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   PastimesGardening and Especially Tomato Growing


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To: Jerry Held who wrote (3446)3/29/2022 1:29:42 AM
From: robert b furman
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Hi Jerry,

Just follow the instructions on bag. I do at least the first two times. Try to do a thrd after a big rain.

You won't regret the expense. The yiels is boosted.

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To: robert b furman who wrote (3447)3/29/2022 8:18:53 AM
From: Jerry Held
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I had the worst crop of tomatoes that I ever had last year but others in the area said the same thing so it wasn't just me. Anything I can do to increase yield is OK with me. I tilled horse manure and a cow manure/compost combo into the soil last fall along with some leaves so with your recommendation, I should be good to go!

Jerry

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To: Jerry Held who wrote (3448)3/29/2022 9:55:59 AM
From: robert b furman
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I always add some Black Cow ( from Home Depot) and a bale of Sphagnum peat moss. I have 6 8x16 raised garden beds and local soil has too much clay. All three have boosted my annual production every year for three years.

Be sure to not replant tomatoes in the same place, rotate locations.

Each year I process 1220 to 1500 tomatoes on 70 to 75 plants. one half early girls, the other half a mix of San Martino, marzano , amish paste and/or polish linguisi. The last two are huge tomatoes.

I will in mid year add miracle grow liquid fertilizer once of twice.

My tomato plants consistently get to be 5-6 feet tall.

Once they bloom and begin to have fruit, you must spray the plants every 7 to 10 days with a fungicide. Don't wait to see the leafs spotting and curling spray every 7010 days after they show smll tomaotoes.
I have lost a crop by NOT doing that. When every one has a poor crop, I've got tomatoes. Took me several years to learn that one. We have a heavy dew since we are close to Lake Michigan

Hope that helps!

Bob

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To: robert b furman who wrote (3449)3/29/2022 8:57:52 PM
From: E_K_S
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Getting the Vietnamese Hot Pepper seeds going in the greenhouse. Over 90% germination. Seeds from a friend who gave me a few of his very hot peppers. I think 4 of the small peppers generated almost 300 seeds. 100 seeds in this planting


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To: E_K_S who wrote (3450)3/29/2022 9:13:09 PM
From: E_K_S
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This is my 'Kit' Greenhouse built over 20 years ago. As I am away at another property in the Spring/Summer, I no longer really use the greenhouse other than to start seeds for friends. I built the benches, a French drain below the pavers and have (1) mist system, (2) exhaust Fan (powered by solar) and (3) plumbed for water including bench & drip emitters. One vent operates by Temp, the other can be opened by hand.



The greenhouse is 12' long, 8' wide and 6' tall; Came in a kit from Israel. mounted on 4x4 red wood frame at ground level. I built a deck around the greenhouse



Have fun w/ your Spring/Summer gardens! I am here in N. CA so always nice weather and sometimes too hot in the greenhouse

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To: E_K_S who wrote (3450)3/30/2022 12:32:53 AM
From: robert b furman
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Looing good, uh, I mean steamy.

I wonder how they score on the pepper hot scale?

Might make your seedlings make Chernobyl look cool! LOL

Great looking green house!

Bob

Now work on some tomatoes!

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To: robert b furman who wrote (3449)3/30/2022 9:04:13 AM
From: Jerry Held
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Thanks for the tips, Bob. The cow manure/compost I was referring to is Home Depot's Black Cow. I like that stuff and use it in flower beds too. I do rotate my tomatoes as they are serious nutrient depleters.

I used miracle Grow once and I got very lush, tall tomato plants that didn't set much fruit. Maybe I'll try it again this year.

Thanks again!

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To: Jerry Held who wrote (3453)3/30/2022 11:53:24 AM
From: robert b furman
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Hi Jerry,

You bet - good growing to you!

Bob

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To: robert b furman who wrote (3452)4/1/2022 11:43:35 AM
From: Cogito Ergo Sum
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Got this today from Amazon :)


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To: Cogito Ergo Sum who wrote (3455)4/1/2022 7:07:43 PM
From: robert b furman
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Hi Bernie,

Nothing shows!

Bob

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