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LSUlefty
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Youngsville, LA
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
We go a month without rain and it's coming down in buckets now. Lol. I'll probably be picking green tomatoes to avoid splitting this weekend.


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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Anyone have any suggestions for getting rid of stink bugs in tomatoes?


Permethrin is very effective if you don’t care about being organic. Pyrethrin works also and is considered organic. But it’s kill window is shorter.

One natural way to help reduce the population is to hang a dim light outside at night over a bowl of soapy water. Stink bugs will be attracted to the light and fall in the soapy water and drown.


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HailToTheChiz
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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I'll probably be picking green tomatoes to avoid splitting this weekend.


is this a legit concern? if so i may be doing the same


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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is this a legit concern?


Yep. I wanted to do it yesterday afternoon, but the rain never let up. As soon as it let up this morning I went and picked them. They were already splitting.



bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I pulled 3 of mine.


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bluemoons
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the marsh
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I picked a bunch as well. Lots had already split pretty badly. Just finished making about 3 gallons of salsa ha.


bbqit01
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Next time you plant tomatoes put a tum in the hole. It’s all but pure calcium and prevents tomato splitting.


TigerBait1971
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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tum in the hole.


A what?


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bluemoons
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the marsh
Member since Oct 2012
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I don’t think my splitting was a calcium issue. I had no BER all year and my soil is heavily amended with calcium in various forms. I just think it was because of the extended dry spell we’ve had in my area and the huge amount of rain we’re getting now.


bbqit01
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Member since May 2019
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Tomato growing faster than the skin happens. Antacid tablet does help that. I haven’t had a split this year. Too much fertilizer can cause it. Too dry, too wet. Lots of things can cause it but calcium can deter the problem


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HailToTheChiz
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Back in Auburn
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
dang.

i'll need to check mine after work. rained all night and morning


Stateguy
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2006
674 posts

re: 2019 Garden Thread
do I need to worry about tomatoes busting open if I have a raised garden bed? Seems to drain well enough


nismosao
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Slidell
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Yes you do. Especially if it has been real dry before all of the rain.


lsuson
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NOLA
Member since Oct 2013
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Anyone else have a ton of tomatoes ripening at the same time and can’t eat them fast enough?


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I’ve been blanching, peeling, and freezing most of mine. For salsa and sauce to be made later.


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
I wanted to share with y’all what appears to be a pretty effective insect control spray that I used yesterday evening. I have been seeing an increase in stink bugs and ants (mostly on my okra plants). While searching for organic control methods for stink bugs, I came across this stuff by Safer Brand called End All.


It’s active ingredients are neem oil, insecticidal soap, and pyrethrin.

Just so happens, I have all of that (well, sort of. I have castile soap).

So I mixed up a gallon in my pump sprayer.




1 oz of neem oil, 1.5 oz of pyrethrin, and 1 oz of castile soap in a gallon of water. All of the ants died almost immediately. Within a few minutes I saw a few dead stink bugs on the ground. Also noticed a few cucumber beetles on the ground. So, it was very effective.

Pyrethrin is very toxic to bees. So if you ever use it, do it in the evening when they are no longer active. It will no longer be toxic by morning.


HailToTheChiz
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Thanks! Will try it out


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HailToTheChiz
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
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Anyone else have a ton of tomatoes ripening at the same time and can’t eat them fast enough?



I have a bunch of green but no red


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dallasga6
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Member since Mar 2009
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Thought I'd post a coupla pics. NW of Atlanta so way behind you Louisiana guys...

Garden... zucchini, squash, kale, cukes on fence, eggplant, 25 tomatoes(cherry, Cherokee purple, better boy and beefsteak), 15 peppers(Car. reaper, habanero, tabasco, banana,cayenne and bells) along with contender bush beans...



1st harvest yesterday...

This post was edited on 6/10 at 10:13 am


BottomlandBrew
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Member since Aug 2010
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re: 2019 Garden Thread
Anyone have a good organic fungicide recommendation? I'm battling a powdery mildew infection on my squash.


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