the growing of her tomatoes and we did the lettuce before it got hot.

Night all!
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:38:11 PM

Gloria, So glad to hear that you had good luck with beefsteak & big boy tomatoes. I'm jealous -:) I can't seem to grow any tomato larger than cherry tomatoes. I know you don't use pesticides, I don't either so the cut worms get to them or blossom end rot. I finally gave up on the large varieties.

This is the link to where I ordered the Everglades Tomato Seeds.Native Florida Wild Everglades Tomato Seeds

I bought the Burpee Parris Island Romaine seeds at The Home Depot. I totally ignored Burpee's proper spacing recommendation and I had a fantastic crop on three different plantings. They are extremely easy to grow.

Hope your garden does really well, Buddy.

TOL & Air Hugs,

Mike
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:11:20 PM

TxJeans, Are the bagged peppers you buy the mini-sweet Pero Family Farm Peppers from Delray Beach, fl? If so, I have purchased them in the past and saved the seeds to experiment. I grew them in containers with mostly south-east exposure. They did better than expected. As for suggestions here's a few links to give you an idea of vegetable crops by season here in Fl.

Planting Dates for Warm Season Vegetables from Seed

Vegetables by Season in Central Florida

Hope this is helpful for you. Don't be afraid to experiment. Good luck.

[Edited by: Jeep97TJ at 8/19/2014 9:14:01 PM EST]
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Kulas1
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 5:57:38 PM

lousey
last spring we dug potatoes they were small onions were small the heat has killed my pumpkin vines so I will have to buy my jack-o-lanterns this year tomatoes are ok weeds great
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 3:42:42 PM

Didn't get it in this year.
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Baron62nd
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 2:29:31 PM

Last years garden was a flop. This year everything is doing great. Potatoes are ready to dig, I don't know what's down there yet, and I'm laid up after feet surgery.
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 10:31:00 PM

Good late evening gardening buddies!!!

Jeep97TJ - WOW!! I love those tomato pictures you posted, I bet they would do really good here in TN as our weather is so similar to Florida as far as the heat and humidity, I would love to try them for spring next year, always looking for new ideas, I planted Beefsteak and Big Boy this year, always heard they don't do well here, well I guess these plants were not aware of that hehe, I have loads of delicious tomatoes, the best year I have had in many a moon! My one plant has 38 tomatoes and I have been picking regularly off it, I am thrilled! But I have also been held hostage due to a tremendous lack of rain, it rained here yesterday but we only got about 1/16th of an inch where I live and other parts of the county got over 5 & 1/2 inches, errr! I did manage to collect rain water in my barrels so that helped!
Can you please tell me more about he Paris Island Romaine , I never grew lettuce, sounds yummy, also where can I order the tomato seeds?
Thanks a bunch buddy!
Hope you have an awesome week ahead!
God Bless! TOL! Gloria
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:37:35 PM

i guess ok...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 10:03:11 PM

no tomatoes yet....
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 9:38:28 PM

Hey Jeep, thanks for the response. I am new to this southern gardening so open for suggestions. I am hampered as most of the gardening must be done on a "covered" patio which means light and water issues. For the most part, it gets Eastern exposure.

I just cleaned out the Earthbox. I thought I had labeled what I had replanted, but it looked like weeds. I finally think I figured it out - Silver Pennies!

Now, the jalapeños I am ready to be done with, but would like some small sweet peppers. We buy a lot of the small bags of sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange ones in a bag...mini sweet peppers. What do I look for?

Thanks again for any tips.
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 8:52:45 PM

TxJeans. It's so easy for our list of veggies we plan to grow to be put on the back burner, then forgotten. I have a habit of doing that. I totally forgot Paris Island Romaine this year. I remembered after my containers were already planted with Texas Sweet Onions which did better than expected. I normally start planting my fall & winter garden this time of year, but it's still to hot at this point so I'm using this opportunity to bring in new soil and containers and compiling a list of veggies I want to grow. Hopefully I'll stick to it this time around.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:15:37 PM

no hot weather for my tomato plant...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 3:19:30 PM

Hi Jeep. Nope, didn't order. Looked around that first weekend to see if could get some locally, and when couldn't find any, put it on my list of things to order. Seemed it fell off the radar. I am kicking myself as the other tomato plant is almost done. It is still putting out new flowers but they are not developing and the few tomatoes left are smaller. But whatever variety it was, it was one of the better tasting ones.

Sib just harvested his first purple tomato. I heard many say they really didn't taste that good, but he would never admit that ;-) He said they were good...

Next year he is going to plant smarter so he gets more functional yields of stuff he can use and not feel like he has to find takers or process and put up tomato sauces, and canned tomatoes.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 10:27:36 PM

so/so...
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 10:06:13 PM

Good evening all. I uploaded a new album for my Florida Wild Everglades Tomatoes showing sequence from seed to harvest.

FL Wild Everglades Tomatoes
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 7:32:22 PM

Hi TxJeans. I just posted one picture in Dropbox. I'll gather more pictures and upload to GB albums.
Did you order the seeds?
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 7:10:18 PM

Hi Jeep. Thanks for the update on the Everglade tomatoes. Did you put any of the photos into your GB albums?
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 7:01:53 PM

Hi Garden Buddies. Most of my garden has taken the summer off due to intense heat. All I have at this point are the herbs Thyme, Chives & Flat Leaf Parsley.

I purchased and sowed Florida Wild Everglades Tomato seeds a few months ago. They are said to handle the heat of Florida summers and they aren't kidding. These little gems are the absolute best tasting, juicy tomatoes my wife and I have ever tasted. We have them every day in a salad. Some are cherry tomato size, others are smaller but regardless of size they are delicious. I just sowed more seeds and hopefully will have tomatoes all year.

Florida Wild Everglades Tomatoes at 70 days after sow
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Silverdog1
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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 4:34:24 PM

The deer are loving the tomatoes.
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40niner
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 10:58:07 PM

Gloria, it is good to hear. Thanks and have a good night.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 8:12:14 PM

so far so good...
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glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 2:01:25 PM

TXJeans - I would pick those little mushrooms out also, I don;t use any chemicals, always look for the friendly way to deal with nasties !

49er - You are so very right about coffee grounds!! I use save mine and use them fro my plants, they are also very good to keep ants away from plants, the ants won't cross them for some reason!

Still need rain here to, but thankfully when we did get some I was able to collect a lot in my rain barrels!

Happy Gardening Buddies!

I am taking a break and than will do a little watering.
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40niner
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 1:35:46 AM

TO KEEP CATS OUT OF THE GARDEN again using COFFEE GROUNDS

Are you reading this lightbulbman...?

Keep Cats Out of the Garden THIS IS A SAFE WAY WITHOUT USING POISONS!!
Kitty won’t think of your garden as a latrine anymore if you spread a pungent mixture of orange peels and used coffee grounds around your plants. The mix acts as great fertilizer too.



[Edited by: 40niner at 8/14/2014 1:36:45 AM EST]
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40niner
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2014 1:31:24 AM

This is the one several posters have asked again for using COFFEE GROUNDS:

Fertilize Plants
Don’t throw out those old coffee grounds. They’re chock-full o’ nutrients that your acidic-loving plants crave. Save them to fertilize rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias. It’s better to use grounds from a drip coffeemaker than the boiled grounds from a percolator. The drip grounds are richer in nitrogen.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 11:13:05 PM

fairly well for 1 tomato plant...
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dakine
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9:44:01 AM

I've got some tomatoes, onions and peppers still growing.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 10:22:31 PM

hanging in there...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 6:40:25 PM

A couple more weeks and it will be planting time again. So hot right now that it is a struggle to keep things going. Again, short of rain down by the garden. Even all the grass plugs in front that were starting to take hold are struggling.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 10:47:40 PM

my 1 little plant is doing well so far...
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40niner
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2014 2:15:37 PM

I picked a few carrots, they were small which I like to eat fresh out of the garden, wipe the dirt and eat; seven very large cucumbers and a few little ones. I tied up the tomato plants, they have more small tomatoes. I also picked a lot of weeds; these grow well without TLC.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:04:40 PM

my tomato plant is ok...
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 9:27:20 PM



Great!

Lots of tomatoes, egg plants, and corn!

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 6:01:27 PM

40niner - thanks for the Listerine tip. Can't wait to try it as the little buggers have been awful this year. Small ones that pack a big punch/bite.

glorioussnookie - thanks for the link for the yellow mushrooms. I found several and it is funny that I always find the immature ones, and when mom looks, she finds the mature ones. There are not a lot, and I really don't want to put fungicide on so will just keep picking them out for now.
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 4:05:54 PM

40niner, I love the Listerine, am doing some research to see if it also may be a tick repellent!! Ticks seem yo think I am a very tasty food source! I use Deet as that is all I have found that works to keep them away from me!
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 2:49:36 PM

TxJeans - I found this article , it covers exactly the mushroom that is pictured in your comment, I found it very informative

Yellow mushrooms

I hope I did it right (smiles)

I double checked and it worked , proud of myself hehe!

[Edited by: glorioussnookie at 8/10/2014 2:50:10 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 10:24:19 AM

I picked a few tomatoes yesterday and laughed at myself for the term l use...Harvesting, rather pretentious eh?
But l use P in a circle on my garden journal for planting, so l use H for harvesting and that is how it came about. l never thought of it till recently, that it sounded like a big field of tomatoes l am Harvesting. LOL. Anyway l picked a few yesterday and they are mostly deformed in some way. most often on the bottom. But still tasty.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 10:42:07 PM

so far so good....
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 10:00:32 PM

Tomatoes have now grown to tall. They can not stay standing up with a 4 ft high cage around it. The stems are folding over from the stress. Tomatoes don't seem to be ripening on the vine. Maybe its to soon. But I'm not liking what I see happening now.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 3:23:48 PM

No matter how much bug spray I use, I am still being eaten by Mosquitoes while weeding in the garden! I mentioned this at a truck stop and then I received several wb with the same suggestion...no not that. I had a couple of buddies who sent this recipe to me and said it worked. So I bought some and put it in a spray bottle and tried it; I sprayed it on my arms, around my head and on my feet. I did not get a bite for 45 minutes! And the bonus is it is cheap and this stuff smelled ok too. I put some on Marley's feet too. If he licked it, all the better, he would have fresher breath. So do try it. I tested it and for me it worked well.

How to kill Mosquitoes Recipe:

Fill a 4-ounce spray bottle with LISTERINE and add two teaspoons of water, yes Listerine. Spray where ever the mosquitoes are. For me it worked well. I added two teaspoons of water to my spray bottle of Listerine.


[Edited by: 40niner at 8/9/2014 3:27:19 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 12:28:19 PM

I have been getting a few of these mushrooms lately in my tomato plater --

image found on web

Any thoughts? One have of the plant looks wonderfully healthy, the other half not quite as healthy - the side that gets the most sun looks a bit pale.

Raspberries? Anyone in the warmer climates growing raspberries? I was told the variety I was sold would do well in FL.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 9:32:20 PM

so far so good...
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 8:49:14 AM

Picked my 6th large purple cherokee tomato. Gave up on the funny little eggplant bush. Tastes awful, prolific tho. Artichokes did well. letting the last one bloom. Too warm for them now here.
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 8:33:15 AM

Good Morning Gardening Buddies!!

Quickly stopping by to let you all know I am free from the garden finally, it rained last night and is still a nice light ground soaking rain!! Plants are smiling!!!

Happy Friday!! Praying the rain will go to the other areas that have been bone dry!
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:20:18 PM

my friend gave me a tomato plant with 7 tomatoes just starting to grow...
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 3:31:47 PM

Doing great! Although we could use a nice rain shower. I'm watering non-stop. But, We're enjoying sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage. Have had a couple of yellow tomatoes. Wont be long we'll have an abundance of tomatoes. Then it's salsa making time! Our Watermelon, cantaloupe, and popcorn, are looking good also!
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 2:15:13 PM

not well. hot weather has withered it.
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40niner
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 10:12:39 AM

Have noticed small tomatoes well it is a start.
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