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Old 04-18-2017, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Heading to higher ground
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The rain needs to ease up. 200 asparagus roots due in tomorrow. 100 strawberry plants due in Thursday along with all the other berries and trees. Some how some way the potatoes are going in today. Lima beans and zipper cream peas can wait till later in may.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Can you tell which one I chopped the top off???? Only been 10 days but an amazing result. Peppers were not worth topping off but Tomatoes are proving this is the key. Stem much thicker and new growth everywhere. Impressed





Started them 2 weeks too early. They are outgrowing the space I have under the indoor grow lights. I just have them outside for this picture. Not hardening off for another 2 weeks.

Those look fantastic, Cam! I remember back in 2015 I accidentally pruned the growing tip off of a German Johnson I was growing for my mom - it had already been in the ground about a month. I felt so bad I apologized profusely (of course, she didn't care). Well, within two weeks that plant was twice as bushy and THRIVING, much more so than had I not topped it. It was something to behold. It went on to produce well enough, but the plant was ENORMOUS - the variety isn't known to be overly productive. The fruit it did produce were large and tasty, though. Just goes to show that sometimes our carelessness does pay off.

You know I love to top my pepper plants, but I have yet to purposely venture into topping tomato plants. It's slightly beyond my comfort zone even though I've seen the benefits with my own two eyes. I probably still won't top this season, but perhaps I'll have to experiment in 2018 if I can get enough tomatoes canned up this year. My goal is to preserve enough tomatoes for at least a year (two year rotation would be ideal), so I want to make sure I don't experiment too much in the event it doesn't work out. I do have relatively limited space dedicated to gardening and it takes a lot of tomatoes to can enough for a stock of two years.

I just started my tomatoes on April 07 because they always get too big for me. Most are just at the cotyledon stage now with a few beginning their first set. I would never transplant before the third week in May and that's usually risking it big time for us. This year the goal is Memorial Day weekend. More often than not the risk here is from severe weather than frost, though both are very possible. May through mid-June is typically extremely volatile.

I'll be very interested to see how your tomato plants do.
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:34 PM
 
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Well I am happy to report the black princes are doing very well after all and I am happy as a clam I have to go get some cages this weekend before the heavy afternoon storms start so they can have a better suppost system . Let me tell you that mr stripey is something else . that bugger is trying to outgrow everyone whoo howdy . Yellow pear is doing well too .Yeah my second squash plant popped up too ... I'm a happy camper and hope to have a beautiful vegetable garden this year .
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Heading to higher ground
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Three photos of the backyard adventure. This is one way to not to have to mow.
The tilling of the sod. Hired done.



Far left is the potato ridge with bags of a softer topsoil lined out to cover the ridge when planted. Rain as to stop first.



The adjoin orchard. Well the holes and topsoil that drains better than the clay soil does here on the plateau.

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Old 04-19-2017, 06:10 AM
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Three photos of the backyard adventure. This is one way to not to have to mow.
The tilling of the sod. Hired done.



Far left is the potato ridge with bags of a softer topsoil lined out to cover the ridge when planted. Rain as to stop first.



The adjoin orchard. Well the holes and topsoil that drains better than the clay soil does here on the plateau.

Cool...can't wait to see your progress
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Old 04-20-2017, 04:11 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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I'm making the call... Telling everyone to plant out early. Jet Stream staying north in Canada and there's no "real" cold shots coming. So without frost or freeze happening next 10 days I think it's safe to say its ok to start transplanting outside (which is early for here). Usually Mothers Day is the safe rule of thumb.


* keep in mind 40s is cold for plants so growth may be slow or stunted. 40s will be happening still
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:43 PM
 
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you all will not believe this but my tomatoe plants of yellow pear and mr stripey have flower buds already . believe me I was not expecting that . I'm glad to see it because it means they are growing very well and for me just to water and fertilize and be done with it .
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:48 AM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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For those that missed it, I'm not doing a garden this year. Taking a break. Only doing a few Tomatoes and Pepper plants.


Hardening off the Tomatoes. Plan to plant them in ground next weekend.







Peppers still under the grow lights inside.


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Old 04-23-2017, 09:46 AM
 
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For those that missed it, I'm not doing a garden this year. Taking a break. Only doing a few Tomatoes and Pepper plants.


Hardening off the Tomatoes. Plan to plant them in ground next weekend.







Peppers still under the grow lights inside.


wow cam one of your babies already has a flower too . Jeeze looks like even the plants are getting an early start on growing . LOL.....yep two of my four tomatoe plants have flowers and flower buds looks like I will be getting early tomatoes I also put out some borage to ward off the hornworm too . it works too .
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The rain needs to ease up. 200 asparagus roots due in tomorrow. 100 strawberry plants due in Thursday along with all the other berries and trees. Some how some way the potatoes are going in today. Lima beans and zipper cream peas can wait till later in may.
almost lost all my tomato plants due to almost 5 inches of rain in 24 hours. I did get them in their containers this morning after church and out of 12 I saved 9. I also got about a 1/2 dozen squash plants in. Then I got to damn tired to do anymore. Tomorrow I will plant my front yard flower pots.

All of your tomato plants look so good guys. I just hope mine did survive. If not, there is still time to plant more, but I really am hoping I don't have to.
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