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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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March 18, 2016 - 7:02 pm

My tomatoes that were growing in cell packs started on 2/13 are now transplanted into 3" pots.   I used Happy Frog potting mix, worm castings and a sprinkle of Garden Tone Organic fertilizer.  If our sun ever shines, I will be moving them onto my south facing deck, in the CLEAR TOTE MINI GREENHOUSES. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 26, 2016 - 6:53 am

I transplanted one each of Amish Paste, Juliet, Big Beef and Super Beefsteak in the west raised bed. They do have flowers on them. So anxious for my first 'home grown' tomato.  Probably around the second week in July.

SurprisedI still have to plant the other 15 which will go down in the bog garden.Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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June 21, 2017 - 8:39 am

Lark, I have a question.  Do you feed your tomato plants through out the season after you've planted them in your gardens?  If so, what do you feed them?

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Lark
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June 23, 2017 - 7:35 am

Good morning Carol Jean.  Yes I will feed them with 'worm tea' or 'comfrey tea'.  I also feed them by mulching with comfrey leaves. 

We sure have been getting a steady supply of rain. How about you?   I am using slug bait this year regularly.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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June 23, 2017 - 8:49 am

Yes, lots of rain.  I think it's been 13 of the last 15 days. Yesterday was 1.4 inches.  I'm glad to hear you've been slug baiting.  When I put out my kohlrabi, kale, and broccoli plants I had started, they were being eaten.  It was early in the season and there weren't many bugs out.  It took me a day or two to figure out it was slugs/snails.  So I've been slug baiting regularly and as I planted new areas I would bait them too.  Then came cabbage moth worm damage - out came the BT spray.  Next was tiny black bugs on my dahlias; I sprayed them with Gardensafe brand insecticide.  I don't have the time or energy to figure out something totally organic.

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Lark
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June 26, 2017 - 6:17 am

I am on the 'look out' for cabbage moth damage. Frown So far, as of yesterday, not much in damage.  Maybe the birds are eating them OR the eggs have not hatched YET.  Laugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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July 5, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Yesterday I discovered my first ripening tomatoes.  This is a Sweet Million cherry tomato that I'm single stem training up a post of my tee pee structure in the "new" bed. All the beautiful videos Patrick posts of his terrific tomatoes made me want to try them. They look good so far.IMG_6065-Copy.JPG

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Lark
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July 6, 2017 - 7:43 am

Hi Carol.  WOW, how fantastic.  A ripe tomato so soon.  I, too, have wondered how Patrick's Sweet Million would do here in Wisconsin.  Later in the season please give us an update and let us know how the production, single stem method and taste is.  When did you start your seeds?  When did you plant them in the garden?   I should be picking my first cherry tomato in about 10 days or so. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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July 8, 2017 - 10:53 am

Hi Lark.  I ate one of the Sweet Million tomatoes and it was great.  It was sweet, tasty and not tough skinned.  One of those moments where you go - "nothing as good as a homegrown tomato."  I started my tomatoes too early this year and made myself too much work but live and learn.  I planted my seed on Feb 22 but didn't plant it in the ground until June 7.  Although the ground did not warm up much sooner than that.  I was behind on many of my projects by the end of May.  I had to construct the tee pee structure before I could transplant the tomatoes.  The plants had huge suckers by that time but I pruned them all off.  But I stuck them in a pot of soil to see if they would root like I've heard they could.  Now I have two more Sweet Million plants that I should try to give away! I planted the Sweet Million in a bed a long distance from my other tomatoes because I hope to save seed.  I can see have Rapunzel cherry tomatoes starting to IMG_6085-Copy.JPGImage Enlargerripen also. The other poles are planted with the Trionfo Violetto purple pole beans that Patrick liked so much last year. My transplants spent too many days in tiny pots and the direct sow didn't go in until June 7 so this year is not a fair test for them.  But they seem to be recovering.

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Lark
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July 12, 2017 - 3:32 pm

This warm weather and rain we are having will do wonders for our Wisconsin crops.  Keep us posted.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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