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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #25 on: May 16, 2012, 04:45:44 AM »
Patrick, eggplant isn't something that we have ever tried to grow in our garden. Is it a pretty hearty plant? Makes me want to get some plants and give them a go if it isn't too late in the growing season.

I wish we had fruit trees, all we have is strawberries and blueberries. Well blackberries too, but those are wild and grow on the sides of a dirt road close by.... So I guess they really aren't ours. LOL, people probably think we're crazy standing on the side of the road picking berries. No one forages anymore since in this day and age anything can be had at the local mega-mart without any of the effort. I find it enjoyable to get out and actually find your meal though, and the same goes for meat.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2012, 07:26:15 AM »
Do you use his recipe for the grape tomato base or do you just use the simpler recipe with the canned whole tomatoes only? The canned only version looks a lot simpler and less time consuming for sure.

Cory,

I used fresh tomatoes and canned tomatoes for Lesís sauce. If you are interested I did try many kinds of fresh tomatoes with different tomato sauces at this thread for Lesís sweet sauce.  http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,11539.0.html  I found grape tomatoes really arenít needed to make Lesís sauce, and neither are 6-in-1s.

I found a great little food mill for cheap at a flea market recently, so I will be off to trying new ideas with tomatoes.  ;D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2012, 07:29:28 AM »
Cool to see all the dif gardens. I have a space about 20 by 10 and I grow about two dozen tomato plant,jalapenos,regular green peppers,egg plant and squash. I had always wanted an acre but alas....... I have 12 fruit trees and all this on a regular house lot. I walk the perimeter daily seeing what's ripe. Fun. Bread,pizza and my garden is my zen thing. My best to all, Patrick

Patrick,

I also love to see different gardens.  If you can post pictures, sure would love to see yours too!   :)

I agree with you that I also like to watch how everything grows each day.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2012, 07:35:48 AM »

LOL, people probably think we're crazy standing on the side of the road picking berries. No one forages anymore since in this day and age anything can be had at the local mega-mart without any of the effort. I find it enjoyable to get out and actually find your meal though, and the same goes for meat.

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Cory,

I also go out and pick strawberries in the farmers fields and also look for raspberries in the wild.  I have my secret places for looking for the raspberries.  :-D
 
Some kind of wild plant came up in with my perennials this year.  I am not sure if it might be a blackberry bush or maybe some raspberries.  I guess I will have to wait and see if it produces anything to be able to tell what it is.  It sure does have those jaggers on it.     

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2012, 12:42:09 PM »
Nice looking garden Norma. We have ours planted right now and it's coming up pretty well. Ours is pretty big though, it's slightly smaller than an acre I think. Dad has a whole row of tomatoes right now, half of them Roma which makes me excited for fresh pizza sauce soon. Oh and the glory of all the pepper varieties. Here's a couple pictures, we always plant more than we need because of the deer taking out some of the plants, especially our sweet potatoes and melons.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #30 on: May 17, 2012, 12:28:26 AM »
Cory  yes egg plant seem hardy and are good producers. I remember traveling to Oregon and picked berries along the road,love it.
Norma,sorry I don't know to post pics yet. When I do I will. Patrick
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #31 on: May 17, 2012, 03:13:19 AM »
Sure is Bob! Ruger is the best dog ever, he has so much energy though that he can take it right out of me sometimes. But whenever he's in the house he is calm as can be and very well behaved.

Good deal Patrick, I will go read on trying to get some growing in my garden. Nothing like some good eggplant sauteed up.
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #32 on: May 17, 2012, 08:08:15 AM »
Hi Norma;
As always, I'm gardening for pizza again this year. Last year I had a couple of planters along our south facing drive way and the tomato and pepper plants did just fantastic, so this year I put out much larger planters (calf feed containers) and again went with tomatoes and peppers. They are doing fantastic! The tomatoes have all set with ping pong ball size fruit, and we will be picking the first peppers this weekend. Basil went in from seed so it is just now beginning to come up, but added two more wash tub planters of it, so we should be in for another great crop.
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2012, 08:27:54 AM »

Norma, sorry I don't know to post pics yet. When I do I will. Patrick


Patrick,

These are a few links that might help you resize your photos. http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,13184.0.html

I still resize my photos with paint.   :-D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #34 on: May 17, 2012, 08:39:14 AM »
Hi Norma;
As always, I'm gardening for pizza again this year. Last year I had a couple of planters along our south facing drive way and the tomato and pepper plants did just fantastic, so this year I put out much larger planters (calf feed containers) and again went with tomatoes and peppers. They are doing fantastic! The tomatoes have all set with ping pong ball size fruit, and we will be picking the first peppers this weekend. Basil went in from seed so it is just now beginning to come up, but added two more wash tub planters of it, so we should be in for another great crop.
Tom Lehmann/The Dough Doctor

Tom,

Glad to hear you also are always gardening for pizza!  :pizza: ;D  Interesting to hear that you garden in calf feed containers.  Your peppers sure are ready early. Your tomatoes being ping pong size already is interesting too.  In my area peppers and tomatoes wonít be ready for awhile.

Would be interesting to hear about how your gardening goes over the summer.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #35 on: May 17, 2012, 09:14:40 AM »
In our area we had a lot of rain in the past week and since all the rain the plants have grown some and also perked up.  In the second picture the one tomato plant near the bricks on the left is one that is growing from a seed dropped from last year. 

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« Reply #36 on: May 18, 2012, 06:37:27 PM »
Why wait until July to post a pic when my garden looks pretty much the same each year. Below is one of my 100 sq ft plots from July 2009. The back row is all tomato plants. Peppers in the front section and cucumbers on the far right. Compost bins are behind the cucumbers.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #37 on: May 18, 2012, 07:11:35 PM »
Pete,

That was a beautiful garden.  :) I also have problems with ground hogs and your idea is great to keep them out.  I guess one shock and they donít come back.   :P

Your experimental windmills are really cool too!

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #38 on: May 20, 2012, 12:25:02 PM »
I gave up on tomatoes, too much work too little return here in Austin.  I planted a little herb garden at the oven, Greek oregano, Thyme, spicy basil, and aloe for when I burn my arm.  I also planted a habanero (with basil on it's left) and a ghost pepper.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2012, 12:53:06 PM »
Tom,

I can imagine in Texas it is hard to grow tomatoes, or other vegetables, because of how hot it can be most of the summer.

Your herb garden with Aloe looks great!  I also really love your oven, just beautiful.   ;D

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #40 on: May 20, 2012, 05:50:05 PM »
Thank you Norma.  After I mowed the grass this morning, I took a panorama shot of my backyard.  It is about 230 degrees of it.  I always plant sunflower seeds for roasting, they are in the pots by the fireplace and the bed to the immediate left of the pergola.  On the left of the patio with the umbrella is a small stand of Bambusa oldhamii, giant bamboo.  I hope to have 40-50' tall bamboo within the next 10 years.  On each pole of the pergola there is a different vine, the front left is dipper gourd, the front right is purple morning glory, the right rear is trumpeter vine and on the rear left is wisteria.  The wisteria and trumpet should cover the pergola in another 3-5 years.


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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2012, 06:27:34 PM »
Thank you Norma.  After I mowed the grass this morning, I took a panorama shot of my backyard.  It is about 230 degrees of it.  I always plant sunflower seeds for roasting, they are in the pots by the fireplace and the bed to the immediate left of the pergola.  On the left of the patio with the umbrella is a small stand of Bambusa oldhamii, giant bamboo.  I hope to have 40-50' tall bamboo within the next 10 years.  On each pole of the pergola there is a different vine, the front left is dipper gourd, the front right is purple morning glory, the right rear is trumpeter vine and on the rear left is wisteria.  The wisteria and trumpet should cover the pergola in another 3-5 years.


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Tom,

Your panorama shot is beautiful!  ;D  It sure looks like you have lots of space to plant stuff.  Sounds like you are really into gardening even if it isnít tomatoes and veggies.  I really like bamboo too and have a friend that would give me some, but am afraid it would take over my smaller yard in a short while.   

I really like perennials and just was outside for awhile trying to get all the weeds out of them and get them in control.  I also planted a few annuals and some more tomato plants.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #42 on: May 26, 2012, 09:54:47 PM »
I donít know if anyone can help my problems with something eating at some tomato plants`and one purple pepper plant, but would appreciate is there is anything I can put on the plants so no critters try to take them down.  I guess it is groundhogs that are eating at the plants, but donít know.  I knew there would be critter problems.  I couldnít find any white cosmos, so just planted pink, but donít think they will help much with attracting lady bugs.

My little San Marzano tomato plants that came up from seed from last year are also growing a little.  I soon will plant them in the ground.  I have to go to a farmers home soon and get some straw to help keep the weeds down and also to keep the moisture in.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #43 on: May 26, 2012, 09:55:24 PM »
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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #44 on: June 05, 2012, 08:22:52 PM »
Marigolds planted with the tomatoes help with nematodes, for anything physically taking bites from leaves you will have to search and destroy them individually.  Grasshoppers, caterpillars, and cut bugs can be controlled with chemicals but who wants that?

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« Reply #45 on: June 05, 2012, 10:03:43 PM »
Marigolds planted with the tomatoes help with nematodes, for anything physically taking bites from leaves you will have to search and destroy them individually.  Grasshoppers, caterpillars, and cut bugs can be controlled with chemicals but who wants that?

Tom,

Thanks for you help!  :) I guess I will have to purchase some marigolds to see if they help with my plants this year.  I am still having problems with some groundhogs trying to eat off the tops of some of my plants.  I donít even know if it is groundhogs that are eating at some of my plants but whatever it is they are selective in eating certain tops off.  I also donítí want to use chemicals to try to control whatever is at some of my plants.  At least some of my plants are growing well.

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Re: Gardening tomatoes, herbs, and some veggies for 2012
« Reply #46 on: June 06, 2012, 04:05:57 PM »
Norma I hope your san marzanos turn out good! I would've given anything to get some seeds growing in time for this season but I got too late of a start on my love for pizza baking! BTW, I am sorry I've been MIA from the forum recently, I have been very busy with family and school. I'm going to get back into the swing of baking though soon, I have got to stop making so many hamburgers! (But my love for medium rare ground beef is almost scary, I find myself cooking it less and less! Ha)
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« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2012, 08:22:38 PM »
Norma I hope your san marzanos turn out good! I would've given anything to get some seeds growing in time for this season but I got too late of a start on my love for pizza baking! BTW, I am sorry I've been MIA from the forum recently, I have been very busy with family and school. I'm going to get back into the swing of baking though soon, I have got to stop making so many hamburgers! (But my love for medium rare ground beef is almost scary, I find myself cooking it less and less! Ha)

Cory,

The San Marzano tomato plants are okay so far.  I grew different varieties of San Marzano last year from seed and they were interesting, but I didnít have a food mill then.  I have a smaller food mill now that I picked up recently at a flea market. 

You sure donít have to apologize for being MIA for busy with family and school.  School is more important than making pizzas and so is family.  Lol, about your love of hamburgers and how you like them cooked.  :-D

These are a few pictures of what some of my tomato plants look like.  Some of the tomato plants and other plants have the tops and sides off.  I still donít know what is doing that.   My tomato plants are scattered all over the place.  These are some of them as of tonight.  Sorry for my messy yard, it needs mowed tomorrow.

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« Reply #48 on: June 06, 2012, 08:23:27 PM »
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« Reply #49 on: June 06, 2012, 08:24:30 PM »
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