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White tomatoes are basically yellow with clear skin/epi, with similar flavor profile. Many yellow varieties are mild with less of the strong front end wham! nor lingering acid, so unless they have a good middle flavor, they fall short. In my house, we like tomatoes with really strong, assertive flavor profiles in all three — front-middle-end — and DH has refused to eat any more yellow varieties unless I guarantee it is "great"!

I’ve grown whites before and grew a “white sauce" garden one year, and have identified maybe 3 white varieties that I particularly like so far. But am still looking. Also, some of my crosses are white elongated cherries. — unfortunately most of the white seedlings didn’t make it, but I have a few that are still waiting to get planted, so they will be late. Hopefully there are some whites in the volunteers.

Among those cherries harvested, the small (sometimes called currant size) 1/2” cherries — round Coyote and Champagne as well as the oval one (which I believe is one of my Coyote cross - Buttermints F5 )are white. We think these are very good, but on-line reviews are mixed — some people hate Coyote cherry. (I haven’t been able to determine the difference to Champagne cherry and think they might be the same variety.)

It has been noted, though, that there is a tendency for clear skinned tomatoes (white, frosty orange, pink, purple) to have that “fruity” flavor that enhances fresh eating flavor, whereas the yellow pigmented skin/epi tomatoes (yellow, orange, red, brown/black) to have a "grassy" (some people say "brassy") flavor that sometimes make them less tasty. On cooking though, the flavor breaks down/changes and sometimes enhances the result.


I made a collage of my recent harvests since 6/30.

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- See the cucumber and the runty zucchini I picked today? The zucchini was incompletely pollinated and began to suffer from BER, so picked it and cut off the bottom end, intending to give to our veggie-loving kitties later ... well one of them was being naughty, and jumped up on the kitchen table where DH had put down the bags of pretzel hotdogs he had brought home from the Amish market. But instead of going after the hotdogs, she grabbed the cucumber out of the colander and took a bite out of it — which my DD1 confiscated. Afterwards, the same kitty saw another chance, jumped up on the table again, and this time, grabbed the runty zucchini :roll: It has been confiscated, but the zucchini will be served to them later.
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Mmmm ... Figgses!
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Ah, figs! My grandmother has three trees; but having squirrel problems.

I'm not fond of yellow tomatoes either. Too bleah for me, but I have a couple of family members that like them.

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Aww, sorry @Applestar. I've chunked some of my plants already to, and I'm not through yet. I keep postponing my work 'cause it's been too hot.

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VG AREA —

TOP ROW
- Volunteer cucurbits turned out to be a melon. Waiting to see if it might be a Korean Melon/chamoe
- Yay! One of the mixed pre-germinated cucumber seedlings turned out to be a Miniature White. I found one of the dry-sown seeds sprouted over in the Kitchen Garden so I think I will have two plants to count on.
- the club-like green thing is a zucchini — harvested

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CENTER ROW
- one of the biggest blushing tomato is in the VGA ...approximately as wide as my iPhone 8+ so just over 3 inches in diameter. I didn’t take pics but the biggest pleated pouch/piriform (possibly Ernie’s Plump) in VGA and VGC are also as wide as my iPhone.
- next two fruits are also in VGA — the plants have some antho in the stems and the fruits are sprinkled with antho on the shoulders. These are probably Allonz-y,DrX (I need to check on the F generation, but F5 or F6 I think)

BOTTOM ROW
- all three photos show heavily antho’d, round green, currently ping pong ball sized fruits on different plants. I can’t guess what variety they could possibly be until more characteristics like fruit color and ultimate size are revealed
- they all had some antho in the stems and leaf veins, but the left-most one is so dark that even after pushing the light/exposure level to almost extreme as seen by the leaf next to it, the stem looks nearly black


harvested these small cherry, cherry, extra-elongated large cherry or small plum which could be an Afternoon Rosé and flattened saladette blunt heart that looks very much like Shimofuri or Jack Frost’s Early Love. Not definite yet.
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HBR (HaybaleRow) and SFH (SunflowerHouse) —

There are some serious still-green tomatoes growing here —

Cow’s Tit, Opalka (first fruit), Homer Fike’s Yellow Oxheart are not looking very oxheart-shaped — we will have to see, Prudens Black, PaddyMC’s Steelhead, Dwarf Chocolate Lightning — realized when looking at the photos that these might not be striped :? As they should be), Pennheart have set some fruits.

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I found some previously peeled open :evil: cobs with eating size kernels, so I picked them. They are runty and/or sparsely filled, but that’s OK. The red husk AppleStar’s #sweet# Medley segregate is probably from Double Red Sweet line. I’m hoping to save seeds from the second cob.

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Homer Fike’s Yellow Oxheart was definitely heart-shaped in 2016. I’m pretty sure I sowed the saved seeds from this fruit, so possible accidental bee-cross neighbor is Berner Rose, which could be interesting.

Prok persimmons, Kiwi Gold raspberry, White Soul Alpine strawberries, container Petite Nigra figs split from all the rain... Some runner beans have set since cooler -- maybe they don't set in 90°F temps... Homer Fike's Yellow Oxheart tomato, mytery brown/black tomato from SF&H that was labeled Cream Sausage (extra dark blue-ish foliage), Seasoning Naga peppers (or possibly crossed Bhut Jolokia)
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Love those black cherries! Looks like Blue Berries from Baker. But I could be wrong.

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Haven’t grown Blue Berries yet, I think? Here are the possible candidates, starting with last year’s Helsing Junction Blues —

Subject: Applestar’s 2018 Tomatoes (and peppers ...maybe eggplants)
applestar wrote:Helsing Junction Blues — amazing antho pigmentation on red cherry tomatoes. Said to be sweeter than most antho varieties. Antho varieties tend to separate into two categories — antho pigments that carry the “blecch” flavor, and the antho pigments that are tasty and reminiscent of blueberries and grapes. I’m hoping this one has the latter flavor profile.

— 3/21 seeds started
— 3/26 sprouted
— 6/1 planted out
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applestar wrote:I just love how cute the stem-end sun-print looks on antho cherries — I try to grow at least one variety every year — these are Helsing Junction Blues.

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Subject: Black tomatoe ID
applestar wrote:FYI -- Here are some of the different antho varieties I grew last year:

Subject: Applestar's 2015 Tomato (and Pepper and Eggplant) Garden
applestar wrote:8/24 Harvest Photos

Today's tomatoes totaled 7-1/2 Lbs. On zeroed for 2-gal bucket and clear bowl scale:
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- (not pictured -- colander of Purple Ruben Basil and Sweet Dani Lemon basil, some Drangon's Tongue wax beans)
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[large beefsteaks and hearts]
- light antho top pink Alonzo's Medals might have been
- green striped red Girl Girl's Weird Thing
- pink Fish Lake Oxheart (2)
- dark antho top and stripe Pink Siberian Tiger (2)
[salads and saladettes]
- striped purple Sailor's Luck (4)
- green striped red Lyn's Mahogany Garnet
- dark and light antho top yellow striped Purple Dragon (2) -- 2nd one was shaded
- sweet pink Whippersnapper x Faelan's First Snow less variegated F1
- dark antho top Brazilian Beauty not (3)
- runty Diamond eggplant (2)
- Mini Paprika Yellow pepper
- tiny red Bolivian Rainbow pepper (2)
- Vernissage Yellow
- Juicy Saladette (5)

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WHITE BOWL
- Prelude raspberries,
- White Soul alpine strawberry
- tiny loose Coyote hbr (3)
- normal cherry size antho top Amethyst Cream (forgot to take topside pic)
- small Petite Pomme de Blanche (1)
- over exposed pile of Maid of Orleans Jasmine blossoms
- trusses of Champagne cherry
CLEAR BOWL
- fire engine red with antho Fahrenheit Blues (5)
- smaller Rose Quartz Multiflora not
- medium not Carbon Copy not
- large round mottled with yellow Idyll
- yellow pear-shaped Ildi
- large green when ripe Samocvet Nefritovy
- brown pear-shaped Stormin Norman

- Pink Siberian Tiger
- Fish Lake Oxheart
- Whippersnapper x Faelan's First Snow less variegated F1
- Fahrenheit Blues
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Starting to find itty bitty hornworms on pepper plants. One pulled off of a tomato leaf today was 1 inch long. :twisted:

...in addition to the paper wasps and yellow jackets, as well as nesting birds that feed them to their young, I have these help...
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Yep, I have found hornworms as well. I usually handpick. I do have the mantis, but they are too small. I also have putting oddles of itty bitty toads in my garden when I find them in the yard, but never see them again.

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This one’s turning red. Helsing Junction Blues is becoming very likely...

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I'm madly in love with that gorgeous deep color!!! May I ask where you got those? Is that a stable heirloom?

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It should be stable — not heirloom status yet but recently developed. I got mine from Bunny Hop Seeds

:arrow: Helsing Junction Blue
https://heritageseedmarket.com/index.ph ... tion-blue/


...and according to the description, it should be Blue not Blues and she changed the labeling. I guess I’ll have to change my Mater Master List :o

...She mentions that the original breeder is Tom Wagner. He has been known to release his crosses before they are stable. But she usually checks for stuff like that so this one is probably stable. As I mentioned this year as well as in previous year’s posts, there will be variation in the level of antho expression among the seedlings. So grow extra and select for/save seeds from the ones that turn darkest in full sun if you want to keep them that way in the subsequent generations.

Bunny Hop Seeds is where I got most of my micro dwarf varieties too.
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Bunny Hop Seeds? How cute, never heard of that company. I have heard of Tom Wagner, I think he has stuff in Baker Creek. Cosmic Eclipse must not be a stable creation either. This one I had turned pink, solid pink. Nice flavor, but disappointed in the incorrect coloring.

This year I saved seeds from my Blue Beauty, which I believe is a Brad Gates creation. I'll see how true to type it will come. I have to ensure my varieties are stable because I sell the plants. People might come back to me with complaints of their fruits color not being as described.

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Identity of this VGA volunteer IS STUMPING ME

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It’s a little over 3" in diameter — maybe as much as 3-1/2 inches now. And despite this unfinished looking color, it seems to be ripe or just a day or two from full ripe. I kept feeling it this morning wondering, is it ripe? It feels velvety to the touch -- this is usually when I harvest them. But I left it for one more day.

Here’s an earlier photo of the entire plant. The foliage doesn’t look Regular Leaf to me, but not really a full Potato Leaf either. Does it look Dwarf?
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... leaves are not as rugose as the obviously dwarf plants in the front with rugose leaves, but I’m suspecting those are 'Tim' [Dwf Pink Passion x HOZO F3] F3 (since I grew F2’s)?

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July 9, 2017
applestar wrote:Kitchen Garden Patio SIP progress photo and the Purple Coneflower in bloom (big one was originally a gift plant from a member here plus seed-started babies)

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...yep, that's "Tim"F2 there... :o
{After reviewing the photos below, I’m tending to think Dwarf Blazing Beauty.....?}


The color of the fruit sort of reminds me of Dwarf Orange Cream, but This looks more flattened with lobed shoulders (also leaf shape seemed wrong)... ooh or maybe this is Amana Orange? (Amana Orange has Regular Leaf though....)

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applestar wrote: Today's harvest:
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If it was pinker, I might think it’s Amy Sue ....
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applestar wrote:Big fruited tomatoes are starting to ripen and trickling in. So fun to see what kind of colors, shapes, and sizes they turn out to be.

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Dwarf Blazing Beauty is another possibility —
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applestar wrote:Today's tomatoes -- I'm having critter trouble

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Harvested these not quite ripe and even just blushed to keep them safe from the chipmunks :x

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It's a pretty tomato whatever it is. I have a potato-leafed yellow variety called Yellow Perfection, but I doubt that's what yours is. Maybe it'll come to you when you're sure it's ripe, and taste-test it. Did you give you're tomato a little squeeze? If it's a little squishy, I'd say it was ripe. I squeeze mine when I'm not sure.

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My test for harvesting is to feel if they have changed from the “shiny hard slick” feel to what I call “soft velvety” feel — I think of it kind of like ripe pear to ripe peach — if you apply pressure with your finger, it will give, but if really ripe, then it will bruise. So I try not to actually “squeeze”.....
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I used to grow Dagma's Perfection - a very pretty light-yellow with a red blush, a soft and tender fruit. As I understand the story, Perfection was a UK commercial variety and this was a selection from that. Two years running, I had big problems with slugs on those plants! I later realized that the location beside the lawn was the problem with the slugs invading from the grass. By that time, I'd become discouraged from having the variety ... should probably order more seed :? .

Pests can sure upset the apple cart ... or, the tomato basket, right AppleStar? However, it is said that the biggest danger in the garden is a gardener dragging a hose.

One of my Amy Sue plants is potted and with 3 other tomatoes at the foot of my backsteps. All are outgrowing their cages and doing better there right now than the plants in the open garden. I was out yesterday trying to push a final branch back inside the cage before I put some tall stakes in the pots. Wouldn't you know, I broke it! Oh well, other parts of the plant are doing just fine and there are 6 remaining fruits, green. I think that I broke off many of the late flowers ...

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Today, the stumper is looking like it is going to be red after all, even though it’s a bit wishywashy still.
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...you can see the difference among the cherries — two leftmost fruits are red, the rest in the row are pink, in the next row, the one on the left is a yellow, the rest are white. Later, I will check the epi on this one to see if it is yellow = red, clear = pink....

That being the case, here is the likeliest possible to my mind — a Mikhalych. The first example I have is a double size/boat she-, but it also has that funny puckered dimple. It’ll be great if Mikhalych, because it’s one of the varieties DH liked a lot before.

Earliest to ripen, according to this —

Subject: Applestar's 2017 Tomatoes (and peppers and eggplants)
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applestar wrote:First of the large fruited varieties to ripen -- 
Mikhalych (tb 2016) in the Sunflower House
-- it's a lumpy fused blossom fruit -- red and almost full ripe on one side but not on the other ...

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(...oh yes, those black-looking --actually very dark brown-- things to the left are seriously mite damaged but ripe Pasilla Bajio peppers fruits from overwintered 2015 plant.)
Subject: Largest tomato of 2017 thread
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applestar wrote:My current largest is not quite 1 Lb -- 15.6 oz Mikhalych picked today blushed -- it will be a few days before it will be fully ripe.

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applestar wrote: - Ramallet D’es Figueral (gerardo'Nov 2016)
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Gerardo also sent the seeds for
- Mucha Miel
- Mikhalych (...but I grew the seeds from tillyboris)
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DigitS’ — haha you posted while I was composing my novella. Tomato vines are so unwieldy! They seem flexible, and they are near the end — and soft and easily bruised or torn, but they become less pliableand it’s not easy to tell where the change occurs ... the angle of the leaf and stem branches are important — as are fruit stems — push in the opposite direction and snap! I keep breaking off way too green and tiny to be any good fruits, every time I try to adjust or reach in or tie up to a support.... :roll:

Amy Sue and The Witz — I have to grow them again. :D
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I’m harvesting lots of blackberries now even though I’m only picking ones that I can reach.

Also had to show the “mushroom that could” — another shiitake popped up from my home made substrate. :D ...I picked it even though it could have grown a bit bigger in another day, and chopped it up and cooked it into a pasta sauce with the lopped tops of the Brussels Sprout stalks. The tender baby cabbage that forms at the top always gets eaten up by the caterpillars, so I decided to go ahead and lop them off now — the sprouts are already starting to button, so — even though it’s the middle of the summer — I’m hoping to hurry up the process. i’ve Also cut off the leaves from the sprouts that are about pea to marble-sized.

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The Brussels sprout tops were full of tiny little caterpillars — dunk and swished in 3 changes of water in 2 gallon buckets, then just for our peace of mind, par-boiled them in salted boiling water and looked (no worms :lol: ), then chopped and sautéed in sweet pepper oil and butter with sausage and meatballs, onions, and the shiitake before adding the tomato sauce.
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Funeral song for the (not so dear) departed .... :twisted:
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...left one is an obviously spent cabbageworm with parasitic wasps larvae emerging to pupate.
...right shows a blackened cabbageworm hanging — most likely due to Bt infection (I’ve been forced to use it since I haven’t been able to get out and work in the garden in the way I would have wished), but could have been sucked dry by a predator. 2nd tiny caterpillar looks to me to be diseased, and I’m not sure what that is but there is an insect lurking in the shadows.... :eek:
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I picked my first Garden Peach tomato today. It was a runt, but wasn't gonna waste it.....but it was wasted anyway. Wouldn't you know a WORM WAS ON IT??? AARRGGH. :evil: Had to throw it out! :cry: There has been some kind of green grasshoppers eating in my garden. I hand pick them and send them to their death in the chicken coop. :twisted: Heh-heh, they don't last five seconds in there!

Speaking of fragile tomato plants, my Ketchup tomato is pretty bad. It's not a vining type, it's a pretty short determinate type. But boy, it's branches break so easily! This spring I had a young plant in a pot ready to be transplanted and a gust of wind knocked it off the table, causing the plant to shatter into a million pieces as if it were made of glass! :eek:

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Here are two of the Hestia F1 Brussels Sprouts in a KG.Patio SIP that seem to be starting to form sprouts. These are two of the plants that I lopped the top from as mentioned above.
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...the white powdery stuff is Surround kaolin clay mixed with thuricide/Bt. I usually end up with milkweed growing from between the patio bricks in this corner, but I pulled them all when I realized I was going to end up having to use Bt so the Monarch butterflies won’t be affected From using them for their babies.
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Around 7am, I was looking out of the window when I first woke up, trying to decide if I really wanted/needed to go out this morning when it was already 78°F with forecasted heat index of 104°F in the afternoon.... and I thought I might have a hornworm out there — half of my Goldfish (Orange fruited Fish sport) plant leaves were GONE! (And of course it was the better variegated of the two plants in the pot)

(Mind you ...this might be my garden’s idea of a joke after I implied last night that I might be willing to eat a hornworm if it had been raised on special diet of young hot pepper leaves and some ripe tomatoes and peppers :roll: )

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— after a closer look at the crime scene, preliminary findings point to a bold rabbit — the potted pepper on a toddler garden bench was the worst mangled victim, but Brussels sprout and cabbage in the cedar barrel planter were significantly munched and so was a cabbage in a Rubbermaid tote SIP — both of which required the perpetuator to stand on hind legs and possible jump up. An empty pot next to the SIP had been knocked over. (Yeah, the patio is a sight afa weeds go — lowest on my priorities right now while I’m trying to catch up with basic food garden care....)

...looking at the top photo, hmmm do you think a rabbit would have ignored the carrot leaves in the front? Could this have been the work of a groundHOG? But I think they would have eaten more....? Or are we back to raccoons? — Every time there has been a raccoon raid, I find dead goldfish in the big holding tub, and I did find one floating this morning.

Here is a photo of the holding tub, and a representative photo of a bucket — all my buckets with reserved rainwater have feeder comet goldfish and rosy minnows in them for mosquito control. Short pieces of garden hose and tubing use siphon effect for keeping multiple buckets at same water level.
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I do use wire shelving over the big tub to protect them, but it’s possible the raccoons mess with them and injure them or scare them to death (yes, it’s possible, I’ve seen it happen).


...I should pay more attention to the kitties when they are showing inordinate interest in looking out of the windows. One of them even pushed her way to a window that is blocked by various objects yesterday — but that was during daytime.
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I have seen a hornworm eating on a very hot pepper in the past, a chiltepin pepper I believe. How in the world the worm didn't turn red and flame up I don't know!! :shock: :|

Maybe you should invest in those motion activated water squirters, @Applestar. Place them around your fishes and plants, and when an animal walks by..... SQUIRT! :lol: Also pour some ammonia around. @Nobody said try laying some dog or human hair around.

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Thanks for the ideas @TomatoNut95. I might try the squirter if I ever get around to assembling an automatic irrigation system. For now, I prefer to shut all the hose bib off when I’m not outside.... I know ammonia has been suggested as useful gardening tool (fertilizer, too) and while I appreciate the suggestions, my chemical sensitivities include ammonia, so that’s a no. :? I actually do spread my own hair and DD’s hair around sometimes. I have a thing about all the chemicals used at hair salons and even barber shops sometimes though I agree permed hair is plenty smelly haha. :wink:
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Ok, scratch the ammonia..., what about soap? Also, if you grow any hot peppers, crush them into liquid and spritz here and there. One lick should send ANYTHING off! I know it would me, I can't stand hot peppers. I like Jalapeno Cheetos and other chips, but when it comes to fresh hot peppers....no way.

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I might be melting from all the heat, but the melons and watermelons are loving it and taking off.

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- top right photo, the left “row” — actually an outer spiral arc in the Spiral Garden — those are some kind of C.maxima squash I believe.
- What I have been wanting to do for the past almost 2 weeks and haven’t had the chance, is to lay the black weed barrier down under those vines. Original plan was to pull the weeds and strawberries as the vines grew, but I wasn’t able to keep up with them. I have decided that I might smother all the (mostly wild, some Sea Scape) strawberries here since strawberries don’t need to grow in one of my best and sunniest garden beds.
- Surround sprayed on the melons and watermelons was mixed with some milk, Potassium bicarbonate, and Epsom salts.
- I sprayed the Surround + Bt mixture on the C.maxima, especially the base of the vines, and tried to spray INTO any splits or sawdust/burrowed holes in the already infested C.pepo squash vines growing elsewhere :|
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Last night we had a bit of rain storm that rapidly cooled the sweltering 90’s temp down to mid-low 70’s, which was a cause for celebration, but I was left a bit worried because the motion activated LED light strip kept turning on. I had hoped that the “masked midnight marauders” had been dealt with or have gone away, certainly not be on the prowl on a stormy night.

So this morning when I saw that several of the container plants including the heavy Rosemary pot has been flung down to the ground, I was seriously worried and hurried outside.

In addition to the container plants, 2 of the Pink and Purple Mexican corn were down! Unless it had been raccoons and they climbed the corn and pushed them over, I thought there must have been some wind that I didn’t know about (later I looked it up and the storm had been accompanied by wind gusts of 24 mph).

While I was assessing the situation, a hummingbird flew over to me, and then hovered in the middle distance to the fence. :D She eventually went to the female cucumber blossom you can see behind her and took a few sips, then flew off (I captured some of her flight on a Live Photo sequence O:) ) She distracted me and I was too intent on getting the corn back upright so I didn’t take more pictures of the corn while they were down, but I took the second photo from where the corn had been nearly touching the ground.

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- I had chance to look at them closely, and there are no signs of silks or tasseling — this is a very late maturing corn.

There were tomatoes that had been insufficiently supported that needed to be tied up... and just now I’m remembering that I forgot to take care of another one at had meant to... :?
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I really would have been happy not to see the stalk borer this year — they do seem to somehow target the VIP’s on my grow list every year — lsst year was one of the Bill’s Striped peppers, and the year before that was my Wild Rosa tomato :arrow: Subject: STALK BORER in my Tomato , Potato, PEPPER

This year, it attacked the only Fish pepper I am growing for comparing with the four Goldfish (Fish sport). I was about to finish up and go inside when I noticed the telltale sawdust/frass on the stem —

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- LEFT : took a photo of the entire plant before having to cut it down — superficially, it looks fine
- CENTER-TOP : sawdust/frass and black bore hole
- CENTER-BOTTOM : stem Cut below the bore hole — chewed hollow stem is revealed
- RIGHT-TOP : managed to "find" the borer after two 1/2 inch segments were cut from the stem above the bore hole
- RIGHT-BOTTOM : Cut and split open stem to reveal/extract the borer

...At least I caught it in time— I trimmed the hollow stems down to solid healthy stem and there are several very variegated growths that had already started to grow from the leafnodes lower down the stem, so I think it will grow back, just significantly delayed since the plant was just about to open the first blossom with at least another 1/2 dozen flower buds.
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Oh wow, sorry your stuff fell over. But lest you go some rain and cooler temps! :)

A couple of years ago....or was that last year.....my greenhouse blew over 'cause a tornado came dangerously close to my house. Had to tape up all the holes in it. Will not be using that same greenhouse next year, the plastic won't go another year. Cheap.

Pink corn??? Wow; soft pink or like hot pink? So wanna see pics of that when it's ready! So have you ever grown that Glass Gem corn? I'd like to grow corn, but won't fit in my raised bed. I have heard of dwarf corn, but it doesn't sound like you can just cook and eat the kernels like regular yellow corn, I think you're supposed to pop it, or make cornmeal.

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applestar wrote:We had heavy frost this morning. Yesterday, I scrambled to harvest most of everything that were left —

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...in spite of the unfavorable location and neglect and squirrels :evil: two of the Pink and Purple Mexican corn managed to completely mature, with dried out husks, and yielded enough for me to save for seed corn.
Too many photos in the Glass Gem thread to copy here :arrow: Subject: First Glass Gem Corn Harvest
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applestar wrote:This one’s turning red. Helsing Junction Blues is becoming very likely...

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Harvested that first fruit. Just had to take a photo of the color-match/comparison with the blackberries

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That is just gorgeous! I am SO in love with that cherry! Blue Berries from Baker is now on my to-get list for 2020! :-()

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First Prudens Black harvested — good thing I did, too, because I only saw that it had split from last night’s rain AFTER I cut it off and turned it over :shock:
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— when it’s only a “skin-deep” split like this, I wash well with water, wrap with a paper dinner napkin or paper towel, then put on a rack or in a basket in the kitchen or other designated location with good air flow, out of direct sunlight. This keeps out possible insects like fruit flies, gnats, or ants that might be around, also seems to forestall molding, and the crack sometimes can skin over and heal, allowing the fruit to fully ripen.
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I forgot that In addition to Ernie’s Plump and Charlie Chaplin, there was another piriform/pouch type variety that these could be since it has ripened red — Canestrino Della Garfagnana.

Has anyone grown both Ernie’s Plump and Canestrino Della Garfagnana and could help me make a comparison? I’m thinking Ernie’s Plump is ribbed but not as fluted/pleated as these in the BOTTOM-CENTER — the pleated shoulders are more like Charlie Chaplin and Canestrino Della Garfagnana

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...If any of these ripen pink, then Gezahnte is the likely variety.

...note the flower shaped sun-print “tan” line where the stem/calyx was removed on the antho variety (Helsing Junction Blue?)


There was a full sized cucumber hiding — maybe I missed it before because it was camouflaged next to the variegated tomato leaves this should be Pickarow or Littleleaf — I’m thinking Pickarow
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The cucumber vines growing up the new trellis along VGC have started producing female blossoms — not long now :-()

...oh, and this is what happens when you skip harvesting blackberries for ONE DAY when they are at their peak — picked only the blackest, ripest ones I could reach and harvested 1 gallon or more. I cooked and strained the least attractive ones to make some clear juice for drinking (sweetened with toasted sugar) and gelatin mold sweetened with honey.
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I think the raccoon are back — these three bog-plant containers were pushed over/pushed into the pond this morning

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Also, if you remember?
Applestar wrote:...Or are we back to raccoons? — Every time there has been a raccoon raid, I find dead goldfish in the big holding tub, and I did find one floating this morning.
...well, this morning, there were 5 floaters — one a nice comet ‘baby koi with black fin markings. :evil:

There didn’t seem to be any damage in the corn patch, though, so maybe the bright LED motion activated light strips by the corn patch and by the pond were effective to some extent. Maybe I should put more out there.

... They didn’t mess with the pepper and coffee plants in the gravel bog filter...
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I think coffee was supposed to be a critter ridder. Maybe if you tried sprinkling coffee grounds around?

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