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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:13 pm 
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My tomato plants are enormous, they are huge and leggy and bright, healthy green and covered with green tomatoes and NOT ONE ripe tomato yet and I should have had some weeks ago.

The gardening guy in the paper says it's a bad year for tomatoes. I bet mine will get blight before I even have ONE tomato.

Durn. :rage:

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But if you've got green ones, that's a good start, isn't it? Season isn't over yet. :)

But if all else fails, you can harvest them green, and either use them as green tomatoes, or leave them to ripen indoors, which they usually do.

We've got six tomato plants, and another one or two ripe on each of them each day at the moment.

We're having tomato soup twice a week at the moment. :blackeye: :D

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I've discovered that cherry tomatoes do well in containers, romas don't do as well, and better boys barely produced any. But it was fun to try. :D

But now that we have our own house, we'll start a garden in the ground. :banana: I also have to learn a bit about the flowers and shrubs that I have here and there around the yard. I really don't have much gardening experience, so I have a lot to learn. The former owners of this house told us that they let their grandkids plant lots of bulbs in one plot near the fence, so it will be fun to see what comes up in the spring. I also have a couple rose bushes, some sunflowers and some type of palm fern. A lot of weeding to do, since the house has been empty for so long before we were able to move in.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:48 pm 
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Does anyone here have experience growing blackcurrants?

Should we prune back the branches that bore fruit this year?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:01 pm 
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I have a lot of experience eating black currants, if that helps. :) They are great just mashed with sugar, like uncooked jam.

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Eleven years later, thread revived! I love it! :D

I've never even seen a currant, much less tended a tree. No help here. :(


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I had wild red currants, red elderberries, raspberries, high bush cranberries, and low bush cranberries in my yard in Alaska. The moose pruned everything, so I didn't have to :P

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:47 am 
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The RATS are pruning our tomatoes. :x Too many chicken coops and untended compost heaps nearby. Aarggghhh!

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Live traps work on rats. They figure out kill traps very quickly. Catch them live and then drown them. That's what we used to do when we had a rat problem in our chicken house. Then we got a rat terrier and she exterminated them. Several years after she died of old age, we still don't have rats. Either the cats have taken up the slack or word spread in the rat population that our place was not a safe place to visit.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:24 pm 
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That's too harrowing for us, Maria, especially since we've had beloved pet rats in the past. We're city folk. We're just going to be attentive about harvesting the tomatoes and hope the rats will wander on to richer pickings elsewhere.

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