On Monday, June 17, 2013 5:44:20 PM UTC-7, Gus wrote:
Dern it, my "first" is still blushing; too soon. Should be ready in a week or
so. I am firmly secular, but when harvesting first fruits, I do recite the
(But on the plus side, my dwarf Washington orange has made its first adorable
baby! Last year I had about 12 of the most delicious oranges EVER. In this
area, we pick in January/February +-.
WHERE ARE YOU?
Where are you?
I pick mine when they just start to turn blushy looking. One year I didn't
get one good tomato due to varmints getting them, so now I don't wait and
put them in my kitchen window to ripen. I've got a few small ones, too,
about the size of large plums. I'm looking forward to the larger tomatoes
when they finally put on fruit!
I got quite a few from only about 4-5 plants last year, but the year before
the varmints took them all! It was very disappointing. I got so mad I
ended up pulling up the tomato plants that year... I am trying the vinegar
soaked socks on the wood stakes strategy again. It seemed to work pretty
well last year.
Vinegar socks? hmmm Haven't tried that one yet.
I've got some chocolate mint planted that has come back all around where I
planted some of my patio tomatoes. I'm hoping the thieves don't notice the
tomatoes because of the mint being there.
I happened to notice it on the back of a bottle of vinegar from Kroger last
year. It was listing all the uses for vinegar and one was to keep away
garden pests. It says to stake the perimeter with vinegar soaked rags about
every 7-10 days. It seems to work, at least for a while. I put some socks
on the tomato stakes. After it rains I put some vinegar on the socks, or
about once a week.
I didn't notice any difference in the taste, but ever since the year where
the garden thieves took EVERY tomato I had, I've been pulling them as soon
as I see them begin to turn and I let them ripen the rest of the way in my
kitchen window. They taste REALLY good.
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