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Old 07-09-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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Dopo I'm working on my grass too. Put in 4 pallets of zoysia in March, fortunately just before a big rain. Despite 2 full weeks of no water in the worst of the heat, it's doing ok. Now it's just in survival mode with 1x/weekly watering, but am pretty sure it'll be fine. Last year put in 2 pallets of bermuda in another area that's mostly happy. Still trying to get my shadow turf that I put in April 2008 to fill in, but at least it's moving. Yes, I have 3 different types of grass on my lot, due to differing shade/sun conditions. The strip near the street that the city planted when they did the sidewalks with half bermuda/half St A is awful. I think I'm going to rip it out and do more xeriscaping there. Eventually I want the backyard to be all garden/raised beds, but I have to get the gardening trick down right. I need my dad here

I don't know of any classes, but maybe the TAMU extension offers some? That'd be a great idea. I read a lot of books and live on gardenweb forums (and have always done some gardening, just in different climates), but it's not the same.
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Wexford PA / Clear Lake TX
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Hmm, I don't think you can overheat tomatoes if you give them enough water. Also keeping one plant in one 5 gallon bucket full of potting soil & perlite (4:1 ratio) helps keep soil bugs out. Flood it every day and mist the leaves every day, too. Twice a day is even better.

Use organic garden lime to sweeten the soil every time you feed.

The best food I've found is this stuff:
NutriStar 12-14-11 Vegetable Garden Food
Only available in small nurseries in Texas.

You can add a dash of sulfate of potash at every feeding as well.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:03 PM
 
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I *thought* you didn't want to overwater tomato plants? I was told to water every 3 days or so. Stick your finger in the soil down to the first knuckle and if it's still damp, don't water.

That being said, my plants bombed this year. My first time planting in Texas. I had two huge, gorgeous plants that the squirrels kept getting (even around my chicken wire) and then the plant just seemed to wither up and die. So did my gorgeous, long pumpin vines, watermelons, beans, peppers....

Obviously, not doing something...or many things...right!!
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I'm not actually trying to get rid of it. I have enough areas around my yard to fill in, so it'd be put to use if I don't use it for the beds. That is a good idea to mix it though. Also good to know it takes awhile to get adjusted. I'll remember that as I get through the first few plantings.
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Hmmm. Well, I didn't add any fertilizer at all. So it's either what was already in the compost or what was in the soil.
If you didn't add any fertilizer at all then it was probably low on everything instead of high on nitrogen. Especially low on phosphorous.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: AGRESTIC
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I love home grown tomatoes. I hesitate to post cause I've been slacking lately but I think heavy mulch is the key, you really don't need to water all the time if you mulch heavy.

I purchased some old railroad ties and built a raised bed in a corner of my yard. I bought some nice top soil from Fertile Garden and tilled it in deep with a rented Honda tiller from Lowes. I bagged my lawn and used this to mulch heavily.

Results were great, I was in heaven with BLT's and what not.









Note: Girl friends son at the time in pics.

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Old 07-09-2009, 12:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I *thought* you didn't want to overwater tomato plants? I was told to water every 3 days or so. Stick your finger in the soil down to the first knuckle and if it's still damp, don't water.

That being said, my plants bombed this year. My first time planting in Texas. I had two huge, gorgeous plants that the squirrels kept getting (even around my chicken wire) and then the plant just seemed to wither up and die. So did my gorgeous, long pumpin vines, watermelons, beans, peppers....

Obviously, not doing something...or many things...right!!
Container plants do require more water due to the fact that they have captive root systems that only get what water or food that is in the container and if it is draining properly will lose it's water and nutrients pretty quickly. Plants in the ground will drown if the soil around them is always saturated with water.
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:59 PM
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Location: Ohio
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My raised-bed heirloom tomato plants did worse this year than any of the last 5 years. The bed is well drained and I couldn't keep them wet enough to keep them alive. I gave up and pulled them out about 2 weeks ago. I don't want to think about what my cost-per-tomato was this year.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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I had one cherry tomato plant in one of those topsy turvy things (thanks dad). I harvested less than ten tomatoes (maybe even just 5). One of them was the size of a pea .
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I never tried the Topsy Turvy things but my 2 cherry tomato plants kept a kitchen colander full through the entire season. And those plants, IMO, did terrible this year. The varieties were Black Cherry and Large Red Cherry.
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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Wahh!! This thread makes me very depressed. What in the world is wrong with all my plants? I really think a fungus got them all...or is it just the heat?
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