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bluemoons
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Too much water could be the culprit. That’s the only thing that has ever really stunted mine.


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Ollie1968
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Millbrook, AL via New Iberia, LA
Member since Dec 2009
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Looking good. My garden is starting to produce a little: squash, zucchini, pole beans. Tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon are starting up. Bell peppers, hot peppers, and eggplants taking their time. Surprisingly, pods developing on 12 inch okra plants (hybrid gumbo variety). First time trying these, may be in for a long year. Thanks for sharing.

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bluemoons
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Looks fantastic. That's some massive tomatoes!


. Highly recommend that Fred's Tie Dye variety. They produce some giants and they taste awesome. I also need to credit lsuson's advice years ago about using a toothbrush to pollinate the tomatoes. That has easily increased my tomato production two fold.


ClampClampington
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re: 2020 Garden Thread


Anyone have an idea what might be going on here, or if I need to do anything? Pickle cucumber plant. I didn't notice this yesterday, it's definitely come on within the past few days.

We haven't seen the sun in what feels like two weeks and its been cool/rainy, but my potted vegs don't get hit with any rain

Only on one leaf
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PillageUrVillage
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Member since Mar 2011
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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I also need to credit lsuson's advice years ago about using a toothbrush to pollinate the tomatoes. That has easily increased my tomato production two fold.


Yes! Same here. I’ve never had tomato plants this loaded down.


DomincDecoco
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Member since Oct 2018
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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I also need to credit lsuson's advice years ago about using a toothbrush to pollinate the tomatoes.


I know the concept, but did he post a certain way or time to do it?

Always have been nervous about jabbing at the flowers


fjlee90
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Baton Rouge
Member since Nov 2016
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Looking for a little guidance. Tomato plants are starting to look a little rough. Any ideas as to what this could be?

Newer flowers are turning yellow at the stem and falling off.





bluemoons
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Take an electric toothbrush and bump the flower clusters with it. You’ll see the flowers release the pollen. I find that it works better in the middle of the day when it’s dry. Rain or humidity makes the pollen get kinda hung up.


DomincDecoco
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
aha! glad i asked...so no actual touching of the inside of the flower then?


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Nope. I think it recommended that you don’t do that, actually.


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PillageUrVillage
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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Newer flowers are turning yellow at the stem and falling off.


Most of the time that’s temperature related. Especially this time of year as it gets hotter. It could be some nutrient deficiency that could cause it, or insect or disease damage. But I’m gonna say high temps on this one.

As far as your other problems, looks like maybe leaf spot or bacterial speck. Maybe some fungal issues. Mix 3% peroxide (if you can find any ) at a rate of 1 cup per gallon of water and spray your plants. That should help stop the spread. Wait one day, then spray liquid copper fungicide. Liquid copper is a fungicide, but it’s also effective agains bacterial disease.


deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Looks like Early Blight. Hope I'm wrong. I couldnt grow tomatoes at my last house at all, because of it. Neighbors couldn't either. My new house about 30 miles away hasn't gotten it in 3 years.

You'll need to find blight-resistant strains for the future, if this turns out to be blight.

Good reading here - U of NM article LINK
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BlackCoffeeKid
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Thibodaux/Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2016
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Just came to the realization that I'm probably going to have to shoot the small family of rabbits that often frequent my yard.

Sigh.


PillageUrVillage
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Member since Mar 2011
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
Holy smokes my Roma plants are loaded. Didn’t realize how many there were until I took a closer look. Not all 8 plants are like this, but close.



ETA: The busy bees are back at it this morning. But this time, instead of bumble bees, I have honey bees!



Saw a couple of bumble bees, too.
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Cowboyfan89
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Member since Sep 2015
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
That's what my romas look like right now. I've picked 5.5 lbs of romas this week, and there has to be 4 times that on the plants still. We've picked 8 lbs of cherokee purples so far as well. More damn tomatoes than I know what to do with...

Pulled all of my green beans today after my last picking. They were starting to decline, and the bean crop was getting weak. Still, after only picking 3 lbs last year, with only double the plants, we picked over 11 lbs.


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ChenierauTigre
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Dreamland
Member since Dec 2007
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
My romas are loaded too. This is the first year in the last three that I have seen honeybees in my garden. I wonder if that is why. I don't know how the plants can hold all that.


PillageUrVillage
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
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My romas are loaded too. This is the first year in the last three that I have seen honeybees in my garden. I wonder if that is why. I don't know how the plants can hold all that.


Maybe I’m just a nerd, but I really enjoy watching them work. They are fascinating creatures. And there’s also the whole importance to our economy and food supply thing. I’ve seen them on my tomatoes a couple times, so that’s probably helping with the yield.

ETA: Go away, squirrels!
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lsuson
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
This. I have an electric toothbrush specifically for toms. I sometimes use a small brush on cuce plants if I don't see bees.


cgrand
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re: 2020 Garden Thread
I have a large hanging feeder within hose nozzle range of my chair out on the deck. Hours of fun and harmless

I caught one broadside yesterday and blasted him clean off the feeder


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