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Old 06-10-2012, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I'm about convinced the only way I'm going to get disaster free tomatoes is in a hydroponic greenhouse. Not to wet not to try with food on an even keel.
Today started bright and sunny for a change.......about 5, the seabreeze collision effect came in right over our house.
Funny/ironic thing....the extra h2o only seems to split the brandywines, the marzanos that had the blossom rot earlier this year could care less.
I dunno.....my Grandpa Collard (yes thats the name, we were NOT named after the green, we brought it with us, thats how the family story goes) always said a farmer is an eternal optimist.
-sigh-
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Today started bright and sunny for a change.......about 5, the seabreeze collision effect came in right over our house.
Funny/ironic thing....the extra h2o only seems to split the brandywines, the marzanos that had the blossom rot earlier this year could care less.
I dunno.....my Grandpa Collard (yes thats the name, we were NOT named after the green, we brought it with us, thats how the family story goes) always said a farmer is an eternal optimist.
-sigh-
H'm. I plant GA Collards. Yummy with ham hocks.

Now the reason for the cracking is that the San Marzano is a commercial variety that has been much improved with resistance to lots of things. When you plant thousands of acres for commercial canning plants heritage tomatoes will break the bank. I wasted money trying to grow Burpee Delicious tomatoes in MO. 3-4 tomatoes per vine doesn't pay. Can't wait to get settled again in the Midwest and grow me some Jetstars. Good non crackers unless a summer long monsoon. And it did happen 1 year out of five. Home grown Jetstars are great tasting and very productive on good black dirt. Pruned to three stems they made a lot of one pound tomatoes for us. Still looking for photos. We canned the smaller ones and sold the jumbo slicers.

I only planted Celebrity tomatoes this year. First time. Not again. Cracked awful. Photo coming tomorrow. Horror shot.
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Talking You never know

What will happen when a volunteer tomato bears its fruit. These two came from the same plant that came up in a compost pile. No two tomatoes the same size. Same color, same taste. Meet Mutt & Jeff.

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Old 06-11-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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What will happen when a volunteer tomato bears its fruit. These two came from the same plant that came up in a compost pile. No two tomatoes the same size. Same color, same taste. Meet Mutt & Jeff.
wow, I love it when the volunteers surprise us. I have some volunteer cukes, I think that is what they are, but all I have right now are blossoms. I will be anxious to see what comes from them...They are everywhere. Actually, I don't know if I can call them true volunteers, I think they may have been planted a year or more ago and just never did anything. Why now, with all the added top soil, mulch, etc I have no idea.

Nita
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:35 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Sounds like you have a good case of flea beetles.
THANK YOU! I thought you were pulling my leg - flea beetles indeed - and that's exactly what they are! Diatomaceous earth and/or Sevin dust is supposed to take care of them. I was trying to avoid Sevin because of the bees...didn't spread the earth today because of all this alleged rain, which we didn't get a drop of. Every single storm fell apart right before it got to our area. It is SO dry.

My cukes ARE on trellises - I think I didn't pour the water to them as these early ones were forming and maybe that's why they are malformed (maybe?). I guess the proof will be in the next few that start maturing.

I will do a better job next year of getting the water lovers in one place and the other stuff in another - I think I was just giddy this year because of the early warm spring - must have clouded any good judgement I had!
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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THANK YOU! I thought you were pulling my leg - flea beetles indeed - and that's exactly what they are! Diatomaceous earth and/or Sevin dust is supposed to take care of them. I was trying to avoid Sevin because of the bees...didn't spread the earth today because of all this alleged rain, which we didn't get a drop of. Every single storm fell apart right before it got to our area. It is SO dry.

My cukes ARE on trellises - I think I didn't pour the water to them as these early ones were forming and maybe that's why they are malformed (maybe?). I guess the proof will be in the next few that start maturing.

I will do a better job next year of getting the water lovers in one place and the other stuff in another - I think I was just giddy this year because of the early warm spring - must have clouded any good judgement I had!
If it comes to Sevin dust just don't use it until right before dark. by the time the bees return the beetles are dead and so is the seven. I like a liquid system better so you can avoid getting it on the flowers of the plants. Dust can do harm to the plants under bad weather conditions. Their should be other organic choices but maybe not. I saw dozens of different things at a Lowes garden center that were all organic.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I did break down and use Sevin dust last night, just before dark. I too, have to use anything like that, but from time to time it is just necessary. This morning the bees were out in full swing, doing their job and appeared to be just fine. Of course the main things I use the Sevin on are the beans to control the beetles and the tomato plants to control whatever. The bees are doing what they do best around the squash, cukes and peppers.

Nita
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I did break down and use Sevin dust last night, just before dark. I too, have to use anything like that, but from time to time it is just necessary. This morning the bees were out in full swing, doing their job and appeared to be just fine. Of course the main things I use the Sevin on are the beans to control the beetles and the tomato plants to control whatever. The bees are doing what they do best around the squash, cukes and peppers.

Nita
I'll buy a bag of wettable before I plant my fall crop of zipper cream peas. Other wise I lose them to stink bugs. Always hose down crops before harvest when even sevin is used. Did you know that Sevin is what replaced DDT. Did you know it is used as flea powder on mature dogs? Did you know it is in the carbamate family of insecticides? Did you know it has a cousin called Temick that will kill you too. I've never used Temick and never will. Temick may be misspelled. Seems like it is used in citrus production from sealed cab tractors and the operators have to wear gas masks. I drank DDT as a toddler. As a toddler I followed my grandfather through his fields while he dusted everything in the 40's with DDT. Did you know DDT was blamed for a lot of things proven false. DDT did not have any effects on warm blooded animals. Did you know it was mostly organic? The sad think is that millions have died from malaria after it was banned. Used improperly DDT would have done our bees in. Should have been used for fighting malaria only.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:56 AM
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Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Thanks for the info about Sevin. I don't need it "yet" but I know it's only a matter of time. I didn't know to add it at dusk.


I have lots of yellow squash coming in and my first little cucumber. By next month I won't be able to keep up.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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All my basil is trying to bolt, went and trimmed it down, am gonna dry it today.
I am gonna let it come back one more time and harvest it to make pesto, then I am gonna let it go to seed and harvest the seed.
All my dill has seed heads on it, gonna let them go to seed, too.
Still have lots of tomatoes, green beans and corn, eggplants have fruit all over them.
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