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There should be enough light in a greenhouse to support the tomato cuttings. Tomato plants root very easily, take cuting 6-8 inches long and remove all but the top 1-2 sets of leaves. Put them in soil to just below the the leaves. They will develop roots along all of the stem that is in the soil.

Also in the spring when you are setting out tomato plants, remove all but the top leaves. Dig a trench and plant the plants at an angle with most of the stem in the soil. The plants will develope addition roots on the stem that is planted and be much healther with all those extra roots.

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Thanks for the advise on pulling tomato plants and hanging them to let fruit ripen, I would not have known to do that. I don't like green tomatoes and it's always bothered me to have so many green tomatoes wasted at the end of the season. I've been taking cuttings to put in the greenhouse to see if I can keep some tomato plants going through the winter-not holding out a lot of hope there b/c there's no light, but it's a fun experiment-but there are a ton of green fruit still small enough and completely green that I don't think they'll ripen before first frost.

I've got 2 good strong vines with plenty of shoots, so I'm going to hang them in the garage just before we are predicted to have our first frost, hopefully that will expand my season a bit!

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Both of those sound great!

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Yum! That sounds great.

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Green tomatoes make one of my favourite pies. Use them the same as you would use apples with cinnamon and allspice.

Green tomatoes made into jam (use raspberry jello) is excellent. I have won several prizes at different fairs with them. The tomatoes seeds look like raspberry seeds.

Just another way to use green tomatoes

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Since tomato season is winding down for most of us, if you have tomato vines full of green fruit, pull up the entire vne and hang it upside down in a dark place (basement). A large number of the tomatoes will ripen.

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Thank you so much! I'll try all of those suggestions. Unfortunately, I don't have the tag, I unwisely trashed it.

However, as luck would have it, when I pulled into the park yesterday I happened to park in front of a wild patch of forest and saw, to my utter delight - a wild (what I assume to be) passion flower. It looks just like the one I have at my home except it has large green 'fruit' hanging down.I plucked a few pods but assume it is too early to harvest seeds. Since I go back often I'll be checking to see if they ripen to the perfect point.It gives me hope that the plant will overwinter.

Again, thank you SO much. It was very helpful.

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There are at different types of plants referred to as passionflower vine. They appear to be in the same family and genus with the cultivars being different. Most are only hardy down to zone 9, one to zone 7, and another one to zone 6. So it depends on which cultivar you have and what zone you live in whether you can save the plant you bought. If you still have the tag from the plant you can look it up and find out which zone it is hardy to.

A lot of times you can save a plant that is hardy to 1-2 zones high than yours by mulching it well. This works best if it is on the south side of the house where it gets protection from the north winds and a little extra heat from the house an the sun. Some times you can even help plants out a little more by cutting them back to 12 inches or less then putting loose straw in a box and place the box over the plant. If the box is dark colored it will absorb more heat during the days.

You could also try taking several cuttings and rooting them. Take cutting with 3-4 sets of leaves, Strip off all but the top set of leaves. Dip the stem in a rooting hormone. Poke a hole in a pot of soil & insert the the stem over at least where 2 sets of leaves were attached. Water well. Tent the pot with a plastic bag to help retain moisture. They should root in a few weeks. Once they are rooted remove the plastic bag.


Your pumkin vine probably has powdery mildew. Try spraying it with a 50-50 mix of skim milk and water. Skim milk works best because the fat in other milk will clog up the sprayer


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Just the place. I've got a question that's been weighing heavily on my mind and have yet to find someone who can answer, and with the upcoming fall fast aproaching I need to find an answer. I hope one of you can help.

I planted a Passion Flower vine on my trellis this year as a present to my mother as she was very ill at the time. It was a flower she said she had seen around a lot in her childhood and would love to have it in her garden. When she got back from the hospital, I had it planted and trailing. She was simply thrilled.

However, after doing more research, I've learned it's not common for this plant to overwinter in South Carolina. I'm not sure I could uproot the vine without damaging the trellis or the root system (it was planted the same time as the posts on the trellis so they are planted very closely). It's covered the entire structure now as well.

In short: is there anyway, short of setting up a mini green house with heat lamps in the front yard, for me to give the vine the best chance of surviving the winter?

Also, my pumpkin vine (completely by accident that it popped up) has developed a powdery white dusting over the leaves. Is there an organic way to stop this as it took down my cucumbers a few months ago....

Any help/input would be greatly appreciated.

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For containers, I would just use the bone meal, blood meal and potash in very small amounts once a year and mix in some compost each time you reseed the container.

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Thank you for the tip. I do have a question; is this for containers that will not have the next crop planted? Here in Tucson we have 3 growing seasons and I have already begun to remove dead plants and reseed.

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Keeping raised bed soil in great shape.
To keep my raised veggie bed soil loose and highly productive here is what I do for it.
After I clean out the bed in the fall, I sprinkle some blood meal and bone meal on top of the soil, these are slow release organic fertilizers, I top that off with 2-3 inches of shredded leaves, I will during the winter add a very thin layer of wood ash from my fireplace if you don't have a fireplace you can add potash along with the blood and bone meal. In the spring I add some commpost then turn all of that into the soil.

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When harvesting Swiss Chard, pick only the larger outer stems/leaves from each plant. This will allow the plant to continue producing new stems from the center so you can have a continous harvest from late spring through the first frost.

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I use a soaker hose to water where possible. Less water evaporation and easier to check to see how deep the water has penetrated

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Remember in this heat to be sure you water your gardens deeply, at leat 1 inch of water. Ths allows the water to soak in deeply enough to get to the deeper roots.

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5/12/12 2:40 P

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I plant marigolds and nasturtiums with my tomatoes. really pretty to look at. emoticon

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I am wishing I could plant my veggies but it is just too soon here. I do have a bit of asparagus coming up - going to move it to another location when I plant this year. Love hearing all the tips.

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For tomato horn worm problems. I plant my tomatoes in front of the asparagus (southern exposure). In between each plant I put an onion bulb or seeds for green onions. In front of the tomatoes I plant parsley and dwarf marigold's. Looks nice, no bug problems and flowers for the table.

My sister plants her tomatoes with cucumbers. Trellises the cukes, inter-plants with marigolds and does not have a horn worm problem either.



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Crushed eggshells scattered around hostas and other slug loving plants works well too.

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Slugs used to really like my hostas until I filled jar lids with beer and placed them in the ground so the edge was level with the soil. Slugs went in took the beer, and didn't come back out.

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Give them to a fisherman for bait. Blue gills love them.

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Does anyone have an orgainc way of dealing with tomato hornworms other than picking & squishing them?

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TRY GETTING SOME RUBBER SNAKES THAT LOOK REAL PUT THEM ON AND AROUNG YOUR PLANTS THE BIRDS THINK THE SNAKES ARE REAL AND STAY AWAY FROM THE PLANTS. MOVE THE SNAKES AROUND EVERY FEW DAYS SO THE BIRDS DONT CATCH ON...IT WORKS FOR MY GRAPES

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I use netting on my berry plants, but I do have a problem at certain times of the year. I think the crows discover the cherry tomatoes and they strip the plants in a day.

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I had just refilled the bird bath, so I'm thinking we are not going to fill that anymore. And like I said our big indoor/outdoor cat may be napping no the front porch instead of inside in the afternoon. He prefers to be outside until dark anyway.

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The only way I have been successful in keeping birds away from my fruit/veggies is by netting the plants.

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Anybody know a good way to keep birds off of the tomatoes, was finally getting one of my purple cherokees to ripen and I went outside 3 hours later and it had been pecked at. I'm seriously pissed off about it.
My cat may have to start spending is afternoons on the porch for his nap.

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Are the pots big enough? I only get drop off when it is very hot and the plants don't get enough water.

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I find it depends on the peppers, my habeneros and cayennes put off bunches of peppers, but the bell is a little slow going in a pot.

I do my own compost I have found with each year I get better results off of it. Made the mistake of putting cayenne pepper leftovers in the compost, now I have baby cayenne plants all over my garden and in like every pot.

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i'm getting no peppers. and pots are all i have.... since i live in an apartment.

and it's not just the flower falling off... like normal when you would expect a pepper. The whole flower with the little stem it's on falls off the plant... in a not normal way.

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The male flowers fall off. The female ones get a little fruit. I never have much luck with vegetables in pots. They do better when planted in the ground. If you get a few peppers that is about typical.

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Maybe there will be a baby pepper coming soon where the bloom was.

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Question: I'm container gardening, and my jalapeno plant flowers, but then the flowers just fall off... what am I doing wrong? help!

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I have found that sprinkling cayenne lightly over the ground helps but it has to be redone after rains. Usually once plants are well up that takes care of a lot of the problem. There is also a devise that is a motion sensor that when it is set off it spurts water, always a good way to get a cat to take off.

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I have the same problem with the neighborhood cats. I will be watching for any help with this problem. At least, we don't have to worry about mice and rats in our area because we have plenty of feral cats and I know they are good hunters by the occasional "gifts" of dead rat they leave for me.

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Just got my veggie garden in yesterday and this morning I could see where the neighbors cat had used my nicely tilled ground as a litter box. Have heard of many remediesto keep them out...open to all suggestions that really work! Moth balls, cayenne, Rid-Away...thanks,
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You can also buy "slug bait" in a can at garden supply stores. It works pretty well, just open the can and leave it out.

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The eggshells also work on snails.

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I just left a question about getting rid of snails on the "pest" section of the forum. Now I read in here how to get rid of slugs. I wonder if it will work on snails. I will give it a try!

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You can get eggshells from friends or if youknow someone who works at a restaurant you might be able to get some from them.

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Thank you so much! I am excited to do that now.

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Eggshell. Rinse the eggshells, let them dry, then crush them into small pieces. I put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin on them. Sprinkle the pieces around the garden esp arond the plants the slugs prefer. Cralling over the shells kills the slugs and adds minerals to the soil.

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Does anyone have any tips regarding getting rid of slugs? We had so many last year. They dug under to all the bulbs I'd planted and nearly wiped out the first round of lettuce I grew. Any suggestions on how I can keep them out of the flower beds? I put a ring of organic slug bait around the vegetable container garden (after they took out the lettuce) but in order for it to be effective I had to redo after every rain. I live in western Washington so we do get a lot of rain.

Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Thanks! I'll definitely try some French or English Thyme. Sigh. All this time I've been cooking with groundcover.....
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Here is an excerpt from and article on thyme that may help.

Two culinary thymes that have long been known to gardeners are English Thyme and French Thyme. Both are Thymus vulgaris and differ only slightly. English Thyme has larger leaves and is a larger plant. The flavor is stronger than French Thyme, which has a sweeter taste. French Thyme has smaller, grayer leaves than English Thyme on a more compact plant.

Other wild species of thyme have given us many flavors. Lemon Thyme, Lemon Carpet Thyme, Highland Cream Lemon thyme, Lime Thyme and Orange Spice Thyme are some of the thymes that lend a citrus tone to your cooking. There are also Nutmeg Thyme, Coconut Thyme, Caraway Thyme and Mint Thyme. There are thymes that smell like lavender and rose. Wooly Thyme has gray, wooly leaves and is generally used as an ornamental. Other ornamentals include Silver Needle and Minus. Colors of the thyme flowers range from lavender to pale pink to bright carmine red.



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I bought some Mother of Thyme but it doesn't seem to have much flavor. Is it more ofa groundcover than an herb? Can you suggest some flavorful thyme varieties?

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I put the bulbs in paper bags with perlite. :)

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What do you all do t preserve nonhardy bulbs for the winter?

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Regardles of how much or little experience we have with gardening, we all have questions about certain things. Many of us have also found things that work well for us that we can share with other gardeners.

I am starting this forum in hopes that we can share information with each other and help each other with questions and prblems so that we can all be more successful and enjoy our gardening even more.

Feel free to ask any gardening questions you may have or to pass on any tips you think maybe helpful.

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