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Re: Feels like summer

  • Subject: Re: Feels like summer
  • From: Cornergar@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 16:50:21 EDT

Cyndi, Haven't had a problem with blossom end rot since I started putting a 
 handful of crushed eggshells in the bottom of the planting hole. Could be 
a  coincidence I guess, but I'm not going to quit doing it! Kathy
 
 
In a message dated 4/21/2009 2:04:15 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

That's  just what I would expect and why I don't think my husband's idea
is going  to work either. He thinks they will use water more efficiently
because it  will be contained instead of spreading out through the soil.
He sees the  root volume of the plants when we pull the dead ones up
during the winter  and figures that's all he needs to worry about, but I
am sure the root  volume of a dead plant yanked out of the ground is not
the same as a living  plant with all its tiny feeder roots spread through
the soil.
So we'll  see. I have had such problems with blossom end rot on my
tomatoes for the  last few years he may just do better than me  anyway!

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From:  owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of  james singer
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 11:17 AM
To:  gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Feels like summer

I found  that--limited production--true of tomatoes in hanging baskets,
never mind  upside down. Shade is likely part of the problem but so too
is limited soil  volume for root development. Even the famous Patio
tomato requires a fairly  substantial pot size to reach its production
potential.

On Apr 21,  2009, at 9:04 AM, Jesse Bell wrote:

> I will say this...the upside  down ones did not produce much fruit.
> BUT - I
> think it's  because they didn't get enough sun.  They were hanging on
>  our
> back porch.  The ones that I had in BIG clay pots, on the  ground,
> produced a
> lot - and had more sun.  But they were  not the same kind of tomato.
> Guess
> you'd have to do the  experiment type thing, same plant, same location,
> different potting  styles and see what happens.
>
>
>
> On 4/21/09,  holmesbm@usit.net <holmesbm@usit.net> wrote:
>>
>> My  neighbors are trying some this year.  You constantly feed  them
>> with
>> water and fertilizer.  I guess they are  handy for those with
>> porches.  Last
>> year, one of  the same neighbors tried pots.  I gave him a volunteer
>> that  he
>> put in the ground.  The ground one outproduced the  potted.  I am very
>> curious to see how these upside-down ones  do.
>>
>>
>>> [Original Message]
>>>  From: james singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
>>> To:  <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>> Date: 4/21/2009 11:44:46  AM
>>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Feels like  summer
>>>
>>> My thought exactly. I suppose it's  possible... it's just not
>>>  probable.
>>>
>>> On Apr 21, 2009, at 8:18 AM,  Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/
>>> SCOSI  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Are those the upside-down planters?  My sister bought some. I am
>>>> thinking
>>>>  that millions of years of evolution programmed roots to grow  down
>>>> and
>>>> leaves to grow up, so turning  it over would be a setback...but if
>>>>  people
>>>> have fun with it all the  better.
>>>>
>>>>  Cyndi
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>  -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net  [mailto:owner-
>>>> gardenchat@hort.net] On
>>>>  Behalf Of Betsy Kelson
>>>> Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:25  AM
>>>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>>>> Subject:  Re: [CHAT] Feels like summer
>>>>
>>>> Well  Cyndi,
>>>>       I have found that folks  are just crazy for tomatoes and
>>>> will  do
>>>> anythng for them. This is the first year that we  carried Topsy
>>>> Turvy
>>>>  Tomato
>>>> planters(AS SEEN ON TV) Folks can buy them on QVC,  at Home Depot,
>>>> and at
>>>>  our
>>>> garden center. And at $15 a pop, we have had to do  little to
>>>> promote
>>>>  them.
>>>> Funny!!!
>>>>     My sunday was not as pleasant as yours though. DH and  I
>>>> shoveled
>>>> away 31" of heavy snow on  the driveway and in front of the
>>>> garage.  It
>>>> only
>>>> took us 4 hours in the sun. It  should be in the 60's here during
>>>> the
>>>>  week.
>>>>
>>>> Hang on Spring isn't over yet in  the Rockies
>>>>
>>>> betsy
>>>>  evergreen co 31 degrees at 6am
>>>> ----- Original Message  -----
>>>> From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95  CS/SCOSI"
>>>>  <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
>>>> To:  <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>>> Sent: Monday, April 20, 2009  5:26 PM
>>>> Subject: [CHAT] Feels like  summer
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> It was  a very short while ago I was complaining about being  cold.
>>>>> Someone turned up the thermostat, because now  we're getting
>>>>> temps in
>>>>  the
>>>>> 90s. Ah spring, can't make up its mind what to  do.
>>>>> Saturday we rode with a group we just joined, a  longish ride
>>>>> through
>>>>> some  hills to a local restaurant. Never been there before,  very
>>>>> horsey
>>>>> area obviously  since the place has several hitching rails outside.
>>>>  Nice
>>>>> weather. Fewer wildflowers than I expected to  see, it is already
>>>> getting
>>>>> too dry  for them. Ceanothus is in bloom though, I wish it  would
>>>>> grow
>>>>  in
>>>>> my garden.
>>>>> Sunday was even  hotter. I pulled the row cover off the peas and
>>>>>  the
>>>> bed
>>>>> of lettuce and spinach.  Peas are looking pretty good. Lettuce and
>>>>> spinach,  what's there looks good but the germination is spotty. I
>>>>  always
>>>>> wonder why I get the kinds of germination I do.  I'll have one row
>>>> where
>>>>> half of it  doesn't germinate, other rows where every seed comes
>>>>>  up,
>>>>> or
>>>>> spots maybe 12 inches  long where there's nothing. I wonder if it's
>>>>> insects,  ants maybe.
>>>>> I dithered about planting beans right up  until the point where I
>>>> opened
>>>>> the  seed cabinet and discovered I have no bean seeds. Okay  no
>>>>> beans.
>>>>> I'll fill out the  beds with more tomato plants, I was only going
>>>>>  to
>>>> put
>>>>> in five but ten will be  better.  Husband is experimenting with his
>>>>> tomato  plants too, he's got a number of largish buckets and  put
>>>>> drain
>>>>> holes in them and  buried them. I think his idea is to fill them
>>>>>  with
>>>>> dirt and that moisture-retaining crystal stuff,  plant the
>>>>> tomatoes in
>>>>> them,  and they will take less water than conventional planting.  I
>>>> think
>>>>> it won't work like he  thinks but I'll watch with interest.
>>>>> I'll have roses  in bloom within a week. Iris are starting,
>>>>>  daffodils
>>>> are
>>>>> gone, lilacs are  almost gone, weeds are rampant.  I need time to
>>>>>  pull
>>>>>  weeds!
>>>>>
>>>>>  Cyndi
>>>>>
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>>>
>>>  Inland Jim
>>> Willamette Valley
>>> 44.99 N 123.04  W
>>> Elevation 148'
>>> 39.9"  Precipitation
>>> Hardiness Zone 8/9
>>> Heat Zone  5
>>> Sunset Zone 6
>>> Minimum 0 F [-15  C]
>>> Maximum 102 F [39  C]
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> Jesse R.  Bell
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Inland  Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
39.9"  Precipitation
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum  0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 102 F [39  C]

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