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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
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    Default Who's got tomatoes? Not the squirels!

    I have three plants that were planted on March 21st. Two are Cherokee purples, and one is a Bradley. I decided to go with Heirlooms this year. One of the CP's developed this fruit about a week after planting.



    Last year, I got tired of feeding the squirels so I devised and built this to protect them.



    Although last year was so hot so early, and the crop was nearly non exsistent, I lost not one fruit to little tree rats.

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    So, how are your gardens doing?
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
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    Hampden, MA
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabinetmaker View Post
    So, how are your gardens doing?
    Just got mine started yesterday.

    First time since moving up north, will be interesting to see how it goes.
    FBJ

  3. #3
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    March 21 is a pretty risky planting date on any normal year. April 15th is the standard frost free date.

    Last year I planted on the 15th and then for the next 2 weeks overnight lows hit the lower 40s and stunted the plants growth. Immediately after that, daytime highs hit upper 90s, and no fruit is ever produced in those temps.

    This year I started palnting on 4/16, and finished when some specialty plants that I ordered came in the 1st week of May.

    34 plants total, all but 4 of them heirloom. those Cherokee's are just about the best mater to grow in N.E.Oklahoma.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Chandler, AZ
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    Here is what some of what I've started;







    Not all tomatoes, some peppers.
    Mark Crigler

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrig View Post
    Here is what some of what I've started;







    Not all tomatoes, some peppers.
    Have more than we can eat. Some will be made into sauce this week. Another week and I think this crop is over. Need to start new plants about the first of August for fall crop.

  6. #6
    SmokyOkie Guest

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    Been picking 4 or 5 a dy since it got hot out. Now the question is whether or not I can get them ripe before the sun cooks them.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Florida
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    Better to fry 'em in cast iron that let the sun do it.
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  8. #8
    SmokyOkie Guest

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    Good point!

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