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    Picked my first tomato...

    Mon May 14, 2012 1:03 pm Groupie
    ...and ate it yesterday. A Patio plant in a pot. Would have been unthinkable in NY State! icon_biggrin.gif
    Tue May 15, 2012 5:08 pm
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    How exciting!! We are still in the (tiny) green tomato stage so it will be awhile. Worth the wait though ~ yes?
    Wed May 16, 2012 9:50 pm Groupie
    Yes, going to be a long wait for the next one, though!
    Thu May 17, 2012 12:28 pm Groupie
    I started my tomato plants late. This is my first year growing a garden! There are two tiny tomatoes though!!
    Thu May 17, 2012 4:51 pm
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    Just planted a tomato in a planter - I should be able to plant in garden, but the ground is too dry to finish clearing out the weeds.

    Planted my potatoes. Bought potato planting tubs at the garden center - they were quite enthusiastic.
    Mon May 21, 2012 12:14 pm Groupie
    How large are they tubs and what sort of yield can you expect? Are sweet potatoes a possibility?
    Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:39 pm Groupie
    I just picked my second tomato. Three more should be ready soon - a new variety called cherokee purple that I'm trying. I'm disappointed because several of them are cracking near the stem. My determinates have lots of green ones on them, can't wait till they ripen.

    I also picked my first handful of greenbeans today. Unfortunately my pole beans didn't climb except for one. I have no idea why not. I think we didn't get the fertilizers right this year.

    Love fresh produce - hate mosquito's!!!
    Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:16 pm Groupie
    Purple Cherokee is my all-time fsavorite. Jealousy is rearing its ugly head! The birds are getting any almost-ripe fruits I have now, but they at least leave the grape tomatoes alone and they are cranking right now.
    Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:06 pm
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    Zeldaz wrote:
    How large are they tubs and what sort of yield can you expect? Are sweet potatoes a possibility?

    Maybe 30 inches high and about the circumference of my arms held out in a circle. The deal with potatoes is that they need to be hilled. So you put in some soil, put in the seed potato and let it start growing. Once it's up about 6 inches, you put in more soil, let it grow, put in more soil, etc. Now it's just a few inches from the top but the potatoes are a foot about that and starting to bloom. The potatoes will form the length of the tub (which is a plastic fabric material, with slits to permit drainage - I;ll see if I can find a picture). The tub should collapse easily for storage.

    I don't think sweet potatoes need to be hilled, they are a vine, aren't they?
    Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:18 am
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    This is what I bought - I only used one of them this year. The man at the garden store recommended it, said many people had great success with it.

    Hah, probably would not have bought them had I seen these reviews. I did find putting the plastic strip a pain, ended up going in the opposite direction to get it in. I can imagine it will not last more than a few seasons, since the plasticized fabric is not that sturdy. A better alternative is to take an older garbage can, drill drainage holes in it and do the same.

    I also put one potato in a plastic half-barrel type of container, but later and probably not deep enough, we'll see what that does.
    Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:14 am Groupie
    How lucky you are!!! Congrats!

    I have 2 Black Krim, a Beefsteak and a dying Mr. Stripey. Everyone has blooms and fruit BUT the Mr. Stripey. . . ????

    3 yrs ago I planted grape and Juliet.. also 2 yrs ago, threw yellow grape seeds down.. guess what? they come back every year! WOW!

    Nowhere near ready to pick yet here, tho it's been hotter than hell for wks and wks!

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