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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Looks like we may be having a short growing season for the garden...

NOT because of the weather, which has been plenty warm and even having rains that have been almost perfectly spaced,

BUT because of the pesky spider mites which have already killed one tomato plant and crippled several other plants....

The tomatoes are ripening at a remarkable rate, but the harvest may be short lived, and we'll need to pull up plants with a really bad infestation...

I could never make it as a commercial grower. The risks they take to get food on our tables are daunting, and I can especially appreciate the hard work because I see it on a miniature scale here in my own garden.

But Oh! the taste of home grown tomatoes! There's nothing like it!
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ELAINEANNE1 6/20/2013 3:57PM

    I tried growing tomatoes last year, I brought a tomato pack from the shop not really expecting much but they did come up and were doing well until the rain started and after that they did nothing it so disappointing. I have some strawberries in pots hoping they do well.
Take care and hope you have a good summer. emoticon

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KELLYIM 6/20/2013 12:36PM

    Oh no! We have about 8 heirloom tomato plants growing, which are already more susceptible to pests and disease anyway. My fingers are crossed that you wind up with some tomatoes in the end!

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WILLITWORK1 6/20/2013 8:15AM

    YIKES! We spray with ivory soap. Hope you can wash those pests away.

All we have so far are little tiny green ones. The deer topped my plants so they had to start again from about 6". Did get one squash yesterday and cooked it with a bit of onion............I left off my favorite butter and cheese and we all enjoyed it!

Happy gardening!

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JACKSGRAN 6/20/2013 2:51AM

    Yum! Freshly sliced tomatoes with a sprinkling of black pepper and some torn fresh basil leaves. Nothing better.

Sorry about your spiders

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BLUEANGELLK 6/19/2013 8:51PM

    Hope you get something for all your hard work

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CLPURNELL 6/19/2013 8:48PM

    Hopefully you will harvest some beauties!

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WALLAHALLA 6/19/2013 8:26PM

    Ladybugs take care of a lot of those problems. A lot of farmers import them,

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SUNSHINE99999 6/19/2013 8:07PM

  love those home grown tomatoes. emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 6/19/2013 7:46PM

    A emoticon not fair!
I appreciate commercial farmers too.

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LJOYCE55 6/19/2013 7:42PM

  Hope you save at least one plant through to harvest.

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