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Old May 5, 2016   #151
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Thanks. The 2x4 posts and twine come in at about 50 cents per row foot of trellising. It is the most economical approach I can find that has a chance of working. I use a lot of twine, but it costs next to nothing. I tried Florida weave, but my plants get too big and collapse everything.
Thank you Cole, I know Florida weave wouldn't work for me too for the same reason.
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Old May 6, 2016   #152
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I had rabbits eat 30 or so 5" plants Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Will the rabbits eventually leave the plants alone once the plants get larger? i wonder how mature is enough to be less fearful of losing more?
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My rabbits are fenced out. I saved a baby bunny from a big snake last year, only to realize within the next few days that he was eating my plants. He got a few. I think he got too fat to fit back through the hole in the fence after that.
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yeah, i "saved" the one that got to big to get out last year with a SHOVEL! They never touched a tomato plant - only beens. This year they attacked the transplants - have never been bothered by rabbit's on tomatoes - i guess just a bit too small of a transplant this year??? how do i insert a smile or grumpy face?
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Old May 6, 2016   #155
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Black plastic mulch tip of the day: paint markers will write on it. I bought a yellow one at Wal-Mart for $2. It goes a lot faster to mark the plants that way as I plant, and then go back with the notebook later:

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Old May 6, 2016   #156
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Cole, gorgeous plant! I see you gave in to the calling...

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The Skyreacher they have on the cover keeps calling my name.
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Old May 7, 2016   #157
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I had rabbits eat 30 or so 5" plants Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Will the rabbits eventually leave the plants alone once the plants get larger? i wonder how mature is enough to be less fearful of losing more?
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12 to 18 inches you might be safer from rabbits. They will snack on tomatoes if they can reach them when they start to turn red. I don't think rabbits are fond of eating tomato plants but they eat the small plants before they find out they don't like them.

If unfenced I use 12 inch diameter baskets made from poultry netting or hardware cloth to protect from rabbits.
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Old May 11, 2016   #158
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All of my tomatoes are finally in the ground, all 900 feet of them.

Here's a pic from today: http://i.imgur.com/JtUb1RB.jpg

My list of high tunnel varieties is here: http://www.tomatoville.com/showthread.php?t=40692

Here is a list of the varieties I have planted outside. Some names have been translated, and I'm sure there are some misspelled ones:

Ambrosia Red
Ambrosia Rose
Amethyst Cream
Amursky Tiger
Andizhansky
Anmore Dew Drops
Anmore Treasures
Arkasin
Aroma
Atkinson
Banskia Queen
Batjanja
Beauty Mark
Bedouin
Benissoui Nante
Beryl Beauty
Betalux
Big Green Dwarf
Black Hole Sun
Black Icicle
Black Magic
Black Plum
Blueberry Sugar
Bola Maciza
Bosky Chabarovsky
Bosque Blue Bumble Bee
Brandywine OTV
Brandywine Sudduth
Chadwick Cherry
Chang Li
Chernomor
Chocolate Champion
Chocolate Lighting
Citron Compact
Coastal Pride Orange
Cole
Cuban Black
Cyril’s Choice
Czech Bush
Da Chilo
Dagestansky
Daniel Burson
De Barao Black
De Barao Orange
Degestansky
Desert Rose
Dwarf Pink Passion
Dwarf Wild Fred
Elgin Pink
Esmerelda Golosina
Everett’s Rusty Ox Heart
Fahrenheit Blues
Firesteel
Flora-dade
Fuzzy Wuzzy
Gargamel
Giant Willie
Gigant-10 Novikova
Glasnost
Green Doctor’s Frosted
Gregori Altai
Harless Creek Gold
Highlander Pink
Honey Giant
Hssiao His Hung Shih
Ina
Indian Stripe PL
Indigo Cherry Drops
Italian Market Wonder
Jade Beauty
Jazz
KBX
Kazachka
Koskioso Verte
Leningradsky Skorospelyi
Li Cun
Livingston’s Main Crop Pink
Lotos Pink
Lucinda
Lucinda
Maglia Rosa
Malachite Box
Malawi Cherry
Mandarinka
Mano
Marbonne F1
Master Carnosa
Midnight in Moscow
Mikhalych
Momotaro F1
Mr Snow
Muddy Waters
Napa Rose
Negrillo de Almoguera
Nepal
New Big Dwarf
Nicholas Duchov
Northern Lights
Novosadsky Jabucher
Orange Bull’s Heart
Orange Icicle
Orange Jazz
Orange Russian 117
Oranzhevaya Slivka
Pani Jana
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson PL (unstable)
Peramoga 165
Perth Pride
Pineapple Pig
Pink Icicle
Pink Rose
Pink Tiger
Pink Titan
Pink Vernissage
Pit Viper
Polish Favorite
Porter
Purple Bumble Bee
Purple Dragon
Qiyanai Huang
Rebel Yell
Red Bumble Bee F1
Reisetomate (traveler’s tomato)
Remy Rouge
Rose Quartz Multiflora
Roza Vetrov
Russian
Russian Apple Tree
Russian Bull’s Heart
Shaker Village
Sibirsky Malahit
Sioux
Sky Reacher
Sosulka Rosoveya
Southern Nights
Spot Yellow
Spudakee
Starfire Isis
Submarine Blush
Sunrise Bumble Bee
Sweet & Thin from Malinova
Sweet Adelaide
Sweet Cherry
Sweet Cranberry
Sweet Orange II
Sweet Scarlet
Sweet Sue
Sweet for Children
Taimyr
Tasmanian Chocolate
Terhune
Tommy Toe
Tsar’s Royal Gift
Uluru Ochre
Utyonok (Duckling)
Vorlon
Wes
Wherowkowhai
White Cherry
Wild Fred
Wild Rose
Willard Wynn
Wine Jug
Wooly Blue Jay
Yamali Brown
Yamali Green
Yamali Red
Yamali Yellow
Yellow Icicle
Yellow Jazz
Yellow Jazz Heart
Yellow Mortgage Lifter
Yukon Quest
Zaitska
Zebra Rita
Zhelhj Delikates
Zigan

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Old May 12, 2016   #159
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What a list.
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What a list.
It was made possible by a lot of generous seed-swappers, I should add. Thank you to everyone who traded seeds with me.
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Old May 12, 2016   #161
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Cole, there are some that I'll be asking you about. I Agree with Worth - What a list.

I few that I am very interested in are how Ambrosia Red, Bosque Blue Bumble Bee, Indigo Cherry Drops - how they do for you. Of course, you know I want to know about the Chinese tomatoes. I'm growing some Japanese tomatoes that are very happy in Texas soil.
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What a list Cole. I can only imagine having that much room! You missed having a variety that starts with X though. Lol.


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Hope Tlaloc isn't as generous as last year, a lot of those deserve a good taste test. Mikhalych is winning taste tests down here. Go Sugar's Magic!
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Old May 12, 2016   #164
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Thanks guys. Gerado, I'm glad you liked Sugar's stuff so much. I will send you more when you run out. I collect it in winter, because the grass has died and it is easier. But the summer stuff makes much better tea. It bubbles like crazy.
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Old May 12, 2016   #165
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Wow dude, super list. I am a little jealous of your space though. I keep wanting to use all my rows for tomatoes since I have so many varieties I cant fit in. One day I have several acres to grow on. Good luck on the season and I will be patiently waiting to read your reviews later on.
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