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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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February 22, 2015 - 3:22 pm

CHADWICK CHERRY is a new variety that I am growing for 2015.  I didn't find any Juliet Cherry tomato locally so I will give this one a try.  I am using my PAPER TOWEL METHOD for germinating 4 seeds. Hoping that I get 1 or 2 good ones. 

If any of you have grown this CHADWICK CHERRY TOMATO please let me know your opinion on growing it and the taste. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 4, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Today I transplanted 17 tomatoes into 4" pots. Way to many for me, but we will see how many survive. Half of each variety, I will try pruning them while in the pots.  Hoping to keep them strong stemmed and a healthy root system.  I will pinch off any blooms that may start while they are in the house growing.Confused I am hoping for a June harvest or maybe the first week in July. Surprised That would be wonderful.

I used an organic potting mix and sprinkled in a little organic Garden Tone fertilizer.  I will use epsom salts when transplanting outdoors and of courseSurprisedWORM POOP.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 8, 2015 - 10:17 am

I hope I can keep these tomatoes healthy until at least end of May when I can plant outdoors.  Even then I will keep my fingers crossed & blankets handy in case of a LATE frost.  Smile011.JPGImage Enlarger

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Lark
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March 15, 2015 - 7:42 pm

Ordered JULIET CHERRY TOMATO from ebay seller.  It cost me about $5 for 25 seeds with shipping. 

March 14 I seeded 4 seeds using the PAPER TOWEL METHOD of GERMINATION.  I will check the seeds on the 17th.

I like the JULIET because it is crack & disease resistant. The size is about 2".  I cut them length wise and dry them in the oven. Perfect for freezing and packed in olive oil. Great flavor.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 23, 2015 - 4:36 pm

My 17 tomato plants are now 22" high and setting flowers.  I am pinching off all the flowers in hopes to make a much stronger plant & root system. No sign of roots coming out the bottom. I am hoping they can stay in these 4" pots for another 2 weeks.  I will be transplanting them into 1/2 gallon pots next. REMINDER:  I planted these seeds on 1-31-15.  A month earlier than last year. Plus these plants look much healthier than last year.  I wonder if it is the Happy Frog potting mix?  Or the potting mix technique I used in the cell packs?  The proof will be how they preform out in the garden and the yield.  Every year is an experiment.  I hope for a warm April and beyond, so the outdoor soil will be warm at planting time. That is a 12" ruler setting by the tomatoes. 001.JPGImage Enlarger

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Lark
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April 2, 2015 - 8:38 pm

I decided to prune all my tomato plants. I cut off about 12".  I transplanted all the plants into 1/2 gallon containers. I used Happy Frog potting mix and sprinkled in a little organic fertilizer, Garden Tone.

The root system was very nice. Not root bound but they did fill out the shape of the 20oz. pot. I am hoping that starting the seeds early, January 31, will give the plants a GREAT root system, with a thick & healthy plant. In a month I hope to let the plants start flowering. I plan on planting them into the gardens in the first week of June.  Or whenever the soil temps are warm. I don't want the plants to be shocked by cold soil. This is all an experiment for me. What I am after is an early harvest. First week in July would be nice.

After the fact of pruning my tomatoes, I am now wondering if I should NOT have pruned my 'Celebrity' DETERMINATE tomato.  Maybe it won't branch out. All my other tomatoes are indeterminate, so they send off a lot of suckers.  I can't remember, do DETERMINATE tomatoes send off suckers? Time will tell.  That seems to be my style of gardening, "Live and learn. Trial and error.Laugh008.JPGImage Enlarger

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Lark
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April 17, 2015 - 7:03 am

Two weeks after pruning the tomatoes, they have put out a lot of new growth. Even the 'Celebrity', a determinate tomato, looks good.  I have had aphids on the plants twice. I saw that the new growth was curling and then looked with a magnifying glass and sure enough I saw a few aphids.  I immediately treated all the tomatoes and peppers. I use a mixture of 1 gallon water, a teaspoon of Dawn and a 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol.  This was a chore, a pain in the butt. Aphids are hide easily in the large tomatoes plant leaves and stems. Luckily I could spray the plants outdoors.  Making sure I got every crevice possible. I even doused the soil. Two days later the plants new growth is looking good.  I will be glad when all these plants can go outdoors.  The the aphids predators can eat them up fast.

The tomatoes plants, six to a tote, have now become quite heavy for me to take into the house and out onto the deck every day. I will be putting them onto a child's plastic sled and pulling them into the garage at night and back outside during the day.

I have added a stake to each pot for support during the windy Spring days.  I used 1/4" STRAIGHT twigs and velcro strips to hold the plant onto the stake. Since I topped the tomato plant, it has not produced any more flowers.  That is a good thing for a while.  The plant is producing a great root system and a strong stem.  I am thinking that it will be a few weeks before it starts producing flowers on the new growth. I will let these flowers develop their fruit and hopefully get an early harvest. An early harvest means the first week of July. SurprisedLaugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Linjoy
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April 20, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Hi Lark, It's a wonderful video. I recommend to all the Barbados Gardens Lovers to come and also join so, they can learn from you. Very proud of you, you have become better than me with plants and knowledge and that's the truth. Keep up serving God through the gifts He gave you. Love and blessings, my dear sister.

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Lark
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April 20, 2015 - 5:16 pm

Thank you dear Sister.  I know we got the passion from Mom. She just didn't have the luxury of doing gardening full time like we do.  We are both blessed. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to have the beauty of nature all around me. Hugs to you Sister.

I am sure that all your Barbados friends and customers enjoy your garden and knowledge. Keep up the good work and inspiring others on the island.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 24, 2015 - 8:44 pm

My tomatoes are planted in my raised beds and the containers.  The soil in the raised bed was amended last Fall using the LASAGNA METHOD.  Every single hole I dug had lots of worms. This meant there was no need to add worm castings to the planting hole. I did add a tablespoon of epsom salts and Garden Tone fertilizer. The soil was the best I have ever had. This is my 4th year of doing the LASAGNA METHOD of amending the soil.  It feels so good to have soil that 'looks alive'. 

The tomatoes I planted in the BOG CONTAINER GARDEN were amended with equal parts peatmoss, topsoil, perlite and compost. I added worm castings, Garden Tone fertilizer, epsomsalt. It will be interesting to see the outcome of containers vs. raised beds.

The containers are sunk into the ground about 8".  Hoping that they wick nutrients from the bog.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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