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CantRepeat
03-14-2009, 07:47 AM
Did you plant any thing this year? I'm not sure if we have seen the last frost yet so I'm holding off for now.

TMCNo1
03-14-2009, 09:31 AM
Did you plant any thing this year? I'm not sure if we have seen the last frost yet so I'm holding off for now.

Still too early, usually plant next to or last weekend in April, but still may have to protect from a light frost even then. Can't wait! The ground has already been fertilized and limed back in early Feb.
These Mexican/California/Florida/greenhouse tomatos just suck, crunchy/white inside/no flavor and will rot within a couple days if you don't use then right away.

CantRepeat
03-14-2009, 09:38 AM
Still too early, usually plant next to or last weekend in April, but still may have to protect from a light frost even then. Can't wait! The ground has already been fertilized and limed back in early Feb.
These Mexican/California/Florida/greenhouse tomatos just suck, crunchy/white inside/no flavor and will rot within a couple days if you don't use then right away.


What fertilizer are you using or do you have a compost heap at home you run?

TMCNo1
03-14-2009, 10:13 AM
What fertilizer are you using or do you have a compost heap at home you run?


No compost, just 10-10-10-, plenty lime early, set them in Miracle Gro fertilized potting soil and the occasional Miracle Gro fertilizer during the growing season with watering. 158 tomatos off of 2 plants last year, plus 3 quarts of Cayenne peppers off of 4 plants. Usually plant Beef Steak tomato plants.
I also had some help!
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Bellinghamster
03-14-2009, 10:40 AM
I've got some of my tomatoes started for this year, currently in the dining room window - 8" tall plants with first set of flowers just opening... but they're clones (rooted from cuttings) from plants I overwintered in my greenhouse. I've still got one vine going in the GH from last year that's healthy and setting fruit despite the vine being close to 20ft long. All it takes is a big bucketfull of $$ to pay the electric (heating) bill! The tomatoes were "just along for the ride" - I was attempting to overwinter five big (3-4ft tall) Habanero pepper plants. Unfortunately, lost 3 of them due to freezing/too cold, and the other two don't look very happy. New cucumbers plants in the greenhouse are 8" tall and I just saw the first cuke (about 1/2 " long) yesterday!

It's not easy gardening in the Pacific Northwest, where it snowed last April (killed my artichokes!) and is probably going to rain continuously until mid July. At least the days are feeling longer now. Greenhouse + hydroponics made a BIG difference for me.

I agree, most of the store bought hothouse 'matoes are terrible, but I think it's more due to the varieties they grow than the method. They usually grow hybrids that are bred for high productivity, consistant size, resistance to bruising, disease resistance, etc. rather than taste.

Last years tomatoes and hot peppers:

CantRepeat
03-14-2009, 10:48 AM
No compost, just 10-10-10-, plenty lime early, set them in Miracle Gro fertilized potting soil and the occasional Miracle Gro fertilizer during the growing season with watering. 158 tomatos off of 2 plants last year, plus 3 quarts of Cayenne peppers off of 4 plants. Usually plant Beef Steak tomato plants.
I also had some help!
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Looks outstanding.

We've got to get started over here. He had just two plants last year. One cherry that turned into monster. Salads were never the same after it!

Leah
03-14-2009, 10:54 AM
I started my seedlings a few weeks ago and have had great results in the trays except for the spinach, I think the cat likes it for some reason. I too like the beefsteak variety tomatoes but have not had #1's massive results! I am trying bell peppers this year, first time for me! I always have a problem with sugar ants and don't want to use the chemical sprays. Any suggestions???

CantRepeat
03-14-2009, 10:57 AM
I started my seedlings a few weeks ago and have had great results in the trays except for the spinach, I think the cat likes it for some reason. I too like the beefsteak variety tomatoes but have not had #1's massive results! I am trying bell peppers this year, first time for me! I always have a problem with sugar ants and don't want to use the chemical sprays. Any suggestions???

Um, peppers, both bell and hot. I'm retiring from the Army this Sept and I plan on putting more time into this hobby as I love fresh veggies!

TMCNo1
03-14-2009, 11:21 AM
I started my seedlings a few weeks ago and have had great results in the trays except for the spinach, I think the cat likes it for some reason. I too like the beefsteak variety tomatoes but have not had #1's massive results! I am trying bell peppers this year, first time for me! I always have a problem with sugar ants and don't want to use the chemical sprays. Any suggestions???


Most hardware stores carry Terro Ant killer, clear syrup that you put one dime sized drop on a small piece of paper/cardboard and the sugar ants and other ants are drawn to the sweet syrup, drink it up and they take it back to the nest and it kills the entire colony. We have to use some about every 6-8 years, other than that, we have no ants. Usually works in 2-3 days, just be sure to add more to the paper if you use it outdoors and it has rained.

CantRepeat
03-14-2009, 04:01 PM
Most hardware stores carry Terro Ant killer, clear syrup that you put one dime sized drop on a small piece of paper/cardboard and the sugar ants and other ants are drawn to the sweet syrup, drink it up and they take it back to the nest and it kills the entire colony. We have to use some about every 6-8 years, other than that, we have no ants. Usually works in 2-3 days, just be sure to add more to the paper if you use it outdoors and it has rained.


Does it work on fire ants, #1?

chudson
03-16-2009, 09:56 AM
Something I've wanted to try is upside down tomatoes http://www.minifarmhomestead.com/gardening/tomato.htm has anyone on here done this? Weed free and supposed to be less insects to mess with.

Monte
03-16-2009, 10:01 AM
Darn!! I need to get busy on some planter boxes..:o

CantRepeat
03-16-2009, 05:36 PM
Darn!! I need to get busy on some planter boxes..:o

I need some too, but I think I'm gonna till a spot in the backyard for a little garden.

TMCNo1
04-19-2009, 05:16 PM
Ok guys, the crop is in with the help of my Crop Planting Specialist, Maddie, she remembered doing it last year at 1 1/2 years old, so at 2 1/2 now, she just did her thing,
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cbryan70
04-19-2009, 05:40 PM
#1 do you guys not do mulch down there?

thatsmrmastercraft
04-19-2009, 06:10 PM
Ok guys, the crop is in with the help of my Crop Planting Specialist, Maddie, she remembered doing it last year at 1 1/2 years old, so at 2 1/2 now, she just did her thing,
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No1, I would have thought the Topsy Turvy would be your method for producing all those tomatos!

TMCNo1
04-19-2009, 06:27 PM
#1 do you guys not do mulch down there?

Some people do and some don't.
I prefer pine straw. Many years ago, some mulch dealers/tree service companies that grind trimmings, didn't/wouldn't treat the mulch with pesticides, got into serious trouble selling mulch with termites in it and created havoc with hundreds and hundreds of homeowners, so many shy away from mulch because of the lack of trust. Pine Straw (the red color Long Leaf Eastern Carolina Pine Needles) easier to transport, won't harbor most insects, cover much better than mulch, take 1/2 the time to put out and is 1/2 the price. Even after 9 months, you can fluff them up with a leaf rake and they look like the were just put down.

TMCNo1
04-19-2009, 06:31 PM
No1, I would have thought the Topsy Turvy would be your method for producing all those tomatos!

I couldn't trust that method, unless Billy Mays has a infomercial about them!:rolleyes::D

thatsmrmastercraft
04-19-2009, 07:05 PM
Well, the Topsy Turvy sure isn't endorsed by a true professional such as Billy Mays.

Kevin&Annie
04-19-2009, 08:00 PM
Pine straw is the only way to go! eeeeeaaaasssy! More time for skiing.:)

BriEOD
04-19-2009, 08:23 PM
Well done Maddie!

I've been on both sides of the mulch/straw debate depending on where we lived. The mulch is more labor intensive and a little more expensive. But, it lasts longer than the straw.

cbryan70
04-19-2009, 08:29 PM
Ive never seen the straw thing done......thats why I asked....all mulch in Illinois

TMCNo1
04-19-2009, 09:28 PM
Ive never seen the straw thing done......thats why I asked....all mulch in Illinois

The pine straw (needles) are harvested along the eastern/coastal plains of the Atlantic coast states from Virginia to Florida from the Long Leaf Pine at least twice a year, late fall and late spring. The Eastern Carolina needles are longer, cleaner and more red, yet about $,50 a bale higher because of the quality, while the Georgia and Florida are shorter, sandier/dirtier, more brown, but decompose quicker. Plus, the GA/FL needles have much more pine cones and trash in them because they have been harvesting them longer from there and basically they are raking the bare ground. The guy I buy from gets 20 tractor trailer loads a year to sell.

TMCNo1
05-03-2009, 01:57 PM
Plants growing like weeds, already have 3 buds each plant, cherry tomatoes in the bag and cherry tomato seedlings after planting seeds one week ago,
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CantRepeat
05-03-2009, 06:10 PM
We have three in pots right now. A better boy, a cherry and something else. I'll have to check the label. How often do you water?

TMCNo1
05-03-2009, 08:24 PM
We have three in pots right now. A better boy, a cherry and something else. I'll have to check the label. How often do you water?

Every couple days or let the rain do it, but every two weeks add a dose of Miracle Gro General Purpose diluted in water.

TMCNo1
05-18-2009, 12:06 PM
Crop is progressing nicely compared to post #24, Big Beef tomato's 4 weeks after planting,
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Cherry tomato's after 3 weeks,
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coz
05-18-2009, 12:34 PM
Me too #1 :headbang: should be ready to smoke.................:confused:.................. I mean eat in a couple weeks :cool:

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CantRepeat
05-25-2009, 05:16 AM
Harold,

How's your crop looking? I need to update this as we have a few nice ones coming in now.


Coz, probably not the best thing to post on a public forum. A lot of folks, like myself, don't travel that road.

coz
05-25-2009, 08:57 AM
Harold,

. A lot of folks, like myself, don't travel that road.

You're on the wrong raod dude! Moses and myself agree that after a little research this is the best raod to take http://www.dreyers.com/brand/grand/images/133_1_carton-rr.jpg

It's all in fun 92 don't get your panties in a pinch 8p :headbang: :wavey:

TMCNo1
05-25-2009, 09:00 AM
Harold,

How's your crop looking? I need to update this as we have a few nice ones coming in now.


Coz, probably not the best thing to post on a public forum. A lot of folks, like myself, don't travel that road.

Don't worry, that's probably a generic pic that Coz found somewhere!

Plants and tomatoes are coming along, slowly, but surely,
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coz
05-25-2009, 09:03 AM
Don't worry, that's probably a generic pic that Coz found somewhere!


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BTW: Looking good #1

TMCNo1
05-25-2009, 09:07 AM
http://www.google.com/images/nav_logo4.png

BTW: Looking good #1

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Bellinghamster
05-25-2009, 10:49 AM
Don't worry, that's probably a generic pic that Coz found somewhere!

Couldn't have been a genuine COZ pic - it was only 640x480!

Here in the Pacific NW, where it's considered a good gardening year if one gets to harvest tomatoes for more than two weeks before they all freeze in November or worse, get blight in Sepember... I've got the answer - hydroponics in a greenhouse! Keeps 'em warm and dry, (plus it's fun to tinker with)

CantRepeat
06-03-2009, 06:39 AM
Sure wish I had a green house. The 90+ temps and humidity are murder on the plants. The two are smaller because the dog thought she should try them out after they had been in the pots for two weeks. grrrr! :mad:

TMCNo1
06-07-2009, 01:04 PM
Maddie and one of her plants with 6 tomatoes growing and 60 blooms,
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CantRepeat
06-09-2009, 09:20 AM
I think we have developed a drainage issue with ours.

coz
06-09-2009, 09:47 AM
Maddie and one of her plants with 6 tomatoes growing and 60 blooms,
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She obviously got her green thumb from gramps :headbang:

TMCNo1
06-22-2009, 05:07 PM
The tomatoes are getting there, we're getting color and maybe Maddie's little wild rabbit friend Hippity is helping too, relaxing in the shade of one of the plants,
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CantRepeat
06-22-2009, 06:06 PM
I have no idea what has happened, but every green tomatoe on all 3 of our plant is gone. We were thinking birds but there isn't even a trace of them on the ground.

mgurley
06-23-2009, 08:42 AM
I've got plenty of green ones but none really ripening yet...also alot of mine seem to be kinda small. I'll try to take some pics this evening.

TMCNo1
06-23-2009, 09:41 AM
I've got plenty of green ones but none really ripening yet...also alot of mine seem to be kinda small. I'll try to take some pics this evening.

We've got close to 40 growing, 3 ripening and another 100+ blooms on the two plants. Our granddaughter Maddie got a picture of the ripening tomato last night and begged her mama to go to Nana and Paw Paw's to pick it before she went to bed, cause she is so excited knowing she gets the first one off the vine. They are 48 miles away and it wasn't possible to come, so she'll get to pick it this weekend and she wasn't a happy camper. She loves tomatoes and will eat one at every meal except breakfast or 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes.

brucemac
06-23-2009, 09:53 AM
We've got close to 40 growing, 3 ripening and another 100+ blooms on the two plants. Our granddaughter Maddie got a picture of the ripening tomato last night and begged her mama to go to Nana and Paw Paw's to pick it before she went to bed, cause she is so excited knowing she gets the first one off the vine. They are 48 miles away and it wasn't possible to come, so she'll get to pick it this weekend and she wasn't a happy camper. She loves tomatoes and will eat one at every meal except breakfast or 10 to 12 cherry tomatoes.

ha ha, that's a cute story.

TMCNo1
06-24-2009, 11:21 AM
Oh yea, now we're talking,
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TMCNo1
06-26-2009, 08:35 PM
Maddie picked the first three ripe ones and two cherry tomatoes today and boy was she proud. She got the first two and we kept the third one, but she kept sneaking and putting ours in her bag to take home.
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TMCNo1
07-16-2009, 11:14 AM
Oh yea, tomatoes yet!
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CantRepeat
07-17-2009, 08:48 AM
We lost everyone of our tomatoes while they were green. I have no idea why or how. At first I thought it was the dog, but then thought birds. But we didn't have that issue last year so I'm still puzzled as to how.

But, at least you'll be eating well #1.

M-Funf
08-12-2009, 01:09 PM
Ours are coming along nicely...made two big batches of sauce already...

Peppers and Hops are all doing well, too :D

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TX.X-30 fan
08-12-2009, 01:13 PM
I like the roma/pear tomatos. Now I see why the sauce.

M-Funf
08-21-2009, 01:33 PM
We're getting more tomatoes and peppers than I have time to process...These were all picked this week. Those little curly peppers are damn HOT!

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TMCNo1
08-21-2009, 06:46 PM
Yea boy! Two tomato plants have given us 137, 5 cherry tomato plants have given us 367 so far. We have been giving them away and eating too and the grandbaby took 15 tomatoes and 80 cherry tomatoes home last weekend. Picked these this week and yea, the green one fell off, but will ripen and she'll take most of these home with her Sunday after she spends the weekend with us. Not bad for $5 worth of plants, plus water when they're still $1.99 lb. at the grocery store and the farmers markets.
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coz
08-21-2009, 06:52 PM
Yea boy! Two tomato plants have given us 137, 5 cherry tomato plants have given us 367 so far. We have been giving them away and eating too and the grandbaby took 15 tomatoes and 80 cherry tomatoes home last weekend. Picked these this week and yea, the green one fell off, but will ripen and she'll take most of these home with her Sunday after she spends the weekend with us. Not bad for $5 worth of plants, plus water when they're still $1.99 lb. at the grocery store and the farmers markets.
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Very nice #1, looks like a tasty harvest :toast: my 2-1/2 year old granddaughter loves veggies and cherry tomatoes are her fav, on the other hand, my grandson wouldn't touch veggies with a ten foot pylon :D

TMCNo1
09-13-2009, 10:38 AM
After 5 months of growing and producing, one plant totally died out, yet the other plant got a second growth with new blooms and 4 tomatoes growing.
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cbryan70
09-13-2009, 10:40 AM
How many so far?

TMCNo1
09-13-2009, 10:52 AM
How many so far?


146 off two plants and hopefully more to ripen before the first frost/freeze, but 12 short of last year. 360 Cherry tomatoes off of 5 plants and they've even got a second growth too.

cbryan70
09-13-2009, 11:06 AM
146 off two plants and hopefully more to ripen before the first frost/freeze, but 12 short of last year. 360 Cherry tomatoes off of 5 plants and they've even got a second growth too.

you are nuts lol. that is ALOT of tomato's tho.