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Re: tomato disease

  • Subject: Re: tomato disease
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:04:37 -0500

Auralie, I am sorry for "scolding" you, but that was not my intention. I try to show different points of view when I write. I try to suggest alternative ideas and include reasons why they might be employed. Although I do notice that I sometimes take a negative approach to many things in life, I usually try to take the half FULL glass approach when it comes to gardening. It is my refuge, so when adverse conditions arise, I look for a silver lining. I enjoy any bit of wildlife that enters my sanctum, even when they cause me trouble, because I know they have few other places to turn. I do know you have a much more difficult wildlife situation than I do, but it sounds similar to what Marge endured, and she found ways to live with it and lift her spirits. Rather than scolding you, I wanted to help you look at things the way she did.

Regardless of my intentions, it is clear that I've offended you and I do apologize for that.

I have a lot of chippies myself this year but Seamus seems to be helping with that; I find a chipmunk tail here and there every once in awhile. The tail must have less flavor than the rest of it. But still I have certain areas that they destroy. The main spot is in a raised bed that is built up with rocks. I kept plugging the holes with soil, mulch, rocks, but they'd always find a way through it or around it. A few weeks ago I found the cure. Scoopable litter patties. I scooped the round moistened pattie of litter from the pan, dropped it into a baggie and went out to that spot. Turned the bag inside out, plopping the pattie over the hole. I nudged another into the rock entryway. The chippies haven't gone near that bed ever since. I froze a pattie to take to a friend to try as she has a terrible time with them. If it works for her, I may have to start up a little side business. Although I'm not sure if I can get my guys to increase production by much.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] tomato disease

Hope your mother's surgery was successful, and that things ease up a bit
for you soon, Donna
My tomato plants don't seem to have the blight, but aren't growing at all
well.  I had blamed it on the weather, which has been unusually cool and
damp.  Early trees and shrubs bloomed well, as did the peonies, but newly
planted things don't seem to be growing much. My beans are up but not
showing much growth.  Most of what I planted this year just did not come
up at all.  Squash, cucumbers, sunflowers, morning glories, and various
other annuals just never came up.  I am sure that the plague of chipmunks
are responsible.  I have found husks of squash and sunflower seeds near
where they were planted.  I started some indoors in peat pots, but when I
set them out on the screened porch to harden off, they were all broken
off and destroyed by the chipmunks that run in and out.  I have never seen
so many of them as we have this year - never considered them a real
problem until now. Kitty scolded me a few years ago for saying I was
losing the battle with nature, but more and more I seem not to be holding
my own. Oh well.

In a message dated 7/3/2009 8:35:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:

Seen this article on tomatoes this morning and thought some may be
in it.  Guessing I should go out and check mine.  DH has been in charge
my mother had surgery on Tuesday as there isn't any daylight time between
and visiting her.

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