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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/14/12 5:25 A

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with the night time temperatures dropping close to freezing I have had to move my orchids and some other potted plants inside and move my potted tomato plants etc. close to the house so I can cover them overnight. I still have a few tomatoes ripening.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
10/1/12 11:14 A

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I have some little red and yellow tomatoes (there are still a number of green ones) and my broccoli planted with them is still working on heading. I had to get a lot of little caterpillars off of the broccoli plants too in September.

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9/18/12 5:44 A

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Daylength is probably the most important factor. The short day bloomers are producing again. My broccoli is starting to head. Remember you want to harvest broccoli in the fairly early bud stage before it flowers, unless you are trying to let a plant set some seed (and then you could leave just a bottom rim of a head), for it to be better eating. My short day blooming tomatoes (grapes are an example) are producing their second crop too.

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9/16/12 6:09 A

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I am starting to have some little green tomatoes on my handfull of remaining plants that didn't get destroyed in the high winds earlier this summer. This includes a couple of tomato surprise seedlings I found sprouting earlier around where I had some plants last year.

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I hadn't been to the aquaponics/organic gardening in about a month. Last time, they had a huge grow bag set up out front. 8 foot diameter, 3 feet high, filled with their soil mix. Some seedlings were up about 1/2 inch tall here and there. I heard them say they needed to get the sunflower seeds planted.

Well I returned this morning and the sunflowers towered over everything so high, I thought Jack would be climbing down those stalks any minute. The flower heads were about to open. Many different herbs were growing around the bottom.

Impressive for the Florida heat!! I don't think anyone else would have started those seeds in August.

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If the problem is truly lack of pollinators, you can become your own pollinator on a small scale in your container garden with a child's pain brush. Brush over pollen and give a dusitng to other flowers. Mix it up!!

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8/26/12 12:33 P

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Well, I am going to have a light fall tomato crop because I lost so many plants to high winds this summer, but at least I still have a couple growing. The broccoli I planted in the same pots with the tomatoes did survive and mine is late heading too, but they are starting. The plants I put hair with to keep the deer from eating are still alive too.

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One of the nurseries was saying that the heat wave is responsible for the blossoms not staying on and to use an enzyme spray to help the blossoms stay on. Don't know if it works or not or what it was called but another nursery might know what he was talking about.


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My Mom is having the same problem. Plenty of buds but no tomatoes. She lives in a condo on the 8th floor. She feels it is because her container pots being so high off the ground that there are no bees pollinating the plant. My answer was come August she should start to see little tomatoes growing. Last year I got most of mine from my garden late Aug. or the beginning of September in my container pots.



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My tomatoes plants are 6 feet tall....some tomatoes on them around 2 feet off the ground and a few blooms at the top, but they aren't producing like I had hoped. Should I prune them back to around 4 feet?

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7/26/12 12:18 A

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Well, It seems like the deer did not like my hair. There were some fairly big, soggy wads left behind and I had distributed sort of a light film so that most of the plant was covered by it. Ae any rate the Mallo still has some leaves left on it.

All of the storm damage has been very hard on my tomatoes. I have never had this many plants with at least a good part of it dead. I need to try some heavy pruning to see if I can try to get them able to produce the fall crop.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
7/17/12 9:16 A

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One thing I did was spiked plants being eaten with my own hair cleaned from my hairbrush. I have fairly long very fine hair that am hoping will make the mallows, the strawberry plants and one other plant that was eaten much less appetising.

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SDANLSON Posts: 679
7/11/12 11:06 P

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The ISP had a lot of down time after the last storm, so sorry it took me so long to get back. My mother uses softener (I have always seemed to have allergies to something in a lot of them so I don't) and I can probably get some soap bars and string easily so I'll give it a try. Thanks for the info.

The second storm did a lot of tree damage and knocked lots of tomatoes off of my plants. I picked up any showing any color to let them ripen, but I will have a sparse crop in a couple of weeks because a number of tomatoes very early in development were also knocked off of the plants.

We had a lot of major tree damage with the second storm.

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Another thing you can use to repel deer is deodorant soap. Any cheap bar will do. Hang it around the plants in mesh bags or old pantyhose. We do this at the garden plots we rent from the park district which is near the forest preserve - lots of deer, raccoons, rabbits, you name it.
The deer will smell this and stay away (hunters stay away from scented laundry detergent, fabric softeners, and use unscented soap for their hair and skin before hunting, as the deer can smell the scents from regular soap and stay away).
And the great thing about it is if it rains, it just smells stronger and deters them even more. This works for us.
You can also use hair from a pet grooming place, as the dog hair smell would be similar to coyote, which they know to stay clear of.
If you want to spray something on, I use hinder. I bought it from Garden's Alive, though I think other seed catalogs carry it as well. It is the only deer and rabbit repellant safe to use on vegetables, other than home made concoctions. The main effect of this is though they can smell it, it makes the leaves taste bitter. The sooner you start this in the season, the more it deters them. If they already know the plants are tasty, they may keep coming back and trying. You also have to reapply it after a rain. If you have a fence around the area, you can tie strips of cloth to the fence and spray the hinder on them as well.
I should have a recipe for some deer or rabbit repellant that you can make yourself if anyone does want it. Common ingredients are hot peppers, garlic, eggs, and other ingredients that they don't usually care for. Adding a little bit of dish soap to the spray mixture helps it stick to the leaves better and doesn't harm the plants at all.
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6/29/12 8:54 A

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I will give it a try. Even if it doesn't work, it shouldn't hurt any thing. I will sprinkle some around my strawberry pots too. Here's hoping for success. Thanks for the suggestion.

I have lots of ripening tomatoes right now too!

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SDANLSON, We don't have many deer around here, but you might try sprinkling some cayenne pepper on them. That's my standard solution to pesky four legged pests such as cats, racoons etc.


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6/22/12 10:15 A

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With all of the heat we are having I am having to do lots of watering, but I am having lots of tomatoes ripening. The four in the window sill will probably be ready to eat in another day too. My potted herbs are also continuing to do well but some of my plants are not growing as well in all of this heat. Hopefully they will do better once it cools down a bit. Rain is in the forcast locally.

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In the last two days I have found four little tomatoes on the ground. I have them in a window sill and I am turning them regularly so they can finnish ripening. I have done this before so it does work and you know that tomatoes harvested for market are harvested a bit before they are fully ripe when they may need to be shipped long distances to stores or they might arrive in a condition unsuitable to go into the market racks/displays.

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6/19/12 8:30 A

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I have started picking and eating ripe tomatoes off of two varieties grape and another mini red

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6/14/12 11:31 P

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my tomatoes are doing ok, but deer ate my mallow again. All of the flowers and most of the leaves were gone this morning. There are a couple of little tiny green stawberries again about two weeks after wildlife took most of the leaves, flowers and berries off before. About half a dozen whole plants were missing out of a a fairly small group (20) to start with. I kind of suspect deer for this too since so much foliage was missing and presumed eaten, but of course I can't rule out coons.










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I have plenty of yellow flowers but no tomatoes yet, but soon!



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I have picked and eaten my first ripe tomato and I have about half a dozen more of two varieties starting to ripen and still lots of little green tomatoes.

Something came during the night and ate a good chunk out of my mallo (hibiscus family) that is still in the pot since I bought it in bloom. I suspect deer again. It looks lopsided now and some of the woody trunks are visible during the summer...but it has opened a couple of new blooms several days after it was accosted in the night.

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One of my grape tomatoes is starting to turn color, so I will probably be getting ripe tomato snacks soon. One of my romas has green tomatoes on it early, two are getting ready to bloom and the forth looks like the stem looks kind of dark and some of the leaves look kind of dry and upturned, but I don't see any parasites on it.

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6/6/12 3:53 A

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Something ate all of my strawberries. Both the ripening berries and the little all green berries just starting to grow. Even all of the blooms are missing. My guess is raccoons, but I don't know I couldn't see any tracks. The pots are in a mossy area. We have been having lots of rain. If it had been deer I think I would have still seen depressions from their tracks. Opposums might be another possibility. What can I use to repell them?

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6/3/12 12:47 A

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I have a couple of ripening strawberries, my broccoli is getting bigger, and I have lots of little green tomatoes. I even have several on one of my Roma plants. The other Romas are behaving more normally and waiting for longer days to bloom and produce.

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early fhis morning I found some little catapillars and little slugs on some of the broccoli. Could they have come in the bundle? They don't seem to be bothering th smaller plants.

Now to figure out the strawberry problem. It might be deer. There was one up close to the house this morning so I clipped the cable on Kedrych's (a 9 year old 18 lb silver dapple dachshund) harness and let him scare it away. He did tell me something was out there afterall. Several years ago before the park service thinned them I counted as many as 35 in the yard at one time. When we pulled up to the house in the evening it was not unusual to see a bunch run off at that time. There was a lot of deer and car collisions then too. I called someone to come kill and take off a doe that had been hit and had a broken leg and a broken jaw. She became venison (legally) since there was no problem following the blood trail in the snow and it was still deer season. There were quite a few dead on the road and I'm sure quite a few others that just died in the nearby woods at that time. We live near a battlefield park.

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I have lots of blooms on my potted tomatos and I am getting an abundance of little green tomatos. Whatever is eating on the broccoli planted with them and the potted strawberry leaves too is not bothering my tomatos. I guess I will have little red snacks on the vine in about a month. I have 8 grape tomatoes because I found several years ago that they were a good snack picked right off the plant. I have 3 of another red mini and 4 Romas too. It looks like I have lots of basil and thyme seedlings coming up too. My garlic (not potted...my Sage isn't either) will be a pretty big harvest when it dies back. I've put some markers out so I will know where to dig.

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I have been checking, but I have not seen anything on them. I put out my usual marigold, mini aster, jonny jump up seeds that usually come up and grow like mad, but I have not seen any of them of the other flower seeds I put out including sunflower and some pumpkin, cantaloup, squash and watermelon seeds. I haven't seen anything from the spinach or snow peas I planted either. We have had so much rain here this year and a fair bit of it has been the hard driving rain. However it looks like some of the thyme seeds I tried to plant last year is coming up. I didn't get anything last year, so I can't explain it unless it needed a freeze to trigger germination. I have lots and lots of basil sprouting up all over the place too. I have sage, oregano and lavender patches from stock I planted more than 20 years ago. I have been trying to get Rosemary and Thyme reestablished that died out from a unusual cold period about 2.5 years ago. I bought some stock this year. I gave a thyme plant I bought, an oregano seedling from my stock and some seeds from my sage to my brother's mother-in-law since she likes to cook. She still has some Rosemary. I am going to give her some of my garlic harvest and help plant a couple of cloves over there so she has some there on thier place overlooking the tidal potomac river near Crow's Nest. It's a good place for bird watching too.

Now my strawberry leaves are disappearing too. I guess I can try planting marigolds again. I need to go thin some of the lillies out of the pot at my mother's office. I'll plant them here. I'm afraid some of my cats at the office like to sleep in the lillies too. They look a little flattened, but it doesn't seem to bother them too much. I guess I planted the first tubers about 3 or 4 years ago.

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Geraniums and marigolds are good for keeping pests away, I plant a lot of geraniums in my garden, but it depends on what is chewing on the leaves! Not a lot discourages earwigs, but if the pests are only chewing on the broccoli and not the tomato and they're side by side, I would take a wild guess at either snails/slugs or cabbage loopers or some other moth larva. Look on the undersides of the leaves and in the soil around the base of the plants and see if you can find the pests. For just a few plants, if you can find them, the best thing you can do is pick them off and kill them-no pesticides necessary!

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5/23/12 10:25 P

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I am having a problem with the broccoli planted in the pots with my tomato plants. Something is chewing up the leaves big time this year. What can I do to protect the plants and avoid pesticides? I grow some herbs in the pots too.

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Gabby if you trellis the pumpkins they are less apt to rot...as they could if sitting on the ground or deck.

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@Bluemorning - I'm considering planting squash and small sugar pumpkins in containers this years because I have a terrible problem with squash vine borers and not a lot of room. Do you trellis them or just let them grow down the side of the pot and ramble?








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I look at cast off containers in a whole new way since I started planting everything in containers. Am going to be experimenting with aquaponics soon. There are some great tubs with handles for around 5.00 each at your local chain stores this year. Great for container gardening. I also use mini-garden seed collections. There is a tiny tom tomato that I grow in a 4" pot and get great results with.

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I have found a lot of examples of container gardening on pinterest. On mine I have a board on Container Gardening with photos for ideas on what and how to plant. Just look for my name if interested.

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I have a Fuji apple, a cherry and a nectarine in pots. I get a handful of fruits off each. Not enough to feed on, but enough to have a few snacks! That's if I can keep the codling moths off them!

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Water, can you tell me what kind of dwarf fruit? I've had all kinds of citrus and one pomegranate, but I've killed them with my brown thumb. I'm working on that, but am curious, have you ever had fruit?

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I grow ultra dwarf fruit trees in containers on my patio and put in flowers and herbs around them. In my garden, I grow potatoes and leeks in tubs with holes drilled in the bottom. Makes harvesting the potatoes much easier to harvest when I need them-just dump the tub out-and they store through the winter out there, too, as the soil stays colder, longer, in raised tubs.

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Good luck, Abovebeam! I tried squash and some herbs last year, they did real well until I got sick and stopped watering them. We do cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, dwarf fruit trees, squash, pumpkins, you can do just about anything if the pot is deep enough!

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WANDERING_SOUL- I think you could do icicle radishes in a container. If you know how big they normally grow, isn't the rule of thumb twice the depth for the container? And how big depends on how many you want to plant.
For your tomatoes and the smaller yields- was your container big enough, and did you fertilize the plants? They could have been root bound, which would impact your yield.

Good luck with the radishes!

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I grow strawberries, tomatoes, and potatoes in containers and barrels. I have grown bell peppers and green beans as well.

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I grow my herbs and some peppers in containers. I have done tomatoes in the past. I have noticed smaller yields. I am thinking about trying to plant some icicle radishes in containers will this work wondering how big and how deep etc?

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I plant lettuce in a large container.

ALOVEBEAM- when watering you only want the soil to be damp, not drenched. Make sure that there are holes in the bottom of the container for any extra water to leave. The soil should be dry before you water it.
For the plant food, you should water the plant with it once or twice a week in place of a regular watering. Make sure the soil is damp not overly wet, and that is fine for the plant.

Hope that helps!

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When watering how do u know when enough is enough
Also I bought some plant food that says to mix with one gallon of water. How much of that mixture should go in the plant

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The only container gardening that I do is a hanging tomato plant on my deck.

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This will be the first year that I grow in containers. Last year we had to remove our veggie patch do to some renovations. Being that bit older we thought this would be better than working the land. I have some large tubs and a large old tote that I want to grow in. I purchased a book about growing in containers and water systems etc.

I would like to grow lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers for sure. If there is room I would like to do a herb bin too. I lost all my strawberry plants so I would love to grow them again.

I can't plant until after the end of May because of the zone we live in.

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This year I am trying to grow carrots in a really large deep pot. The last 2 years, my carrots haven't grown that well in our rocky soil and that is one of the vegetable plants my oldest daughter getting really excited about growing.

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Thanks for this thread. I have found some really big tubs and drilled holes in the bottom for drainage. One tub can hold either one tomato plant, 3 pepper plants, or enough veggies for a garden salad (lettuces, green onions, and one celery plant). I have smaller planters for my other lettuces, spinach, radishes and herbs.

I can see I need to start saving coffee grounds. Thanks for the tips. Julia

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So far I have
1.Organic soil
2. large gallon containers
3. a stick and string to hold the plants
4. Black Kow
5. Hose with a spray attachment
6. Coffee Grounds i started collecting from the offfice

What else is good for a successful container garden. Next year i may move to beds

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So how many of us grow in containers. In my research i have found you can grow in just about anything..containters, tins, cups you name it. What items are must have's in your container garden?

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