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Old July 25th, 2021, 06:06 PM #181
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Very cool! Nice looking back yard.
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Old July 25th, 2021, 07:22 PM #182
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Many hours of pruning and weeding today, I'd been neglecting it for too long. Also pulled the first cluster of ripe cherry tomatoes. My son ate them all before I could takes a picture.
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Nice work 👍 Now start making some BLTs
Funny you mention blt. Every summer the wife and I always try to decide what to make with real tomatoes when they are available at rode side stand. Usually comes down to shrimp salad, soft crab, crab cake, or blt sandwich. This year it was blt. They where delicious. As far as my mater "harvest" , sliced s&p and enjoyed
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Many hours of pruning and weeding today, I'd been neglecting it for too long. Also pulled the first cluster of ripe cherry tomatoes. My son ate them all before I could takes a picture.
Dude you're making my 4x8 half planted raised bed look lame
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Old July 25th, 2021, 08:07 PM #185
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Many hours of pruning and weeding today, I'd been neglecting it for too long. Also pulled the first cluster of ripe cherry tomatoes. My son ate them all before I could takes a picture.
Where did you get real sized tomato cages? Growing up all we had were the cages the size of an oil drum and they worked great because tomatoes get huge. Now all I can find are the stupid 4 foot cone ones that my plants outgrow and droop.over by the end of June. Then it's back to staking and twine.
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Dude you're making my 4x8 half planted raised bed look lame
Definitely not lame. Last year my wife and I had our first real garden in a small raised bed, about the size of yours, that was on the property when we bought it. We were just kinda winging it but still had some luck. This year we made a real dedication to learning how to grow food for ourselves. We started planning over the winter and started to build the plot in early March. We started everything from seed in March too. It's wonderful to start enjoying the literal fruits of our labor.

Ive been trying to encourage friends and coworkers to start growing, even just a pot on the deck. I've found it to be a worthwhile pursuit.
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Where did you get real sized tomato cages? Growing up all we had were the cages the size of an oil drum and they worked great because tomatoes get huge. Now all I can find are the stupid 4 foot cone ones that my plants outgrow and droop.over by the end of June. Then it's back to staking and twine.
The cages I made with 16' livestock panels. Each cage is a single panel cut in half to make two 8'x5' sheets. Each half is folded at a 90 degree angle, then each half is stomoed into the ground opposing each other to make a square around the plant. Once in place, we zip tied the edges together.

I've just let them grow with occasional heavy prunings to combat disease and shade. The cherry is currently 6' tall.
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The tomato tsunami has begun. Mostly cherries and grape tomatoes but the big ones are not far behind.
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The tomato tsunami has begun. Mostly cherries and grape tomatoes but the big ones are not far behind.
What do you do with them all?
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The tomato tsunami has begun. Mostly cherries and grape tomatoes but the big ones are not far behind.
That is gourgeous!!!
Ours are still green.
To answer the question above, if I was blessed with such harvest, I would can most of them — we are still eating our home-made tomato sauce and salsa from last summer, and it just tastes better to me than the store-bought stuff, more flavor and less salt.
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