Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.
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Got the first ripe tomato. Still May -- not a bad job if I do say so myself. Ironically it's from a rejected plant that I'd just stuck in a spare pot and neglected. The thing fell over and is growing on the ground; the picture is of the bottom of the tomato.
Growing them in containers is totally different than in the ground. I could have gotten them significantly earlier if I'd recognized that you don't have to prune and plant deeply like you do with in-ground plantings. No disease or pests, automatic watering--consider me a convert.
Dang, ripe tomato's already? Nice work! I don't expect to get any ripe ones until July, at the earliest.
We planted some tomatoes and jalapenos over the weekend, also in containers. Our neighborhood has been invaded by lubber grasshoppers. I am doing my best to keep them out of the yard and away from the garden. So far they seem to be gravitating to the bamboo. I didn't know grasshoppers could hiss
I don't think I've gotten a single tomato in at least two years. I only have a couple raised plots but even my parents, who have about an acres worth of vegetables have said that their tomatoes have been awful the past few years.
This year all my efforts are going towards beans, peas, spinach, and peppers - all items I've had much more success with since I've had my own garden.
On the landscaping side of things, which I what I enjoy much more, I transplanted a few azaleas over the weekend. I had planted 6 of them a few years ago and they did great the first year but then never did much after that. One of them died outright and except for one other, the rest would take forever to get new leaves each spring and barely flower at all. I did some research and found that the spots I planted them in were probably the worst possible spots for them - apparently they do not like to be under maple trees in particular, no matter how much sunlight or water they get. We'll see if they do any better in their new spots going forward.
Next year I'm going to put them on a cart in the garage under a light. On good days I'll roll it out and keep it inside at night. A bit of work but worth it for the head start, I guess. I bet I could get them by early May next year.
That tomato is a "celebrity," which is an early but not super-early variety. Next year I'm going to try the "Fourth of July" hybrid which every seems to like for early tomatoes.
I have a greenhouse in the winter, but the conditions are so extreme that I can't really grow tomatoes in it. Bromeliads are happy in 100-degree days, 35 degree nights, with no air circulation and once-a-month watering. Vegetables not so much.
You hear about genetically modified tomatoes all the time, but as far as I know nobody sells them. That's a shame, because I'd definitely grow a glow-in-the-dark tomato if I could.
I planted a Fourth of July tomato this year, first I've ever seen them around here. We'll see how she does, I'd be floored if it actually started producing before July 4th.
Didn't have much to do today, so decided to drag a ping pong table out of the basement, and put it in the garage (tired of it taking up space in my workshop). Slipped while bringing it up the stairs, gouging the drywall.
Fixed the gouge and then decided I would use the opportunity to do away with a lot of what I missed the first time around when painting the stairwell (I'm much improved In smoothing drywall currently).
...wrapping up the second coat of paint right now,
A couple nights ago I made my first trip of the spring up onto the roof to clean the gutters and found a section of my roof that was noticeably falling in and feels like it's about to collapse. I haven't gotten any water damage below that section but it seems like the winter was more brutal than I knew. Oh well. I know I have a couple other spots that needed some repair up there so the roofers will be getting a call.
There are a few jobs around the house that I am horrible at and I hate doing (namely painting). Roofing is a job that I am horrible at but I don't actually mind doing. However, I know this job is well beyond my abilities and I would probably just make it worse if I attempted it myself.
May seems like a good time to figure out what tomatoes to grow next year. I am also going to try the Brandy Boy hybrid, which seems to be very well-received. Any thoughts or suggestions? I'm not actually averse to heirlooms, but when you're only growing a limited number of plants more vigorous ones make a big difference.
Where do you find Monsanto Godzilla tomato seeds?
I don't really care for tomatoes, but I think it would be awesome to show up to a potluck with a plate full of sliced tomatoes, w/ olive oil, pepper and salt, and wait till after all the pseudo hippy, non-science knowing liberals eat them up to tell them all about how I grew these magical tomatoes-Monsanto Tomatoes.
Sounds sooo fun!
In a similar vein, I gave away a bunch of my extra plants, including one to a yuppie lawyer. She was really proud of her tomatoes but crushed when I explained why they weren't "organic." Shoulda used chicken shit and ground up animal parts instead of miracle gro, honey!
Also saw this recently, where the author explains how a popular "natural" weed killer organic growers use is actually far more toxic than roundup.
This part is also fun:
After I get my bar install done think I'm going to research central vac units and get that done. Then maybe in the fall the wine storage installation I want.
Turk, no heirloom tomatoes? I'm leery about various things like the heirloom movement, biodynamics, organic, etc. but I have to tell you I've had some damn tasty heirloom tomatoes (and beans for that matter). Intense flavour, maximal meat and minimal gush-gel. The perfect tomato IMO.
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