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Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

Posted by garf 10b (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 21, 12 at 21:28

I normally plant in containers. I have terrible soil in my yard, EXCEPT one spot where a mulch pile has been for 30 years. I cleared the branches from the pile and put one Red Brandywine plant in that spot. That plant literally exploded. It's the healthiest plant in the yard. This tells me a great deal about my container mixes.


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

  • Posted by robeb Kansas City area (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 21, 12 at 22:56

I don't understand...
What does this tell you about your container mixes?


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

The Previous Owners left an 18" woodchip pile in a sunny corner of the backyard. I don't know how old the mulch was at that time: probably at least a year or two old.

I used a small amount of it, and didn't control the weeds much. When I'd lived here four years, I began to get rid of the weeds and seedling trees and dug deeply to eradicate the Bermuda. A year later I finished working on the flower bed and planted daylilies. (And yes, the Bermuda's gone: it can be done ... though it still tries to invade from the grass around the bed.)

The soil where all those woodchips decayed is the best on the property.

As for garf's container mixes: I wonder if perhaps he also dumped his used container mix atop the old mulch?

But in any case, no wonder the tomato's happy.

He should consider digging up the area and spreading it on his veggie beds.


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  • Posted by garf 10b (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 23, 12 at 13:31

The container plants look truly sick compared to the mulch pile plant.


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  • Posted by garf 10b (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 23, 12 at 14:32

I am getting the first blush on the red brandywine plant. I hope I can stay ahead of the worms. I haven't used BT on this one.


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Haven't even seeded my maters yet. What I wouldn't give for a decent tomato RIGHT NOW... Guess I've got to get out of Maine.


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  • Posted by garf 10b (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 26, 12 at 19:42

Here are the first 2 tomatoes from the mulch pile plant. The coin is a quarter.


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boy - wouldn't that go great with mayo on white bread...


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 14, 12 at 18:36

The plant is just about gone. One green tomato left. The last 2 rotted.


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 25, 12 at 12:50

The last tomato on the plant has gone bad. Time to pull the plant. I wonder if the seed from this last tomato is usable?


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

Go for it!


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it looks to me a weedkiller damage to me. This type of tomato can be overwintered unless you get to freezing temps.


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  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 25, 12 at 17:24

It can't be over summered here in Miami. I think it's got TYLCV from the Whitefly.


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

Wood chips are the bomb! Wish I had a ton or two of them for my garden.

~Barb

PS: this film was revolutionary to me, even tho the principles are ancient.

Here is a link that might be useful: The advantages of gardening with wood chip mulch


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

Okie:
Isn't that a great film!
I am working on my mulching little by little.


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

Okie:
Isn't that a great film!
I am working on my mulching little by little.


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RE: Red Brandywine in Mulch Pile

  • Posted by garf 10B (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 28, 12 at 20:03

Gone.


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