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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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nichols
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 9:24:35 AM

fair for mine also again tomatoes hit by a fungus
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 9:50:53 PM

hoping for a better growing season next season in 2015...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 2:44:42 AM

Can't sleep...Grrrr.

Found this site, but tired and didn't spend much time looking at it, but might be worth looking at when I am awake and not tired...

companion gardening - know your plant's friends ;-)
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 2:27:28 AM

The plant sacks would be lighter than the Earthbox, but I don't see where an Earthbox would much heavier than any other container for gardening...except for the weight of the water, but even then, I would think balcony codes would be such that it would hold one. Maybe a lot of them depending upon the size and type of balcony.

What do you currently use?

I have seen a lot of neat vertical gardening and small space gardening ideas. Including using "gutters" hung at a slight slope for planting things like herbs and strawberries and smaller plants.

I saw a pic once of a herb display in a kitchen showroom. It was built with sections on a wall where there were lights and overhead skylight -- I will have to see if I can find the pic and post it.

When I win the lottery I want a kitchen with a space like that for growing fresh herbs.

This isn't the same picture (not as good) but looks like the same wall...
Link didn't work...I will try again but edit will time out first...
Trying again

[Edited by: TxJeans at 8/31/2014 2:34:33 AM EST]
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 10:38:09 PM

it was a fair year season 5 tomatoes from my 1 plant...
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 2:34:14 AM

TxJ, thanks. I saw something about a gardening box a couple of years ago, not sure if it was an Earthbox. I wrote to ask if it was appropriate for a balcony and was told that it is very heavy when filled with dirt. Probably not a good idea for a balcony, and it would have been too big, etc. Not a suitable option for my situation.

You're right about the critters. If there was ever a deer up here I'd have much bigger problems than some chewed up veggies. ;) Even a vole or a rabbit. Although my neighbor below me has been encouraging squirrels, I think. Hers walks out to the garage roof, not ground level, but they can climb up there and root around in the gravel that covers the garage roof. I saw some running in and out of hers one day and called to tell her, thinking she'd better be careful they don't get inside. She said she likes watching them and now I see them going there often. It scares me b/c I'd hate for one to decide to try to climb up here.

I do get bugs though. I wonder where they come from. Maybe not as many as would be in a ground garden.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 8/30/2014 2:36:58 AM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 10:39:14 PM

Jeep, where is "back north" for you?
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 2:34:58 PM

well I have the tomato plant that keeps on growing it is about 5 feet tall or more, it is fighting for space with the grape vine, ive never seen such a tall tomato plant, but it is yielding about 2 dozen small plumb tomatoes ever few days I made some lovely spaghetti sauce on Tuesday it was yummy, we have visitors over the weekend I sure hope they like tomatoes

the herbs are doing well but the basil has gone to seed anyone know how to stop that from happening. the parsley is wonderful as is the mint and the sage which is not in a pot but in the garden is now so huge we have had to divide it.

The apples are almost ready to pick I have harvested some windfalls but not enough yet to make a pie

The rhubarb is growing really well as its only its 3rd season im really pleased with it.
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 2:32:38 PM

40niner,

I'd be happy to trade temperatures with you. It's 35 c here today "95 F" and pretty much the same every day. About ready to move back north.
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Jeep97TJ
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2014 2:18:16 PM

My garden is pretty much gone until the weather cools down. All I have at this point are herbs - the last of my ground cherries and of course Florida Wild Everglades Tomatoes. My flat leaf parsley was taken over by a beautiful swallow tail butterfly to lay her eggs. The caterpillars hatched and made short work of the parsley. Was hoping to catch the third and fourth stage of life but they moved on. Can't seem to find them.

Gloria,
Thanks for the egg shells tip to help prevent blossom end rot. Gonna give it a shot.

TOL,

Mike
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2014 10:45:48 PM

all gone...
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:28:34 PM

planning for next spring...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 8:42:23 PM

Hi Goldieolds - Balcony gardening can give additional challenges, but also might have less issue with bugs and critters ;-)

I saw some neat videos when I was rooting around on the Internet for patio/balcony gardening. One was using one of the zippered plastic bags that bedding comes in. They filled it up with dirt, put a bit of hose/pipe in the corner for watering and then cut X in the top in rows to plant the started plants.

Also, I have the earthbox - the farmer that created it created it the year that too much rain was hurting the FL tomato crop, but his kids tomatoes in pots up by the house were doing good. They now have a smaller square one that looks perfect for tomatoes.

Funny thing, I don't see it on their website...I bought mine in July just before they closed for the summer hiatus.
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 10:45:36 PM

better luck next spring...
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 9:28:25 AM

I dug the rest of my potato crop. Allto l got 10 potatoes out of an investment of $5, so they cost .50c per potato. Lots of tiny ones. Too tiny to fool with. Marble size. Pulled the eggplant long ago, tiny birds ate the green bean leaves and stems,and the tomatoes are deformed for the most part. Tasty tho. Just not a good year.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 3:25:25 AM

Hi y'all. I haven't been here for a long while. Figured it was time to come back now that I actually have something growing on my balcony.

My potted tomato plants never filled out and got bushy, but they are getting really tall. One has a stalk that is about twice, as tall as the stake, or more. I don't know what to do with it. I try to prop it against the pillar, but it doesn't always stay up there. There are fruit on it. It's like Jack's bean stalk. :) And the leaves are actually falling off. I think it might be because the pots aren't big enough so they are sacrificing the leaves for the fruit. I just moved that one down to the floor on a rolling saucer plant holder, instead of on the little table, which is only about 1 to 1 1/2' high, because that stalk was up to the ceiling.

Two of the plants are cherries. It's the Sun Golds that are so high and there are a lot of tomatoes on it, considering. Not like in the ground or even a bigger pot, I'm sure. The other is called "Large Cherries" and there have been a few ripe ones, and more green ones. The ripe ones tasted very good; I look forward to more of those. The third plant I think will be regular tomatoes and there are a few green ones of various sizes. It was the one that got repotted last b/c I didn't have the dirt for it. It seems to be catching up well.

My dad used to have some bigger wooden pots when he was here, but my mom gave them away before I moved in. She had told me that he had tried to grow tomatoes but they wouldn't grow here. Then I saw some of the neighbors had tomatoes on their balconies, so I decided to try it. So I guess they're doing ok, considering. My dad was a gardener; I'm not.

I wonder if I'll get enough at one time for a salad. So far I just eat them as I pick them and they don't make it into the house. ;)
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 12:35:02 AM

With the temp at 10 c and with all the rain over the weekend, nothing wants to grow any more. My tomato plants' leaves have turned yellow and drying out. The corn ears are half the size they should be. The cabbage are growing well. This has been a tough year for the garden.
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 9:53:44 PM

gone for the season...
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:38:46 PM

plant is 99% dead now
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 12:25:09 PM

tomatoes are pretty much done, okra and zuchinin still producing.
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40niner
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 11:42:52 AM

Good morning Gloria and garden buddies. When I boil eggs I cool down the water and pour it under NOT OVER the plants on the soil. The egg shells I let room temp dry. Then I put them on the counter and put a dish cloth over them and use a rolling pin and roll until the shells look like sand. I put them in recycled jars. I don't freeze them because they are dried and rolled into small pieces. I just put the jar in the cupboard for the winter months. Come planting time I just put a half cup of shells in a four litre pail and add warm water, stirring and LEAVE letting the water cool. Then I stir and give each plant about half a cup of this mixture. AFTER THE PLANTS HAS BEEN PLANTED and watered, I use the rest of this mixture to water my other veggies remembering to pour an inch above the ground and under their leaves. Their leaves are their lungs so I don't pour on them. A good day to all. Sunday Blessings.

[Edited by: 40niner at 8/24/2014 11:50:20 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 9:00:32 AM

Good Sunday Morning Gardening Buddies!!

Jeep97TJ - Thanks so much for the link!!! I am trying them next year! I am gonna do my best to grow from seed this next year hehe, I could not find any cherry tomato plants this year just yellow ones and they are not as good , The blossom end rot is caused by low calcium levels, you can save egg shells in your freezer, that is what I do , anytime you crack an egg save the shell even if you make hard boiled eggs, I crush them in my hand and put them in a plastic freezer bag and freeze them, than in the spring I place about what would be 2 egg shells in each planting hole, I have also put 4 - 600 mg calcium tablets in the holes when I didn't have enough shells, Once I started doing this I never had blossom end rod again, hope this helps!
Hugs and TOL!
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lightbulbman2008
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 11:22:37 PM

my plant is ready for its last leg of life...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 9:45:44 PM

Anyone tried "plant sacks" or burlap sacks for gardening? I would think they might be good in areas where there is a chance of too much water.

I have heard of some even using those recycle grocery bags for veggie gardening.
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 6:22:03 AM

Too much rain in my ares, tomatoes have rotted this year.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 10:20:52 PM

always something went wrong...
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 7:00:54 PM

The Earthbox is okay. I also have seen a square shorter one at HD that looked interesting (mine is one of the earlier EB's that sat in the corner of my "patio" for several years after I was condo'ized off the bay.

The tomato is actually in one of those big decorative clay pots from HD....heavy sucker that doesn't work well (roller can barely handle it). I also have two plant sacks (one currently empty).

If growing where there is available ground rather than patio, they might be good to keep out weeds and allow water wicking from the ground.
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2014 12:02:18 AM

It is slowly dying off.
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 10:49:39 PM

TxJeans, It's so nice to hear that your mom gets a kick out of growing tomatoes and lettuce. That's so special. Keep planting and amazing your mom.

How do you like growing in an Earthbox? I haven't purchased one but did buy three of something called "Garden Patch Grow Box" about five years ago and I'm not pleased with them. They weren't long lived due to warping. And the opening to add water is exposed which is an ideal place for standing water that attracts mosquitos to lay their eggs.

Mike
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:57:51 PM

The deer got into the tomatoes and decimated the plants but apparently isn't overly fond of green tomatoes. Someone once told me that planting garlic in various places in the garden will keep the deer out -- yah right!
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:23:09 PM

tonight still no tomatoes
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last night ok i guess
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 12:44:23 PM

great
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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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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 11:06:11 PM

ok i guess
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2014 9:37:35 PM

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

no tomatoes yet....
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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 jalapeƱos 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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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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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2014 10:15:37 PM

no hot weather for my tomato plant...
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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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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2014 10:27:36 PM

so/so...
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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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