Southwest Gardening forum: pretty in pink

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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Feb 28, 2010 10:32 PM CST
So much talk about tomatoes I thought I'd give it a try this year.
Better Boy.
1 gal. planted with organic soil and my dirt. Do you like my pretty pink cages? Ridiculously pricey but I liked them!

I must say that after I got these in the ground I realized they are in the line of lawn sprinklers. Not to worry... I rarely use them. Lawn seems to do just fine. Go figga. Confused

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Feb 28, 2010 11:11 PM CST
Well, you picked a good one for your first time. Better Boy is a hybrid mid-season tomato that has some disease resistance built in. It is an indeterminate plant that will typically produce fairly large crops of fruit up to 1 pound. I grew a Better Boy the first year I was in Arizona and it started off the season like gangbusters. Then it got hot...and I didn't know at the time what was wrong with the plant. Still growing but no more tomatoes. So I pulled it and went on to other things.

I can't believe how naive I was about growing vegetables in a desert climate. I soon realized that I was spoiled growing vegetables in Northern California. I thought I was a pretty good vegetable gardener born from years of experience. Now I realize that I was blessed with incredible soil, excellent water and outstanding weather. Nobody that put any effort at all into to it could miss with those resources.

Anyway Susie, keep us posted on your progress and if you need any help there are several of us here that may be able to help you out.
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Mar 1, 2010 8:30 AM CST
I'll surely keep you posted!
Dan, remember all of those huge trucks in Sacto hauling the tomatoes to canneries? How funny the roads looked during picking season. Tomatoes strewn everywhere?
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Runs_With_Scissors
Mar 7, 2010 7:37 PM CST
Have you gone mad! <B>PINK? Thumbs up
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 7, 2010 8:21 PM CST
Tons of tomatoes laying on the road shoulders...especially at the intersections where the trucks tilted a little as they went around the corner.
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Mar 7, 2010 8:41 PM CST
Anyone see this '78 flick besides me?
cracked me up! It's about living in Sacramento during tomato picking season.
http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi179831065/

I don't know if IMDB clips work but we'll find out soon
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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Mar 10, 2010 11:58 PM CST
Susie, did you know that Clooney starred in The Return of the Killer Tomatoes? Probably not a film he talks up much, you think!
Alma
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Mar 11, 2010 8:13 AM CST
Ha! I didn't know that, Alma!
I can't stand George Clooney. Right up there with Tom Cruise. ... Ask Judyb.
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Name: Susie
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Aguane
Apr 22, 2010 7:59 PM CST
Today I took a pic of my too Bad Boys. The one on the left gets less sun than the one on the right. About 15 sets of viable tomatoes. The one on the right gets more sun and has about 5 viable set tomatoes. They get the same water. No leaves are touching the ground. Planted the same day. The one on the right did well in the beginning but has pooped out. I was thinking of replacing it but I kinda want to see what happens to it.

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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 23, 2010 9:07 AM CST
Aguane said: I was thinking of replacing it but I kinda want to see what happens to it.


Oh Oh...the 1st symptoms of becoming a compulsive tomato grower. :o)
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Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ (Zone 9a)
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Aguane
Apr 23, 2010 2:15 PM CST
I thought I felt something coming on. Glad it's identified quickly. Thanks, Dan!
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Apr 25, 2010 2:23 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘...Holy Crap ...What a ride!'

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