JayPoc
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applestar wrote:That rock wall (?) should keep them warm. 8)
Have you posted photos of the rest of your garden? Curious now.... :wink:

I'd love to see progress photos. :D
Hmm...sure I have, but I can post them here again. I like to show it off, humble as it may be. Basically, my house is on a flat spot they blasted out of a shale hill, so very little actual dirt anywhere. You can't generally dig more than 2 or 3 inches before hitting solid shale.

The tomato patch pictured above is right behind my house. The wall you see is a retaining wall about 3.5 or 4 feet tall at the highest that separates my back patio area from the back yard, which is at about eye level if you walk out the back door. Another shot of that area:
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Up above the wall is my most recent "bed". I dug that out and have planted corns, beans, and collards here over the last couple of years. This area is at the top of the wall at about eye level:
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This bed is up in the middle of the yard. 4 feet by 8 feet:
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My "main" bed is about 16 feet long by 6 feet wide. Its above the main portion of my retaining wall which is a typical block wall. The far end of this bed is where I put my hoop house in the fall.:
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I also have a few other beds tucked into various recesses in the retaining wall system, and I also have a LOT of containers.:
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I have one additional bed out in the front yard that is about 15 feet long by 5 feet wide, but no pictures at the moment.

Finally, since this is the mater board, lets finish off with a money shot of a cluster of sleeping lady from last year.:
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Continue to update it! I'm following this progress! :D

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Two weeks later:

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I've trimmed off the bottom most branches that were touching or nearly touching the ground. I'm going to cage them up this afternoon weather permitting.

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blossoms!

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Ok...another two weeks has passed. Some of my earliest blossoms dropped, due (I think) to a couple of really cool nights. Things are looking good though now....

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Planted these this past week:
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yellow dragon in the front and my mystery potato leaf in the rear.

And my supersweet cherries in buckets (with a few picklebush cukes in the foreground):
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I also put a Cherokee Purple in the ground today, but I already took the camera back in the house...I'll show that in my next update. Also, I had a neat find today that I posted about on the other tomato board.

I have two other "full sized" plants to get in the ground tomorrow, and several dwarfs in the coming week or two...

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GO for me was a slightly smaller plant, though more productive in fruit. But Lehrers gave mi biggest fruit at over 2 lbs last year.

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I realized it had been a while since my last update...

my "main patch". I guess you could say they've taken off:
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And the bed with my mystery potato leaf and yellow dargon:
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I have several other plants going in other areas....a most pitiful looking whispy Sgt. Peppers that already has a handful of chicken egg sized fruit, a cherokee purple, and a german johnson. I also have 2 supersweet cherry tomatoes going as well...

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Wow that potato leaf tomato has MASSIVE foliage :shock:
They really like those in the southern/hotter areas because those leaves shade the fruits from scorching in the sun. Can wait to see what it produces. 8)

In the main patch, what is holding up the wire fencing? I assume you are using that to support the tomato vines. They are going to get heavy....
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applestar wrote:Wow that potato leaf tomato has MASSIVE foliage :shock:
They really like those in the southern/hotter areas because those leaves shade the fruits from scorching in the sun. Can wait to see what it produces. 8)

In the main patch, what is holding up the wire fencing? I assume you are using that to support the tomato vines. They are going to get heavy....
I think I have some pics still up on the heirloom forum that shows what the "mystery potato leaf" produced for me last year.

In the main patch, that wire fence is resting across the top of regular 52" big box store tomato cages like the ones in the bottom picture. Each plant has its own cage, and then the fencing is laid across the top and zip tied in a few places to each cage sort of tying the whole thing together. First time I've tried it this way. We'll see how it goes....

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Hello ,
Hope that everyone is having a great season !

I got started a lil late this year but so far no complaints,

You all have some awesome plants !
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