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BallsEleven
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
I know what you mean

I would start with Georgia Home Grown Tomatoes - UGA if I were you.

It looks like a great resource similar to LSUAg about good varieties in your area and common diseases to look out for.

I also found Home Gardening - UGA that has some general guidelines as well.


bluemoons
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Tomatoes are one of the more frustrating things to grow for me. Diseases and pests are killer in SELA.

I started my pepper seeds tonight. I’m growing these varieties this year:

Nikita
Islander
Big Red
Escamillo
Corno di Toro Giallo
Carmen
Jimmy Nardello
Giant Marconi
Hungarian Hot Wax
Big Guy Jalapeño
Mohawk
Redskin


BallsEleven
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I guess I meant easy to germinate. I haven't had a ton of experience after that but mine were growing like weeds before the first frost this winter.

I'll probably start some seeds tonight. Just have to think about which ones exactly. My tabasco peppers are going strong in some peat pots.

For fun I threw a couple of tangerine seeds into some pots a few weeks ago and they ended up sprouting. One there is a decent chance it will end up tangerine since there is nothing else around it. The other maybe 50/50 chance of tangerine or a mix with lemon.

Guess I get to wait around for a couple of years for them to fruit and see what happens



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PillageUrVillage
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Grow some of the more rarer types."


Paul Robeson is always the first one I recommend. It’s probably the most delicious tomato I’ve ever eaten. Not the easiest to grow. I’ve tried several times and only had 1 really successful season. I’ve always wanted to try to grow Atomic Grape. Blue Beauty is another interesting looking tomato. May try some in a container this year.

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So after looking at seeds on Reimer seeds


I don’t know if any of those are sold by Reimer. But be careful ordering anything from them. On more than one occasion they sent me mislabeled seeds.

Baker Creek (rareseeds.com) will probably have the most interesting selection.
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PillageUrVillage
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If anyone is looking for a good deal on peat pots, I found these on amazon. 60 x 4” pots for $14 with prime.

Growneer 4” peat pots

I was going to get the 30 pack, but it’s cheaper for the 60 pack.

They have pretty good deals on their other sizes, too.


BallsEleven
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Damn good find!


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eng08
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I got a soil blocker tool and haven’t bought pots in 4 years. I’m also still on my first big bag of peat and vermiculite, but buy a new bag of compost each year.

It’s a little trickier watering but it’s much easier than lots of little pots/cups


CDH1990
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This past fall/winter was my first time starting my own compost. I plan on planting already started vegetables (from local feed store) in the spring for a 6' x 12' raised garden. Probably a dumb question but, when do I add my compost? When I add my soil, do I go ahead and mix the compost in evenly?


eng08
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I mix into the soil a few weeks before planting, then side dress plants when they start fruiting or whatever schedule is recommended.


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FowlGuy
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Google Indian Stripe tomatoes. It’s my favorite tomato for slicing, rambles a Cherokee but doesn’t have all that cat facing where it grows ugly. It’s the meatiest tomato I have ever eaten and is delicious.


eng08
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Where do you get the seeds?


Kubotarip
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Try Hosstools.com they started selling seeds last year, geared towards the southern climate.


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lsuson
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Another thing about compost. If using an above ground bed, no need to put compost in and mix it all over. Just add it to the spots you think you are going to add plants. You’ll use less compost and you aren’t feeding weeds along the way. I’d also recommend everyone get soil tests done by the LSU ag center. Found out my soil had enough nutrients and more salt than I wanted. Therefore I bypassed any fertilizer in the fall and haven’t noticed any drop in production. I do also add vermicompost


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BallsEleven
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Y'all have any good salsa recipes?

I took my first crack at pepper jelly last weekend and it came out pretty damn good. I had some japapenos and cayenne still frozen (horrible idea since they were soft when thawed but found enough firm ones to do the jelly) that I had picked in the fall.


bluemoons
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I have mine written down at home, so I may be leaving a bit out.

1. 5-7 tomatoes depending on size, peeled and diced
2. 2-5 sweet peppers depending on size
3. 3-5 jalapenos or other hot peppers depending on heat tolerance
4. 1 red onion, diced
5. garlic powder, salt, cumin, and cilantro to taste
6. mix all of that in a blender or processor (I use a ninja because it's all we have) to your desired consistency
7. pour into a saucepan and simmer for half an hour or so, the liquid content is how you like.
8. when it's almost done simmering, squeeze in 4-6 limes depending on your taste.

I know that's a pretty loose recipe, but it literally changes every time I make it. People generally like the salsa I make though, and I get compliments on it often.

I also change it up sometimes by smoking the tomatoes and the peppers on my green egg prior to making the salsa. It doesn't take much. 15-20 minutes at 275 with moderate smoke, or until the tomato skins peel off easily. Don't over do it because a.) those vegetables absorb a lot of smoke, and b.) you'll turn the tomatoes to mush. Highly recommend.


BallsEleven
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it literally changes every time I make it


I do the same thing. Just have to go with what the gut is telling you

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I also change it up sometimes by smoking the tomatoes and the peppers on my green egg prior to making the salsa.


I remember you saying this in the other thread. I will have to try, thanks!


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brmach
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Havanna Tobacco


Don’t plant this anywhere near your tomatoes.


BallsEleven
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Is that because of worms or virus?


eng08
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Virus

Tobacco mosaic virus affects tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, ornamental flowers and can overwinter in the soil on leaves, seeds, etc.


BallsEleven
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Tobacco mosaic virus affects tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, ornamental flowers and can overwinter in the soil on leaves, seeds, etc.


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