summerset wrote:I am so pleased to hear about the vegetable and egg water and the milk and oil. What a cool idea. And me throwing that water down the drain all this while.
And if you don't need the veggie or egg water you can freeze it (in your case you can probably just put it outside!) and save it or use it as a base for making soup. I've got more ideas like that. I thought I'd be Mother Earth when my kids were small.
summerset wrote:As for compost, we have problems with composting here. My neighbor is willing to give me all the horse manure I would want, but it is so filled with weeds, I have ceased using that as well.
The compost would really need to heat up to kill the weed seeds and I'm sure that's not possible where you live.
summerset wrote:I use Black gold dirt from the nursery. And thus add fertilizer. I am in hopes that that dirt along with more natural fertilizer will prevent me from having to do the compost pile which here takes so very long (years) to really make.
For your potted plants that should be just fine. I'm thinking you don't plant much of anything in the ground
summerset wrote:Another question, would using tomato set spray increase my tomato production? I have not used this product, but have looked at it many times. Currently I shake my vines a couple of times a day and tickle the flowers with a small paint brush and about one half of the flowers make fruit.
I've not used that product and don't really know much about it. Try a google search and see what you come up with. Maybe search with:
tomato set spray + works
and you might get some user comments.
summerset wrote: I read long ago that to ripen tomatoes need a bit of dark but have never found that anywhere else since. Is there any truth to that?
Tomatoes need warmth to ripen, not dark. Once picked they will ripen better in dark. Maybe that's what it was about. That is why I recommended that you wrap any that are green in newspaper at the end of the season.
opabinia wrote: One note on something that you mentioned above; that the plants are a jungle by the time that you move them outside; As you seedlings are growing pinch off any growth that occurs between the main branches and the stem (called suckering). This will divert the plants energy into make more tomatoes and also to ripening the tomatoes that are on the vine.
Scroll down to pictures 10 and 11 here to see what Opabinia is talking about.
summerset wrote:This is a very nice site btw, I do plan to stay active. I did a search for fuschias and found no discussion, care to point me to the proper section to post about my fuchsia I am wintering over?
I'm so glad you like it here. We try hard to help folks and it's nice to know it's helpful and appreciated.
Since you are growing your fuchsia in a contatiner, post it in the Container Garden forum and I'll stop over there and give it a whirl.