Anyone else got the end of tomato season blues?

ladonSeptember 26, 2011

"All the leaves are brown (on my tomato plants)

And the sky is grey..."

- Mamas and the Papas

...And the forum posts are slowing down... I love growing my tomatoes, but I also love talking about them. LOL! I know that sounds kinda silly, but I work long hours in an office, and I love checking this forum a couple of times a day... Makes me feel a bit more connected to the outdoors while I'm working away. When the tomato season ends for most of us, the forum gets kinda slow too. The family just doesn't get as excited about the gardening stuff as I do. Anyone else miss the discussions during the slow months?

Don

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behlgarden(9)

I lost my tomatoes to squirrels. now that days are getting shorter, I leave home when its dark and by the time I get home its about to get dark and I dont get to spend as much time out in garden other than in weekends. I think weekday activity is going to slowdown further.

Miss the anticipation of seeing new blooms, setting of tomato fruits, and changing of color from green to pale pink.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 6:40PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I have my last planting just about ready to pop!

They are just starting to ripen.

75-80's for highs, 48-55's for lows for the next 15 days.

Jay

    Bookmark   September 26, 2011 at 10:19PM
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scotty66(8 Hutto TX)

here in zone 8 I'm hoping to harvest till late november... then start again in april.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 1:29AM
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Foodtomax(Mid North Coast NSW)

Dear Don don't despair
We are still growing tomatoes here.
I need all your help to win the biggest tomato competition another year.

Keep logging on and talking to me, max in Australia as our season is just starting. I've been planting into soil only in the last week. Planted BW, Giant Belgium, Giant Syrian, Delicious, seeds from last years winner plus many of the yummy ones talked about on this forum. Keep logging, We all want your expertise.
Cheers max

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 3:42AM
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austinnhanasmom(5 CO)

I used to get sad but then I discovered seed trading. The seed saving and trading and then seed starting etc. seems to keep me busy all year.

Jealous about the fantastic greenhouse!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2011 at 9:15AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

Jay is that EMT that you are using for the greenhouse? That's what it looks like to me anyway. I used EMT for a cold frame but thought it might be too flimsy for a greenhouse.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 12:36PM
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laurahenry

I just pulled out all my tomato plants to make room for some fall planting. I feel a little relieved actually... I can only spend so many days canning tomatoes!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2011 at 5:21PM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

Wertach,

It is 16 gauge 1.315 diameter pipe. It is just a heavier gauge of chainlink fence top rail. We bent them with an EMT pipe bender. I did use some EMT for crossbraces.

You can see more of my hoop houses at my website. I put the link below.

Jay

Here is a link that might be useful: Jay's Jellies

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 11:11AM
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wertach zone 7-B SC

That's a good idea, it's a little thinner than rigid, and same OD so it should bend fairly easy and be strong. That rigid is tough to bend!

Is that real White Lightning that you have for sale? ;)

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 11:35AM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

No, it is made with White Habaneros and white bell pepper. It will heat you up though.

Jay

    Bookmark   September 30, 2011 at 2:29PM
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