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RE: Tomatoes! now zucchini


They need to be pollinated, so if you don't have bees you won't get
any...the little proto-squashes will just wither up before they get any
bigger than about finger-size. I have pollinators but occasionally that
happens to mine too, the plants get too big and crowded and the bees
can't find the blossoms. 
I rarely have anything go wrong with them other than squash bugs so I'm
not familiar with other diseases they might get. 

Cyndi 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Donna
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:13 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Tomatoes! now zucchini

speaking of zucchini.....

I don't knowi f it is the heat this year and lack of rain or what...but
they are rotting on the plant before they get big enough to pick (and I
try to pick when really small, not going for world record size)


this never happened before..... no zucchini to eat here...

Donna

----- Original Message ----
From: Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:00:41 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tomatoes!


If you promise to weed...and chase away the rabbits...feed the
chickens...for that matter, I could use someone to feed the sheep and
horses, shovel their output, monitor the sprinklers, mow the lawn - no,
wait, repair the lawn because my dogs found a gopher in the back and now
there's a 3 foot deep hole behind the pond...anyway, plenty to keep you
from being bored between eating tomatoes. Heck you can even eat
zucchini, there's plenty. C'mon over. :-)

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Lynda Young
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 8:21 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Tomatoes!

Oh, Cyndi, can I come live in your tomato patch?  

Lynda
Zone 7 - West Tn

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:59 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Tomatoes!

Tomatoes are ripening, oh happy day. Actually I picked my first few last
week but forgot to mention it. Got five more last night. They're not
dead ripe, but I still have some critters out there and so I'm picking
them a bit earlier than I normally would so nothing samples them.
I am seeing a bit of blossom end rot on one Arkansas Traveller plant,
but nothing anywhere else (at least not yet). This is a complete
turnaround from last year, I must have done something right - I think I
set the watering times longer, like 15 minutes, earlier in the season
but I am not sure about that, I don't keep records of watering times. I
know I did not put anything in the soil this year - usually I will add
some sulphur because our pH tends to be high but I was in a rush this
time.  Since I don't know exactly what I did I can only hope to repeat
it next year.
I'm very happy with the Sun King plants, they have huge tomatoes
ripening earlier than the rest and the plants look great. I'm liking
Sioux as well, I have grown it before and it usually does pretty well.
The plants of Rose look good but there are not as many fruits as the
first two, still what's there is nice and big. Porter Improved and
Arkansas Traveller have some fruit but the plants don't look as good,
some leaf curl and burned edges to the leaves. Grape, the cherry tomato
that's so popular in stores, is a waste of space - sparse foliage and
very little fruit. It may not like my climate. The paste tomatoes aren't
ready yet - I'm growing Saucy, LaRoma II, Super Italian Paste, and one I
can't remember. I have lost one Saucy to something or other, I thought
it was curly top virus, but it didn't quite behave like that.
Anyway I'm quite pleased with them right now. We'll see how things do as
the season progresses.

Cyndi

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