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Tomato Planting Guide
The How Do Gardener ^ | 03/26/2014 | Rick Bickling

Posted on 04/09/2014 5:23:43 AM PDT by orsonwb

Tomato planting guide with state specific recommended varieties and planting dates...

(Excerpt) Read more at howdogardener.com ...


TOPICS: Gardening
KEYWORDS: gardening; survival; tomato; tomatoes
Just planted several Celebrity tomato plants. Hopefully we're done with freezes here in Texas.
1 posted on 04/09/2014 5:23:43 AM PDT by orsonwb
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To: orsonwb

Planting in the Manzano’s of NM. Plant on Memorial Day and there’s still a 10% chance frost will kill them.


2 posted on 04/09/2014 5:27:33 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: orsonwb

ping for wife’s review.


3 posted on 04/09/2014 5:30:48 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: orsonwb


4 posted on 04/09/2014 5:31:54 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: orsonwb

We planted Tumbling Tom Yellow, Rutgers, Husky Cherry and Patio. We mostly grow ours in pots but we have 2 extra Rutgers that we are going to try sticking in the ground.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 5:32:44 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: orsonwb

Here in Pennsylvania it is a gamble to plant before Mothers Day. With the winter we’ve had even that might be too soon! Here’s a good tomato planting tip if you are using starter plants 6” or so; trim all but the top leaves and bury them deep, with 80% or so of the plant in the dirt. The stem will turn into a nice root system.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 5:32:53 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: orsonwb; greeneyes

Garden thread ping.


7 posted on 04/09/2014 5:33:01 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: jdsteel

... and bury them deep...

and crush a TUMS and throw it into the planting hole. The extra calcium prevents blossom end rot.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 5:52:49 AM PDT by IM2MAD (IM2MAD=Individual Motivated 2 Make A Difference)
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To: orsonwb

Arctic outbreak next week... Bastardi says Freeze threat for all of Arkansas


9 posted on 04/09/2014 5:58:17 AM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: jdsteel

As for burying deep,,,I lay mine down on their side for the extra feeder roots.


10 posted on 04/09/2014 6:00:21 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: orsonwb
For the tying of the plants ,I don't use the cages they fall over too easily in the wind , I use what is called the Florida weave .


11 posted on 04/09/2014 6:13:44 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: orsonwb

More on the arctic outbreak from bastardi
https://mobile.twitter.com/BigJoeBastardi/status/453476812291469312/photo/1?screen_name=BigJoeBastardi


12 posted on 04/09/2014 6:18:47 AM PDT by Bulwinkle (Alec, a.k.a. Daffy Duck)
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To: IM2MAD

and crush a TUMS and throw it into the planting hole. The extra calcium prevents blossom end rot.

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Great tip. Thanks. Could I use egg shells instead?


13 posted on 04/09/2014 6:19:20 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: piroque

What material is used for your ties in the Florida weave?


14 posted on 04/09/2014 6:20:41 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: orsonwb

I started 15 varieties, nearly all heirlooms, but they won’t go out until May 15 or so (or heatwave, whichever comes first.)

In the meanwhile, I have to figure out how to replicate greenhouse conditions. Last year this time I stopped by a grower who had a variety I wanted but he refused to sell until early May. Our plants started out the same size but when I went back in May his were HUGE and mine still small and spindly.

Maybe I can rig up a Wall O’ Water with soda bottles - I planted Glacier, supposed to be cold-tolerant and early but it isn’t up yet.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 6:23:55 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Bigg Red
Could I use egg shells instead?

I would imagine that eggshells take a couple of seasons at least, to break down and release useful calcium. The tums would dissolve quickly after a few waterings or rains.

16 posted on 04/09/2014 6:25:51 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Bigg Red

Yes, we use eggshells as pots for starting our parsnips, peppers and tomatoes. When they get too big, place the seedling in the eggshell into a peat pot.


17 posted on 04/09/2014 6:26:17 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: greeneyes; JustaDumbBlonde; Diana in Wisconsin

Ping to copy this in the garden thread on Friday.


18 posted on 04/09/2014 6:26:26 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: orsonwb

That’s a really boring list they have for NJ.

Black from Tula, and Chocolate Cherry (which might be Black Cherry) - they grew well, and I’ll grow them forever.

Kellogg’s Breakfast, Sungold....

Why stick with Burpee?


19 posted on 04/09/2014 6:27:27 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: heartwood

Cut the bottom out of plastic milk jugs and leave the top open. It is like a mini-greenhouse and as the weather warms, make the top hole bigger or you will fry them.


20 posted on 04/09/2014 6:43:44 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Bigg Red

Bone-meal also works well. The key here is the bioavailability of the calcium. The finer the powder along with the solubility of the chemical form of calcium define the bioavailability of this essential mineral. Egg shells take some time to degrade and are therefore less bioavailable.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 6:45:56 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Bigg Red

A couple of tablespoons of sugar in the hole helps stop nematodes.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 7:02:25 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: orsonwb

I planted Celebrity as well and also Tycoon (which is a new one for me). San Antonio area so should be freeze free now.


23 posted on 04/09/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT by Texan
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To: Neoliberalnot

Is that okay even if the nights are still low 40s?


24 posted on 04/09/2014 7:16:00 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

How do you keep their roots from getting too warm if they are above the ground?


25 posted on 04/09/2014 7:22:45 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: orsonwb

The list for Montana is very safe.

On the other hand, I had a bumper-crop of Brandywines, Black Krims, Cherokee Purple Dr. Wyche’s Yellow last year - all NOT on the Montana list...

Just takes lots of care and creativity.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 7:23:37 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks. I’ll try to remember. If I forget, please ping it in for me.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 7:27:52 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Bigg Red

I use crush eggshells and use them all the time - it works great. I also use banana peels, which most flowering plants seem to like.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 7:32:32 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: orsonwb

BFL - since I was going to plant my garden next week but will now wait a week so the freeze comes and goes.


29 posted on 04/09/2014 7:32:59 AM PDT by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Thanks. I just posted the link to the garden thread. I’ll try to remember to include it in Friday’s ping.


30 posted on 04/09/2014 7:44:22 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: orsonwb

I have Cherokee Purple, Coustralee, Stump of the World, Mariana Peace and Eva Purple Ball. I will look at the 10 day forecast on April 25th and make my decision. My plants are in my new greenhouse and are big enough to be planted outside now.


31 posted on 04/09/2014 7:50:59 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: heartwood

The milk jugs will help to protect the tomatoes. Once the temps get below 50 degrees, they basically kinda stay in neutral, and make little to no progress toward producing.

At 40 something degrees the tomatoes won’t freeze or die or anything, but if you are at 48 degrees for example that helps to raise the temp a bit even at night to improve growth rate.

You have to leave the lid off when the sun comes out or take the jug off to keep things from becoming too hot, which could also interfer with growth/production.


32 posted on 04/09/2014 7:53:30 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Bigg Red

The tablet will be a quick release. Egg shells will be slower. The plant will need the calcium most during the fruiting stage, so I will side dress with something that acts quicker, when the plant is flowering, if I think it is needed.

Eggs shells can be crushed or dried, put in blender and whirled till it’s a powder.


33 posted on 04/09/2014 7:57:29 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: heartwood

Yes, they will survive even a hard frost or two. I have been doing this for many years. I don’t claim to be the best gardener, but I do raise and preserve a lot of vegetables and fruits.


34 posted on 04/09/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Lizavetta
How do you keep their roots from getting too warm if they are above the ground?

Mulch and plenty of water. We live in Georgia, which has nice toasty summers, and never have a problem growing our vegetables in pots.

35 posted on 04/09/2014 8:42:18 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Do you shade the pots at all? Mulch protects the top but what about when the sun is shining on the sides of the pot?


36 posted on 04/09/2014 10:39:23 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Bigg Red
What material is used for your ties in the Florida weave?

As I'm a farmer . I reuse plastic bailing twine

37 posted on 04/09/2014 12:37:17 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: Bigg Red
Meant to add this to give a better how-to

A heavy nylon twine would work just as good.

38 posted on 04/09/2014 12:46:03 PM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: JimRed

Thank you for that information.


39 posted on 04/09/2014 7:25:05 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

Thank you for that information.


40 posted on 04/09/2014 7:25:50 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: IMR 4350

Sugar, huh? Thanks.


41 posted on 04/09/2014 7:26:18 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: greeneyes

Thanks.


42 posted on 04/09/2014 7:28:07 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: greeneyes

Okay, thank you for that information.


43 posted on 04/09/2014 7:28:51 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: piroque

Thank you for that information.


44 posted on 04/09/2014 7:29:13 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: piroque

Very good. Thanks.


45 posted on 04/09/2014 7:29:43 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

“Cut the bottom out of plastic milk jugs and leave the top open.”

Yes, works. I did that when I lived in Nebraska in the late 80’s - planted my tomato plants in Mid-March. They weathered several frosts. Had nice ripe tomatoes by the 4th of July.

Last year here in Ohio we lost tomatoes and peppers that we thought we planted late enough. Might try the milk-jug green house again this year.


46 posted on 04/09/2014 7:51:12 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Lizavetta
Do you shade the pots at all? Mulch protects the top but what about when the sun is shining on the sides of the pot?

Walter Reeves is the most famous gardener in my state. He also has his own radio show saturday mornings from 6-10am est if you would like to call him with specific lawn and garden questions.

Here are his tips for using pots in hot weather

47 posted on 04/10/2014 8:21:09 AM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Thanks!


48 posted on 04/10/2014 8:53:29 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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