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Old 07-21-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Lovely photos Jim, what a great garden. I like the idea of an automated sprinkling system but I get so much pleasure from just standing outside in the evening watering the garden.
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I wish if I know how post pics like these. I seem not being able to follow the instructions that are posted. My simple mind doesn't want to get it.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:19 AM
 
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I'm growing Green Zebra tomatoes this year for the first time. Can anyone give me some tips on how to know when they are ripe? There are tons of tomatoes on the 7' tall plant, but nothing seems to feel ripe yet and all are green and stripey. I've never had a green zebra tomato before, so I'm not sure what a ripe one looks or feels like!
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I planted my first heirloom this year as well, black krim, and I can't tell when it's ready either. The pics says it should be dark red almost black but I picked couple when they were still pink because their skin started to split and they were soft to the touch.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:06 AM
 
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One felt soft, so I picked it the other day. Tasted a little unripe. Noticed this morning that one is has turned more of a yellowy green, going to pick that tonight or tomorrow and taste test that one.

I wanted to try Black Krim or Cherokee Purple, but was unable to find any at the plant sale I went to. They were already sold out. Boo! Maybe next year. I do have a purple plum tomato, the shoulders stay green, the rest gets a dark reddish purple. Taste is pretty good. I'm noticing though, that the color is getting darker as the season progresses, perhaps it'll be the same with the Black Krim?
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: S.E. US
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I planted my small garden Memorial Day, due to a cold spring, and now the weather has warmed and it seems to be doing well. It's in a raised bed with an automatic irrigation system. Picked zucchini, snow peas, snap beans already and waiting on the tomatoes, peppers and squash to get ripe.
Your garden looks wonderfully rich and healthy! How did you design your watering system? is it via pipes underground?
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I have couple Black Krim getting a very light pink shade, I really would love to see it get darker than that but with the heat, I know the skin will split like the others. I also noticed that the "shoulders" on all my tomatoes remain green, hope it's not something I do.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Your garden looks wonderfully rich and healthy! How did you design your watering system? is it via pipes underground?
Thank you. Got everything from Ace Hardware here, that plastic pipe stuff buried in the soil, then those small pipes you plug into it, then drip heads on those all on a timer. It's connected to the irrigation system here, which is runoff from a cattle ranch so the water doesn't cost me a dime.

I picked these this morning for supper tonight. Now if my tomatoes would just ripen!

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Old 07-26-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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OMG guys! Squash borers got most of my zukes. I am ok with that since I ate a lot of zucchini but I have three pumpkins, and it looks like the borers have eaten their stems as well! The pumpkins are solid orange, but I'm not sure what to do. It is my first time growing pumpkins. Should I just leave them on the vine until it dies or what?
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thank you. Got everything from Ace Hardware here, that plastic pipe stuff buried in the soil, then those small pipes you plug into it, then drip heads on those all on a timer. It's connected to the irrigation system here, which is runoff from a cattle ranch so the water doesn't cost me a dime.

I picked these this morning for supper tonight. Now if my tomatoes would just ripen!
that looks really yummy.

Nita
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