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The weather this Spring was cool and the wettest on record here in northwestern Pa so I didn't have high hopes this garden season. June rolled around and things took a turn for the better. Hot sunny days and it always seemed to rain when we needed it. I grow 10 varieties of heirlooms and they have gone gangbusters!
What a scrumptious looking harvest!!! Awesome job, Early BLoomer.
We had a terrible growing season. After a cool, wet spring, we had relentless drought and heat. Although I have a watering system, everything has been so stressed from the heat that plants were prone to disease and every insect pest imaginable. I was able to harvest enough tomatoes for a small batch of sauce, but very few were of fresh, out-of-hand eating quality. Same with other crops, including zucchini, melons, squash. But there's always next year, right?
Yes, in the southeast, my heirloom tomatoes did not do well at all. I watered twice a day many days during the hot dry weather from our well. It was not enough. I am also thinking that I should have used organic fertilizer more often...perhaps I would have seen better fruiting.
Oh I bet it was good. So how is Anderson these days. My grandparents were born, raised and died there. I loved it there as I got to spend every summer with them. My grandmother is the one who go me into gardening, flowers and maters, nothing better than walking to the garden with a salt shaker and having a few good maters. LOL
YEP!! DELIGHTFUL! Depending on long it has been since you have been here,as to things like no more Delco Remy factory on Pendelton ave.that was torn down a few years ago, everybody remembers that one it's Hayday! cars parked from one end of town to the other. Ain't nothing there these days but a big old empty field with a 10 foot fence around it.
A magnesium factory burned in in a fiery explosion a few years back and part of the town around Columbus &38TH STREET had to be evacuated,how about that refugees from Anderson...who would of thought. Anderson high school burned down a few years before that,the gym still stands as a community education building.
RR 9 is a super commercial strip drive from a
Anderson college to well past Applewood lot of miles and miles of stores and places to eat . You name it it is there somewhere! Everything from Lowe's to Wall-mart superstores to Texas roadhouse to white castle .
We have a Nestle"S quick factory that they are moving away though, the town ripped -em off about promises made. Yeah ,like that's news!!(LOL)
BESIDES any of that ,...ain't much changed at all except there is one high school Madison and it is eight times larger after being reconstructed at least.. .It is a big place now.IT goes from residential that has always been there on the North side nearly to 53rd street. THERE YA GO? Ten years of news,I feel like a web spy(lol)
wow yes a lot has changed, I remember the root beer stand on the by-pass, loved those frosted mugs and hot dogs. I lived on Home Ave, railroad tracks ran right behind out house and we were just down from the blue bridge (don't know if it is still blue or even if it is still there). I miss Anderson, lots of great memories there with my grandparents, my grandfather used to have the J & M in Parkplace and then later managed the Huddle in Edgewood. Those were his last two places.
Thanks for the update, sure do appreciate it, last time I was there was in 90/91 when I burried my grandparents.
In spite of the drought we've had, my tomatoes have been incredibly this year. I have harvested enough to make sauce, freeze some, and give a bunch to co-workers. Last weekend alone, I harvested about 10 pounds (I have a total of 10 plants, each a different variety). I have no idea why they've done this well, except for the fact we've been able to water consistently. It's a good problem to have :)
I've had a pretty good year here too. My only complaint is that some tomatoes are not ripening well on the tops. Not sure why. I'm growing Orange Icicle tomatoes for the first time this year and they are fantastic! Great flavor! Highly recommended.
Photos: The first Mary Robinson's German Bi-color of the season...
Second photo from top CW...A Cour De Blue, a Dr. Wyche's Yellow and the Mary Robinson's German Bi-color from the first photo.
MY tomatoes set very little fruit during the extreme heat that we had here in the St. Louis area. I faithfully watered them during the heat & drought & now comes my reward. My tomatoes are finally producing like crazy! The vines seem healthier with no signs of disease or pests. I'm hoping for a late frost, so that I can keep harvesting through the fall season.
Pretty good year to report here, too! I don't know why I don't photograph the tomatoes as I do the roses. Something I need to work on I guess. After last year I was really looking forward to ANY tomato, so all in all I'm a happy camper.
Bummer year in the Spokane area for me this year. The cold spring did not help with tomato production. I have some pictures of the fruits of my labor. Twenty tomato plants two of each variety plus eight volunteer cherry tomatoes.
Kelloggs Breakfast (yellow), Cherokee Purple (Green on top purple on the bottom), Box Car Willie (Red), Mule Team (Red), Marglobe (Pink to red great for canning), Delicious (Red), Mortgage Lifter (Red big meaty fruit great for canning), Anna Russian (Pink to red pear shaped meaty fruit great for canning)
Marglobe (Red and 1lb), Rutgers (Red and 1/4 lb)
I only canned twenty-five quarts this year. (Normally fifty to sixty quarts.)
The flavors this year were out-standing. BTC's were awsome, especially with the Cherokee Purples and the Mortgage Lifters.
And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth."
LOL! DougBert, glad to see I'm not the only one who recycles six pack carriers for beer bottles (or root beer bottles) to use for veggie and fruit trugs (is that what those expensive things are called?). Very handy to just shove into the refrigerator if needed for a short period of time. I used to get some real looks from former neighbors who thought I was drinking in the early mornings in my old garden. No one can see me now in this new garden! Mouthwatering photo of big 'mater #3! Love it.