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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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klutz347
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 4:02:37 PM

Currently covered with 8" of snow.
scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Mar 1, 2015 4:00:58 PM

QUESTION: Who uses heirloom seeds? What do you like about them?
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 11:10:55 PM

I think the tomatoes showing the end blossom rot were from a while back when I had to be away and they dried out a bit - all the newer tomatoes looking good. Now, if I could figure out what is eating them. Did some browsing and found a forum discussion with a pic that looked like my tomatoes.

I was thinking birds though I never catch any in the act. The "bites" look more like beak jabs and always happens about 1-3 days before "picking time". The responses in the thread had lots of ideas of what was doing it, and a few confirmed "caught in the acts" from across the country.

I have not seen any indication of mice or rats, or squirrels and there are no chipmunks here. Someone said horned worms but no sign of bugs other than a few white flies. Couldn't find any snails either. Seems to me that in my case it is likely the raccoons or the birds. Hung some old CD's from the cages - and will see about some netting - what a pain.

Anyone else have any past experience, and more importantly, success in keeping tomatoes from being eaten by critters? It is bad enough they eat them, but at least they could finish one before starting another - nope, they have to peck/bite holes in several - enough to ruin them.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 9:44:34 AM

Snow covered.
Trucky3212
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 9:12:26 AM

Frozen...
fart7878
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 9:04:40 AM

-9F this morning, no garden yet.
reichera
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 8:56:20 AM

Frozen solid right now.
tigerlilly123
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 11:34:50 PM

Snow covered =)
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 7:03:32 PM

Tomato - big plant shows 3 tomatoes affected with end blossom rot :-(
Bird? or Raccoon eating the 'maters?
Raccoon got the bungee cord off the trash can last night - No mood this morning to deal with the mess.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 3:55:37 PM

Snow covered
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 1:19:26 AM

scrapbasket, Feed those squigglers.
Accepting and reciprocating.
Thank you for accumulating growing resources.
Nearly March, time to start tomatoes for our weather.



[Edited by: goldrose1 at 2/26/2015 1:21:14 AM EST]
cltncguy
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:54:45 AM

under 4" of snow
scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2015 12:46:29 AM

Gold Rose ~ I will pull together some info for you. Sent you a friend request.

Peeked inside my bin this afternoon and the worms were trying to crawl out!

[Edited by: scrapbasket at 2/26/2015 12:50:48 AM EST]
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2015 12:04:27 AM

Would like to create worm composter. Share?
scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:31:22 PM

Went to a Composting Symposium today and made a eorm composting bin.
cltncguy
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:39:55 AM

sleeping thru winter now
reichera
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 8:27:00 AM

OK, I got my seeds from Burpee, ready for mid-March when I put the tomatoes in the starter pots for a couple months.

Meanwhile, outdoors, we have set new low temps this morning. 1°F this morning.

Wheeee.

TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2015 11:23:17 PM

Something is eating my tomatoes...(bird?) - a few "bites" out of one then moves on to the next. :-(
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 11:16:49 AM

Planted a semi-dwarf apricot tree yesterday to go with my plum. Those are my favorite fruit. I only have 2 barrels left now to grow in, but l do have a lot of big black containers l have collected. I should chuck them all and get one shallow long bed as veggies don't need deep containers.
scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2015 12:33:36 AM

Getting my seeds from Bakers Heirloom seeds this year.
marcelpr
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 9:21:52 AM

Mostly dead
Jake92876
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 8:40:18 AM

It's buried under a foot of snow.
trugasCA
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2015 8:33:52 AM

Goldierose l bought my Purple Cherokee at local nursery who grow all their own plants. Harmony Farms in Sebastopol.

I was putting alll my peelings and such in my soil. I didn't compost as such, just buried the food. No meat of course and no oils. I couldn't believe how much l had to bury, ran out of space. The worms process it and make good soil. My problem is the birds eat everything above ground that l try to grow. Kills my green beans and artichoke plants. I give up even covering they crawl under ... Little carniverous kritters.
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 11:59:58 PM

Hoping that someone will repost links altogether that we've read since this time last year. So many good ones for what to put in soil, what to put soil in, where to get these things as well as seeds. This is really hard place to research backwards, at least for me.
Thanks whoever has posted, if you could repost your links, it would help as I start over from scratch in new property which hasn't seen a garden. Oh, and borrowed computer so I don't even have GB wind stripes.
goldieolds
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 9:32:33 AM

TxJeans, look at the link I posted on Jan. 31 to our local Garden Talk forum. There were some links posted there last year on how to prune tomatoes and I think there was one on white flies. But they would be way back in the forum -- hopefully still there and not bumped off yet.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:37:35 PM

The tomato plant in the square earthbox got too big. Then, big winds came the other day and I walked out and found the plant blown over. With a sheet underneath to support it, I was able to upright it and get it back on the roller and moved it over closer to the fence so if the wind blows again, it can't tip all the way over. The thing is so big and dense I don't know how the tomatoes manage to ripen but getting some awesome tasting tomatoes from that plant, last years plant and the "patio" tomato plant. YUM!
DoctorOH
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 1:35:03 AM

It is done until next year
scrapbasket
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2015 1:04:22 AM

gned up for classes on teaching Square Foot Gardening today.
HappyHiker
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2015 4:31:36 PM

The weeds are doing great! I haven't planted anything this year because of our extreme drought. I may put in a couple of tomato plants in self-watering planters in a month or two.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 10:36:56 AM

I'm a transplant so still learning about year around gardening. But, there are still seasons - the summers here are very hot so a lot of things don't do well during the summer months. Forgot to plant strawberries :-(

As for the tomatoes, the monster plant got so big and top heavy that the winds knocked over it's small Earthbox. I had to slip a sheet under the plant to help support it while I brought it upright. It was a bit wilted from all the wind and me forgetting to water, so I will have to see what perks up. It has huge branches that are laden with small tomatoes starting.

I moved it and put it's heavy side next to the low fence so if it tips it will be supported by the fence and the branches can just hang over. Tomorrow I will look to see what can be trimmed out and how many 'maters were lost.

What is the right way to prune and keep these plants more compact but well producing?

[Edited by: TxJeans at 2/7/2015 10:37:38 AM EST]
40niner
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 8:44:48 AM

I only garden once a year, but the lucky ones who garden all year round, are the same bugs out for the whole year? or do differ? What about crops is there the same crops all year around?
40niner
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 6:35:18 AM

frozen solid
goldieolds
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 11:21:11 PM

Hi, Goldrose and all.

I've never grown from seeds, but a lot of people here like to order from Seedsavers, esp. for heirloom and high quality seeds.

Here's our local Garden Talk forum. If you scroll back, there are quite a few links that might have info you'll find useful.

Just the other day someone (in real life, not forum) something natural that's good for outdoor insects, but now I don't remember what it is or who it was. Possibly Neem oil; that's one thing anyway.
TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 11:06:16 PM

The old 'mater plant is producing again, and the two new pots (both plants purchased just at the HD/Lowes) are producing. Had a fresh tomato salad tonight. The smaller ones are great just removing the stem, washing and eating. They may be small, but don't taste like cherry or grape tomatoes but like real tomatoes.

White flies are still here, but keeping them at a low roar. The smaller earthbox got two plants that were supposed to be the patio sized plants - it is like a monster with the plants making like a huge shrub tree - so thick. The first 2 tomatoes were good sized, and deep w/in the plant. I thought they would never ripen. The plants are now putting out many smaller ones on the perimeter. They seem to take a very long time to ripen compared to the old plant, and the smaller plant in the plant sack.

I have not had a chance to order the Everglades Heirlooms.

I really expected to have to clear out the old plant (and want to move the pot which I can't do until I empty it), but it is just too productive.

The carrots did nothing. The Romaine is tender leaves - but how do you get nice crisp heads?

Total garden novice here - just planted some stuff as a lark as something for my senior mother to enjoy (with me doing the work).
ECase11885
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 5:27:51 PM

It's nonexistent.
glorioussnookie
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 5:15:43 PM

Hi Fellow gardening buddies!!!

Had a few days of nice weather a coupe of weeks ago, was able to get out and amend a new section a bit more, sure felt good to have my fingers in the dirt,!

goldie - I never saw that ad for Monsanto, I don't watch much TV, usually have my nose stuck in a book, the real kind you hold and actually feel the paper, I know the time may come when I will appreciate a kindle to read due to the arthritis, but until then I like the real thing hehe

goldrose1 - I like Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for seeds, their web is southernexposure.com, they have a catalog to, nice without all kinds of frills, they have a lot of organic seeds and list which are heirloom etc. I have had good luck with seeds from them. I will do some checking and get back here hopefully tomorrow it some more links.
I purchased a couple hand tools from amazon last year I dearly love, very friendly for my hands, I got a trowel and spade, I was amazed how well they worked and my arthritis liked them hehe.

Will try and get back tomorrow, it is just about time for me to start supper

Happy Gardening!!!! HUGS & TOL!!!!
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:45:11 PM

goldieolds, You could be right.
Heck, whoever had good links to places for seed, planting stuff, whatever, it's time of year that particularly those of us having moved and planting new gardens, could use a reposting. Thanks!
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 11:42:34 PM

Speaking of tomatoes, reichera.

Does anyone start their own plants? Have few seeds of heirlooms to share? Exchange?

Lots of snow where garden will be.

trugasCA, Do you buy your Purple Cherokee? Bought couple. Lousy weather and such, didn't get fruit. So no seeds. Figure that wasn't good place to buy plants. Not badmouthing them, just figure I'll try somewhere closer to where I now live.
reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:33:06 PM

Now taking suggestions on tomatoes.

I have a smallish garden and can get 2 or 3 plants of 2 or 3 different types of tomato. One type has to be a plum-type for use as a sauce tomato. I'd like to try an heirloom or two this year.

With that info, what would you suggest I try this year?

-r
goldieolds
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 12:36:42 PM

Goldrose, are you sure you're not thinking of glorioussnookie &/or TXJeans? My links were more general info, not specific planting info. I think.

trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 10:15:47 AM

Flowers are still ok. especially the primrose. Which is in full bloom
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 9:38:23 AM

frozen
dakine
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 10:00:14 AM

I'll probably start prepping the garden next month.
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:43:02 AM

Great for the end of January. Time to prune grapes pretty soon. Raspberries, too.
40niner
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:26:24 AM

Great stuff my garden is under five feet of snow.
goldrose1
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 12:20:19 AM

goldieolds, Wish I copied links you post. Gonna start today.
Links about planting materials, sources, ideas were helpful. Now that I want to look back hard to find them and most probably rolled off. If you can repost even some of them,

Agree on Rodale. Visited their PA gardens years ago. Pretty. Kept my efforts natural over years. Several Rodale books in my library. Wonder how they've changed over the years. May go back to see, if prices stay down.
playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 2:32:06 PM

When I shovel the back patio I throw the snow on the garden area.
reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:15:31 AM

Still planning.

I sent out catalog requests a few weeks ago to a few companies. Now Gurney's is inundating my inbox with e-mail ads! I think they just lost my business.

reichera
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 6:22:04 PM

Ask me in a few more months!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:48:02 AM

Frozen
cltncguy
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 1:17:05 AM

garden is long gone
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