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11-19-2015 08:26 AM
jocoyn I just went as long as I could, am ripening the rest on the dining room table, and those too unripe will become fried green tomatoes
11-19-2015 12:21 AM
ploss Does anybody know of a good way to protect a veggie garden against cold nights/light frosts? In the desert southwest this year, the hot temperatures seemed to last forever this year. This gave my tomatoes a chance to get a "second wind" and my plants are covered with ping pong ball size green tomatoes. Suddenly, the weather has gotten a little nippy, in the high thirties at night and I am afraid they are going to keep dropping. In the past I have tried covering plants with blankets, but it hasn't worked very well for me. I've thought about trying to use xmas lights wrapped around the plants but that seems like a major pain...but I am willing to give it a try if it will work!

I am open to any suggestions if anyone has a method that they have used with good success or even one you have heard about that might work!
08-21-2015 03:18 PM
carmspack this might be of interest to you already thinking post harvest getting the SOIL ready for next years planting.

doing research -- it seems to be that no matter where you look , we all got wooed by "science" and resorted to chemicals --- whether soil, or food synthetic vitamins and minerals sprayed on after processing , and it isn't working.

doesn't matter what you pour in or on, if those enzymes aren't there , you have no biologic activity .

I made a comment weeks ago about enjoying food from soil amended with minerals and compost being more satisfying , eating less , because the body's needs are met.
In kibbled food you take a product which may have had some nutritional value , which has changed by processing, then sprayed or mixed with synthetic vitamin and mineral premixes which can't be absorbed and you have a product that meets caloric needs but leaves them starving , begging, scarfing down the food . Just as when you have an "Empty Harvest" you will want to eat and eat and eat because the needs haven't been met and the body craves nutrition. As one of my book titles says "Stuffed and Starved" at the same time !

So for your gardens for the next year Tainio Technology & Technique, Inc:about
08-15-2015 07:39 PM
jocoyn My garden is in the wild and uncontrollable stage. The girls holding the big melon on my two granddaughters holding a cushaw that we had to harvest early because it's split. The other shot is an overview of the garden itself. It's much happier now or temperatures are no longer in the mid to high 90's and they're back down to the high 80s to low 90 and everybody has started producing again.... sorry about the rotation you know phone upload
08-15-2015 06:07 PM
Saphire I could never grow tomatoes in the ground as yes Gus would eat them sooooo I grew mine in upside down planters in my deck 😆
08-15-2015 05:54 PM
carmspack lol "I WILL feed the rodent that dares touch my beautiful tomatoes to Gus!"

what if it IS Gus , the tomato loving (go figure) GSD that is enjoying them.

I had our vet friend (Vicki) visit and she was impressed by the size and weight of the yellow striped orange heirlooms. 5 big ones ready to go. Next morning 2 and a bit.
Difficult year in the garden. Basil grown in the open got ruined by cold. Basil grown against a sunny south wall (heat retaining) same location as the heat loving tomatoes did well.
Beans which I looked forward to , the Gold Marie , chipmunk nipped the main stem an inch or two from the soil level. The first time I saw the shriveled leaves I put it down to being sensitive to cold . When they didn't recover I had a closer look. Grrr. Restarted bean seeds more than once . Took what I could and the rest I let go to seed for next years increase.
08-15-2015 03:54 PM
Nigel Flippin tree rat doesn't like peanut butter appearently. I wouldn't mind if it occasionally took a tomato or strawberry, but it likes to take one bite of just about everything. When it does this to the pumpkins it kills them. We don't have any that are of size this year.
08-15-2015 01:24 PM
Saphire I WILL feed the rodent that dares touch my beautiful tomatoes to Gus!
I had an amazing cabbage plant but it got some cabbage worms omg gross.
08-15-2015 01:20 PM
carmspack lol - just the other day I was proudly showing off my pineapple tomatoes , a heritage variety that I have been waiting for . 5 beauties . Decided to let it go till the morning - to get some warm sun on them and give them that extra day.
Bah . Chipmunks. Only 2 left on the plant and one on the floor , half eaten. I took the one on the floor for a seed recovery , used the other two in a potato salad.

I have the healthiest chipmunks in the area.
08-15-2015 12:39 PM
Nigel Any ideas on bait for trapping squirrels? I have two live traps, peanut butter in one, was thinking about sunflower seeds in the other? We have a squirrel that likes to take a bite from just about everything. You'd think he'd know by now he doesn't like some things, but he/she bites them anyways.
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