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Old May 11, 2015   #46
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Nice presentation! How did you move all those plants in that car? I suspect you drove home with much fewer.
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Old May 11, 2015   #47
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Thanks! We drove 2 vehicles Charley, after we unloaded we parked it across the street. Yes we sold 104 plants even though ideal planting dates here were weeks ago. I was presently surprised as we went to this market on a whim.
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Old May 27, 2015   #48
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Update. Things are getting crazy almost all plants are setting fruit in huge numbers and I just planted 40 more plants. My son and I took down my colframe plastic/hoops and I tilled the inside and formed some rows. I will later add taller hoops and new plastic in time for winter veggies.

The main crop planted was Gruschevij and Chico 3. I am very excited about the Gruschevij as I love ruffled pear tomatoes. The rest were a mix of plants I had left over that were very leggy. Some already had tiny tomatoes on them but I threw caution to the wind and left them on. I normally pinch all blooms/fruit at transplant but I like to experiment. Here are some pics I hope you enjoy.

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Butter dish squash
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Impatiently waiting to see if this is a cross or grows true. I planted another one that was the darkest colored. One seedling had no antho at all so I think its a cross.
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Zluta Kytice, set tomatoes a week after transplant.
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New tomatoes. This was covered with compost later and will be mulched soon.
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Old June 8, 2015   #49
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Quick update. Everything is doing well and I'm starting to get some ripe veggies. Many tomatoes will start ripening soon. First red tomato was a Glacier and the squash is called butterdish hybrid (Burpee).
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Old June 9, 2015   #50
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Great pictures. I'm enjoying this thread. What do you think that bug is on the squash blossom?
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Old June 9, 2015   #51
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Thanks Marsha! I'm glad you're enjoying it as a lot of the seeds came from you. Those are actually tomato flowers (Big Beef) and that is (I think after lots of googling) an assassin bug. Haven't had many pest problems so far (knock on wood) and I have been seeing lots of benificials.
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Old June 27, 2015   #52
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Well things are starting to ripen and I'm picking tomatoes daily now. I have seen a huge explosion of pest since the heat wave started, mostly caterpillars of all sorts and a few cucumber beetles. My beans are covered in aphids and I have grey mold all over the garden. I have Neem oil and copper fungicide that I have started spraying to help. Most plants continue to do well despite these issues. Here are some pics.
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HJB's look almost black
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From top left: Zluta kytice: Submarine Blush: JBT: SOO: Wes with a critter bite: Sumter cucumbers: My favorite so far is Zluta, Wes is still ripening and haven't tried the SOO yet.
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First Sugar Drop, the antho was just a teaser.
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Table O'plenty
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Fresh green beans, they were delicious!
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Lunch time snack, I didn't like the Submarine Blush. The seeds were quite hard. The JBT are tasty.
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Blue Berries are loaded but seem slow to ripen.
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SS 100 tasty as usual. Next pic is my beans and last pic is my first ripe Malachite Box.
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Old June 29, 2015   #53
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Wes with a bad spot on it, using for seed.
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Old June 29, 2015   #54
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Nice pictures. Good start of the season. I am dealing with aphids and mold as well. Good luck with that.
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Old July 2, 2015   #55
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Beautiful Garden! Are you doing the Back to the Eden Method? what type of wood mulch are you using?
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Old July 2, 2015   #56
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Beautiful Garden! Are you doing the Back to the Eden Method? what type of wood mulch are you using?
Thanks Delerium! I'm not really following a specific method but I am using wood chips from Asplundh, they trim trees away from power lines. I got 2 full loads dumped and its is just random stuff all chipped together. I also used a lot of straw mixed with rabbit poop from a local rabbit sanctuary. I discovered last year that wood chips were a great help in conserving water and keeping the roots cool, not to mention the worms seem to love it.

I detail my process in earlier post, essentially no till with a cardboard/manure/leaves/mulch layering system. We just bought this place so it will take a few years to get the soil where it needs to be for optimal plant health and production. My next goals are worm bins, a small area to grow host plants for beneficials, and learning to grow mushrooms as we discussed in your thread. I have lots of little mushrooms that come up in the beds with straw already but they fade quickly once the sun comes out and only reappear after rain/watering.
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Old July 5, 2015   #57
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Really busy with picking everything now and getting the nursery ready. Have been picking a basket full of produce daily for more than a week and with a break in the heat wave I am once again getting good fruit set. Some pics...
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This one was tasty butva little bland, it was overipe so I will hold judgements till later.
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Putting up squash
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And tomatoes
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My tomato fireworks
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Old July 5, 2015   #58
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My Malachite Box's were bland and mushy too. Never got better all season. I got my seeds in the 2013 Tormato's swap, I wonder if they were right, because I honestly can't figure out why everyone loves them.
I should buy some seeds of it from a commercial vendor and try again.
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Old August 2, 2015   #59
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Great thread. Great photos.
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Old August 3, 2015   #60
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Thanks Charles, I need to update this thread but I'm so busy right now. Where in SC are you located? I'm about 20 mins from Greenville. Welcome to Tomatoville!
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