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07-21-2014 03:00 PM
jocoyn I got my garden in late so I have had one tomato and a bunch on the plants ripening.
Right now the ones on the first Roma plant are starting to ripen.
07-21-2014 02:34 PM
Juliem24 Tomatoes?

I'm waiting patiently, but we've had a cool wet summer so far and I have only 6 little green tomatoes ....this has been a strange year for weather here in northern Illinois.
However, Audrey the whatever is going gangbusters..

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07-17-2014 05:39 AM
jocoyn Milky Spore (you can even buy that at lowes) is an organic choice......they overwinter in the lawn as grubs and this takes care of that. ....I had heard the same thing about the bags.
07-16-2014 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
jocoyn - do you get these flying beetles? We call them Japanese beetles here. They are munching on my herbs that are in planters on my deck I have a beetle bag out (Lowes) but they are still coming.

I learned the hard way that the beetle bags really really attract them, and from a long way away. ..(if you have a cranky neighbor, put the bait bag in their yard...) if you're going the organic route, I had some luck with soapy water spray. I picked them off and drowned them.
07-16-2014 01:48 PM
jocoyn It appears the link to my facebook pictures does not work. Here are some recent pictures of my garden

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07-16-2014 12:04 PM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Those photos are just lovely!

Thank you, after my daughter dropped our regular camera for the millionth time, to the point you had to hold the battery door to take a picture LOL, I bought a Nikon DSR, DLSR, I don't know, it was the only camera that was coloured, it's a pretty dark red. I give it credit, I have a crappy eye!

My daughter planted morning glory seeds this spring, we transplanted two plants, they didn't have flowers on them this morning, but they are the palest periwinkle blue when they bloom. I gotta try and get better shots of them.

I also just figured out why I don't have any black raspberries - a certain adorable Saint Bernard has been eating them! I just caught her in the raised garden! I thought it was birds, everyday, a few are just ready to turn black and the next day, they are gone.
07-16-2014 10:48 AM
jocoyn I think the better boys and beefsteaks are indeterminate tomatoes which bear until frost and generally run on long vines. Best to support on tall stakes - limit it to 2 or 3 per plant and everything else that grows out leaf wise gets nipped.

Difference between Determinate and Indeterminate Tomatoes | Tomato Geek

Those photos are just lovely!
07-16-2014 09:58 AM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Yep those are the ones . We used them for our fencing in our battle w/ the deer for the garden .Im definitely using cattle panels next year.
07-16-2014 09:55 AM
Originally Posted by Daisy&Lucky's Mom View Post
If you want to stabilize the cage you could try adding two wooden tomatoe stakes or a metal fence post,the kind at tractor supply. I have a buddyy at work who uses cattle panel and the metal fence post to make his own cages that can handle monster plants.

Thanks, that's what I was thinking! I was going to try the large electric fence stakes, the ones you step on, they have the little hooks that support the fence - I used them last year to put a netted fence around the garden to keep critters and dogs out.
07-16-2014 09:49 AM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
What kind of tomatoes do you have? Determinate, Indeterminate.......(or the named variety)

Indeterminates you normally stake and trim to 1 or 2 leaders but determinates you let grow....Tomatoes are pretty tolerant of heavy pruining though.

I didn't grow these from seed, so I'm not sure, I bought them from a friend at a plant sale - and if you have never attended a plant sale with a three year old. Anyways, they are named varieties, I thing Better Boy and early and maybe beefstake. The plants I grew from seed made a tasty dinner for the chipmunks and rabbits. These already have a couple of smaller cages around them - to thwart the critters, who despite their destructive nature, I enjoy in my yard.

And just for fun, because I had the camera out...

My pride and joy, one of three morning glory plants I have, this is an annual and he's a strong plant, grows like crazy every year and completely covers the fence he's against.

I don't know where the heck these came from - the chipmunks and squirrels have been helping with the gardening this year...

They are growing against my fenceline, we removed a bunch of dirt and build a raised bed against the fence, I was planning on planting some grapes to grow on the fence and discovered several raspberry canes!

This last picture is the fate of all my hot pink petunias LOL. Honey bees are thriving here, obviously. I planted white impatiens in containers with hot pink petunias, now I have mottled blush petunias and all white petunias!

I have 3 cukes in three different locations, two are thriving, one is a bit slower and a pumpkin! I didn't plant pumpkin LOL. None of my sunflowers are growing, thank you squirrels!

My oregano, rosemary and parsley are safe, I've got them potted and hopefully can bring them in for the winter.
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