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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 11:34 AM CST
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My Vivia Italia tomatoes are just starting to get ripe. These are a paste tomato better than Romas.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 1:12 PM CST
This year I do have to spray my tomato plants weekly with the Daconil to keep the deseases mostly at bay. Most years I don't need to spray but this year have to spray weekly. Must be a bad year for tomato funguses. I just sprayed them today.
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dave
Aug 7, 2012 1:28 PM CST

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Our tomatoes are long gone but we're hoping to have a fall crop. Our southern peas are in full production mode right now and we are picking about a bushel every day! The sweet peppers are continuing to do well and the habaneros just keep producing.

We recently planted out about 5 different varieties of gourds and the same of winter squashes and pumpkins, plus "indian corn" for a fall crop. If all goes well we will have stuff to bring to the local market for sale. The squash bugs are hitting us hard right now but we are fighting them, as usual, by squishing them and dusting with DE.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 1:53 PM CST
My pepper plants (I only had three) got eaten up by slugs this spring so no peppers for me this year. I don't ever grow cowpeas which I think are what southern peas are. But I do love my Sugar snaps and Snow peas. I have my fall crop of peas already started and growing so I hope I did not plant them too early.

I have never grow summer or winter squash nor eggplant but next year want to try eggplant and zuchinni both.
Name: tabby
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tabby
Aug 7, 2012 5:09 PM CST
Been picking purple bush beans, yellow summer squash and broccoli for a few weeks now. I think the bush beans are about done which is good since the pole beans are really starting to get going. I need to check my corn. I think the earlier variety is ripe now.
Lots of tomatoes and some really nice long corno di toro peppers.

The beets need picking but there's too much else that needs picking first.

The white grape is almost ripe and my spouse has finished his press so we'll be making wine pretty shortly.

The honey bees are really active in the tassels of the later corn and there are lots of squash bees in the squash and pumpkin flowers. I was surprised to learn this year that squash and pumpkins around here have their own species of bee.
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Aug 7, 2012 5:13 PM CST
We got out first tomato yesterday. No diseases, just the odd tomato worm but I leave them be because they turn into hummingbird moths.
We've picked 3 zucchini so far.
The snow peas were a total failure...it got too hot, too quick...the dogs appreciate the snack when they go by the garden though, they love, love, love snow peas.
Picked our first beets too. I love those long carrot shaped beets I got this year.
Peppers are peppering.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 5:16 PM CST
Tabby, sounds like you do grow a lot and a nice selection of veggies. Thumbs up I used to grow beets years ago but honestly they are so cheap canned plus I like the canned ones so I don't bother growing my own any more.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 5:18 PM CST
Lee Anne, how can you leave the hornworms and still have any tomato plant left? They are eating machines!
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threegardeners
Aug 7, 2012 5:24 PM CST
The horn worms are just starting now and we only have 3 more weeks, if we're lucky, of growing season left...what tomatoes that are on the plants is all we're going to get so we don't really need the plant anymore anyways.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 5:34 PM CST
Wow, only three weeks left in the season. We should have tomatoes here all thru August and September.
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threegardeners
Aug 7, 2012 5:37 PM CST
Also, if the horn worms do get outa control I put them on my Nicotiana...they love them as much as they love tomatoes.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 5:46 PM CST
Well, it would freak me out that they are growing up to make the next generation of hornworms. Nope, sorry. I would be destroying them for sure.
Name: tabby
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tabby
Aug 7, 2012 5:48 PM CST
Even my chickens won't touch hornworms. I was surprised.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 7, 2012 5:50 PM CST
Man, I would have thought chickens would be crazy for them!
Name: tabby
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tabby
Aug 8, 2012 12:56 PM CST
Here's a newly picked head of Belstar broccoli out of the garden.


Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 8, 2012 1:07 PM CST
Oh that is so nice. I love brocoli. I will be over as soon as you cook it up! Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious!
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Aug 8, 2012 3:32 PM CST
That looks so nice, Tabby!

I've marked that variety on my "want" list. There's broccoli eaten here everyday, but so far I haven't had much luck in growing it. It sits forever, and then, it bolts.

I saw where you said that you grow this in straight horse manure. Do you have a drip-line setup, with timers? How do you keep them from drying out with no soil? [Did I ask you this before?? Whistling ...seems familiar, somehow. ]
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Name: tabby
denver, colorado zone 5
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tabby
Aug 8, 2012 3:36 PM CST
The broccoli is grown in the large veggie garden bed so it's grown in regular dirt that's been heavily augmented with horse manure for 25 years.
It is watered by a dripper that is on a timer. The broccoli are far enough apart that they each get their own dripper rather than dripline. I use dripline for the row crops such as corn, beats, carrots, peas and beans.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Aug 8, 2012 3:41 PM CST
Thank you so much!

That's what I needed to know. Thumbs up Not maintaining steady moisture is part of my problem, I'm sure.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 8, 2012 4:01 PM CST
I picked lots of tomatoes this morning, which I didn't get pictures of. I had these two really big BEEFMASTERS which I have been watching ripen for a few days now. . Don't know why I didn't take pictures of those as I ment too and they were so nice too. Can't take pictures of them now because I took all the tomatoes I picked along with some of my cucumbers over to my car mechanics shop. I know all the mechanic there and the boss there really takes care of my car and loves tomatoes. So they have plenty to divy up amoung themselves.

But really this is why I need to grow so many tomato plants. I need plenty for me and plenty so I can give them away to friends and neighbors.

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