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Jim Falls, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 20, 2012
5:35 AM

Post #9280843

Adina another interesting article. I have never had fruit worms in my tomatoes. I am thinking you might of been even drier then we were? HAd plenty of blossom end rot tho and something was also eating some of my nice tomatoes. But like you I don't mind sharing. Did have plenty to can.

My beans also curled then grew straight when it cooled down. Didn't get lots but there are some in the freezer.

HAlf my potatoes are in the ground yet. Not a great harvest but enough and so good!

Thanks for giving me something to think about and wonderful pictures.

Vicki and Ty


(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2012
6:08 AM

Post #9280876

Vicki, thanks for the comments. I remember you had more rain and cooler temps than mine last summer. We had very high temps, but especially the lack of rain was devastating. Finally, we're expecting rain tonight, yeah!
About the fruitworms, they're like home in my yard...yesterday , one was "walking" on the alley, like running from the veggie garden. It seems the spraying worked!LOL



Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9281128

Here in New Mexico we are in our 2nd year of severe drought. Our
"monsoon season" failed to produce much of anything and the high
temperatures didn't help. Most nights didn't drop below the mid 80s
and days were in the high 90s.

Andinamiti, my tomatoes looked much like those in your photos. Most
were severely cracked. Those I could salvage were delicious but it
was a very disappointing season. I had no tomatoes for sauces or
for freezing.


(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2012
11:58 AM

Post #9281244

Sorry for your tomatoes , June! We can only hope for a better season next year.

Columbus, OH

September 24, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9284701

Adina, I would be interested in how you pickle your tomatoes? I have a lot of little cherry tomatoes that I want to preserve somehow, but don't want to use for sauce. I know how to do a green tomato pickle, but it sounded like you use the ripe ones.

I didn't get a single pepper this summer, and just a few yellow and roma tomatoes for eating fresh. The melons that I planted struggled also then gave up. But, as usual, the little cherry tomatoes were slowed only by the browsing of the deer that figured out a new way into the yard!

Munster, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9284832

Thanks for a great article! It helped me understand some of the things I saw with my vegetables, and to plan for next year! Will try the parsley next to tomatoes for sure.
It made me thankful that our drought here in NW Indiana was not so bad. We had such a high water bill in july that I was inspired to experiment with using grey water for watering my flowers. It worked pretty well, With a little practice I can recycle several gallons a day for containers.
My grape tomatoes have exploded. I have had to pinch off new growth all September so the current fruit will ripen. Also I found that tugging on the roots helps to speed things up; can't remember where I got that tip from, but it works!


(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2012
1:16 AM

Post #9285651

Rae, I'm not using the ripe tomatoes, but also the green ones. But if some of them are ripe, they are tastier. They can get juicy and sweet. My cherry tomatoes did very well too.

Marty, congratulations for using the grey water! How are you tugging the roots? I'm glad my article was of help.


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