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My new tomato varieties. My seeds finally came in the mail yesterday. Really want to plant but I am a sick dog. The weather is atrocious. It has been raining for DAYS with another day or two of rain predicted. I am hoping that I will be up and about soon so I can plant my much anticipated seeds soon. I will be planting on my work table on the patio with some lights and heating pads thanks to Rainbow's suggestions. Oh Well - Really feel too cr***y to say much more. Later.
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I just ordered more pepper seed. My new peppers are the trinidad scorpion, peter pepper, bolivian rainbow. I am trying for my new tomatoes sweetie, and Champion II (tomato yellow leaf curl resistant), as back up I have Aunt Ginny's German Green, and druzba. My friend gave me a piece of pepper vine(piper nigrum), so I am trying to grow that. I tried to grow Habucha, but the seed is probably 30 years old so it failed to sprout, and vanilla orchid. I just harvested my first romaine and won bok cabbage in December. I will also grow more of what I had before. Right now I am propagating strawberries, bay leaves, rosemary, and lavender. I am still growing swiss chard, kale, Mexican tarragon, mints,, oregano, Mexican oregano, hibiscus sabdariffa, cutting celery, beans, snow peas, suyo cucumbers, tatsoi, corn, green onions, chives, edible flowers, tobasco, superchili, yellow bell, mini bells and eggplant. I planted onions and garlic in October and November, beets, squash, (Hercules war club. I call it hyotan), lettuce, pineapple, papaya, tatsoi, sesame, ginger, turmeric, baby bok, jicama, taro, pineapple, asparagus, and nasturtiums. I will keep trying to propagate sage, cherimoya, and coneflower. It should not be hard, but they just keep dying.
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Royiah wrote:rainbowgardener: ohh I get it now. :P
BT? I believe they were cut worms. Or something along those lines. Just one ate 8 large green tomato's. I was so not happy that day.
ReptileAddiction: That's good to know. Thanks. :D
Bt = bacillus thuringiensis, sold as Dipel, Thuricide, and probably other things. It is a naturally occurring bacterium that is effective against many kinds of caterpillars, but harmless to everything else.

If you mean actually ate the tomato fruits that would not be cutworms. They attack young plants at the base of the stem near the ground. Cut the whole plant down and disappear it. One of my first experiences as a new gardener was planting a whole bunch of little tomato plants I started from seed indoors. Came out a couple days later to check on them and they were GONE! Cutworms! :twisted:

I'm not sure what caterpillar type thing would eat a whole fruit. Hornworms are big green caterpillars that eat tomatoes, but mostly they just leave a big hole in it. Sometimes they get inside and start hollowing the fruit out. But they don't eat the whole thing.
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@iamfan I wonder if the peter pepper will actually make the advertised shape...

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rainbowgardener: Hornworms! That had to be it. Must have gotten the names mixed up. But yeah they ate the tomato. There was almost nothing left on the stem. (there was the top part of the tomato but that was it.) :K The worm I found was huge! Like two of my thumbs combined. But it did seriously eat 8 of my tomato's overnight. There might have been another but I only found that one big one. Found 2 more 2 days later.
But anyways I don't want to kill all the caterpillars. we have a lot of butterfly's in my area and I don't want to go off and start killing them.
I think what I'm gonna do this year is plant some really hot peppers and blend them into a spray and then spray my plants with it if I get bugs on my plants.
imafan26: Wow that's a lot of peppers and plants. :o I actually am starting an experiment to see if some 18year old seeds will sprout. I found them in the attic. seems my mom bought them a long time ago and never opened or planted them. Its gonna be real interesting. :D

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I have a new herb sampler pack that I'm excited for but the big thing for me this year is sweet potatoes and squash! I haven't grown either before so this whole lot of experiment on my part. I'm so excited tho!!!
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tomatoes

got some black krim tomatoes I cant wait to taste.I know its a little early but I germinated my seeds already.

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Black Krim, Thessaloniki, and the blueberry plants.

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Still searching for a niche for the Farmer's Market. I'll probably concentrate on the True Seed Potatoes this year.
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DoubleDogFarm: You can get a potato seed!? :o I thought you could only get them as a potatoes seed.
Your potatoes look awesome! Go you! :D

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Yes, TPS look a lot like sesame seeds.

Here's a post from earlier.
https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/v ... hp?t=43399

Seed and pulp potato fruit
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I want to plant the new paste tomato from Burpee. Tomato, super sauce, hybrid, disease free, 25 seeds for $6.50. The last two years I have lost all my tomatoes to the blight. This year I am putting them in raised beds and planting them here and there and everywhere on my property, including the deck.

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I was organizing my seeds -- finally broke down and decided to use the baseball card keeper method, though I also bought the 2"x2" pocket coin keeper sleeves for small packets of traded seeds.

Anyway discovered that I have two more packets of TPS received from a memeber here, and that reminded me that I have potato berries that I never processed. Also realized I have WAY more pepper seeds than I realized and they need to be grown out. Some of them are varieties I was half thinking of getting seeds for so all good. :wink:

Are the baby tubers still keeping well in storage, Eric? I can't wait to see the harvest this year. 8)

I have a lot of tomatoes to grow this year, and want to experiment with more C. Moschata varieties. I also have a new plan for a special variety of watermelon that I hope will work out.

...and...and... I've way too many "favorites" this year :shock: :roll:

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Garlic, It was planted in oct and started to grow, I mulched real good, and the little stalks came out of the mulch I had put down so i needed to put on more. Now it's sitting under 12" of snow, can"t wait never planted it before but it seems to be growing quite well. I guess I'll find out in the spring how my garlic turned out..

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btrowe1 wrote:Garlic, It was planted in oct and started to grow, I mulched real good, and the little stalks came out of the mulch I had put down so i needed to put on more. Now it's sitting under 12" of snow, can"t wait never planted it before but it seems to be growing quite well. I guess I'll find out in the spring how my garlic turned out..
Should be fine. This is now my third year of growing garlic. After I saw how well it did and how easy it was, I wondered why it took me so long! :)

The first two times I just planted garlic from the grocery store. This time I had so much garlic, I used my own home-grown garlic for "seed" garlic. So I'm interested to see how that goes. It is likely the F1 generation of some hybrid.
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I am going to try growing paste tomatoes this year. We have so much prep to do before we can plant that I'm somewhat discouraged. DH swears he is going to build the greenhouse and have it finished by mid-may and I do know that once I get a soil test that it really shouldn't take that long to gather the the worm castings, compost, etc to build up our garden soil. We did grow a garden last year and it actually did quite well and produced enough that we were able to share with friends and the Senior Center. I just know it can be improved on. I'll probably stick with my old tried and true seeds this year. For 40 years I've planted Blue Lake green beans and Boston Picklers Cukes. I'm almost afraid to try something different! :oops:
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rainbowgardener wrote: The first two times I just planted garlic from the grocery store. This time I had so much garlic, I used my own home-grown garlic for "seed" garlic. So I'm interested to see how that goes. It is likely the F1 generation of some hybrid.
huh? unless at some point it reproduced via flowers, it'll still be what it was before.

I'm looking forward to cowpeas, lots of various root crops and tubers, and a range of hot peppers.

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I thought maybe rainbowgardener meant tht the original garlic she bought at the supermarket might have been a hybrid.... Then I wondered if there are very many hybrid varieties when garlic is so easily propagated vegetatively.

It turns out that there IS a hybrid -- written up as Chinese, mostly listed on Asian import market websites and one YouTube warning there is a health risk(?) :?

-- I didnt visit any of the sites or watch the video, but so I guess there is such a thing. :shock: If I'm reading the summarized blurb correctly, according to one website, the variety's name is "NORMAL WHITE GARLIC" :roll:
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!potatoes! wrote:
rainbowgardener wrote: The first two times I just planted garlic from the grocery store. This time I had so much garlic, I used my own home-grown garlic for "seed" garlic. So I'm interested to see how that goes. It is likely the F1 generation of some hybrid.
huh? unless at some point it reproduced via flowers, it'll still be what it was before.
Oh OOPS! Not thinking, of course you are right. I just assume that stuff in the grocery store is all hybrids, though this may not be true for garlic. And yes since the bulb is just growing out it is vegetative propagation not reproductive. Sorry, wasn't thinking clearly.
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oh, no apology necessary!

might try my hand at maca his year...

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having not read the rest in detail I am most exited to grow Raspberries, Rhubarb and Strawberries.

I am going to try to make wine out of them ;) I am also an amateur brewer ;)
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The crop I'm most excited about this year is mangel wurzel. I had a variety of successes last year, and some disappointments as well, so I've got a few new things I'm going to be trying. Nothing is so exciting as the mangel, however. I'm hoping to be able to feed them to my chickens in the winter and cut back a bit on the feed bill. They got into the garden last fall and cleaned up on my beets, so I'm expecting they'll like the mangels.

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Excited about new pepper plants and tomatoes, sunchokes, crosnes, ginger and turmeric, yacon, different cucumbers, some dwarf/bush squash and melons, culantro (not cilantro), oregano by seed, celery, egyptian spinach, and maybe some onions.

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Lucius_Junius wrote:The crop I'm most excited about this year is mangel wurzel. I had a variety of successes last year, and some disappointments as well, so I've got a few new things I'm going to be trying. Nothing is so exciting as the mangel, however. I'm hoping to be able to feed them to my chickens in the winter and cut back a bit on the feed bill. They got into the garden last fall and cleaned up on my beets, so I'm expecting they'll like the mangels.
Interesting. If I ever get pigs, I will plant mangel "field beet" in the pasture 6 months before. Give them something to root.

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Sniff, sniff, shiver. STILL raining :!: 45 but real feel is 30. Give me a nice sunny day at 32 and I am happy. This cr## su**s. I have some wonderful new tomato varieties to try from Johnny's Select Seeds. So excited to plant but the weather is just crap. My original intention was to plant on my work table on the patio. Too cold and wet even under cover. I am at the point that I will plant tomorrow and set up a grow station in the spare bedroom on the new wood floor, When G gets home he will have a fit IF he sees my project. The bedroom door is kept closed and he does not go in there. That room is my closet so I may be able to get away with starting my seeds on the sly. IDK I am just SAD. I am taking my vitamins and drinking OJ and eating healthy (lean and green) fighting that urge for a cig. It would be a lot easier if I could get outside and work off that crazy habit. :cry:

:oops: So sorry :!: I almost forgot what the question was. I am excited about planting new tomato varieties from seed. I have been a Lazy gardener and have planted transplants. So planting from seed is an adventure for me. :)
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I just received my Fedco order. I ordered early this year from them because last year, by the time I tried, they were out of what I wanted. I was able to get both varieties of edamame that were reviewed with high praises in a Mother Earth article: Shirofumi and Sayamusume.

I'm also going be trying a parthenocarpic baby cucumber: H-19 Littleleaf. If this one tastes good, I'm going to try growing it indoors during winter next year, along with the tomatoes -- gotta have cukes in my salads! 8). In case it turns out to be dud, I'll also be growing Armenian cukes and a new-to-me Japanese variety called Shintokiwa this summer.

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I am always super excited to try new potato varieties. This year I limited myself to 8 varieties, some old favorites and a few new varieties.

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Eventually wrote:I am always super excited to try new potato varieties. This year I limited myself to 8 varieties, some old favorites and a few new varieties.
If you like variety you should try growing True Potato Seed.

https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/v ... hp?t=43399

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zefa fino fennel

I am the most excited about growing fennel for the first time.
Everyone has such diverse gardens!
I have no yard or property, so I grow in containers and one large raised bed. Because of this I try to grow mainly the more expensive veggies and things/varieties that are difficult to find in stores and the stuff I only eat a few times a year, like turnips and celeriac, etc.
Last year I did grow tigger melons in my raised bed, using a trellis. The melons grew like crazy and I couldn't trim them fast enough, by the end of the summer I was finding them on the other side of the bed tangled in the honeydew on another trellis! I got a huge yield of melons. They were the size of large oranges and so fun to look at! They have a very mild taste and a wet, cream colored flesh. Mine did not really get sweet and were actually bitter at the peak of summer (it was 115F+ to be fair). The kids in my family and my neighbors still ate them though, because they are so cool looking! They made melons from April until the beginning of September when I pulled them up!
I had about 30 (from 2 plants, people!) all ripe at once, at one point. I scoped out the flesh and froze it and was able to use it the way I would use canned pears in cooking/baking. The rind is very soft and the flesh will scoop out all the way down to the skin. They go from striped light/dark green to bright orange and yellow, almost over night! You can pick them once they've mostly turned orange and like other melons are ready to eat when the blossom end gives a bit.

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I grew Tigger melons one year. I thought they had the most amazingly delicious AROMA, but were a huge let down in contrast in the flavor department. :?
I mixed them in combination with other sweet melons and simple syrup to make frozen sorbet. I didn't think about cooking with them. 8)

I think I'm already out of garden space, but I bought a couple of melon variety seeds anyway. :roll:

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@applestar
ditto on the tigger melons! i honestly did not think I would get honeydews in such a small space and planted them because even the vine smells so good and it lingers in the air in those dog days when you don't want to be in the garden. but the tigger melons smell even better. i promised myself i was going to try some small muskmelons this year instead, but now I'm not sure :wink: do you think they'd make good jelly?

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I will be growing tigger meolns myself given the space. Been wantig to for years but have heard bad reviews on taste. But just got to do it you know.

I am most excited to grow all the tomato crosses I have. I can't wait, spring willl never come it seems. Though it can take it's time too since I am way behind :lol:

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Ehh the Tigger melons don't taste good... Hmm well I do have two melon verities anyways. And tigger melons just look like they'll be awesome! :D :lol:

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I'm now also excited to grow Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard.

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Lots of cool stuff I will be growing for the first time this year (hopefully, if all goes well!): Tromboncino squash, pineapple sage, lemon grass, ginger if I can get one to sprout this year ....
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I get excited about tomatoes because I just can not buy good FLAVOR tomatoes in the grocery store. There is nothing better than vine ripe tomatoes.

I get excited about every thing I grow.

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