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What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

Posted by Daniel_NY 7a (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 22, 14 at 11:44

I'm sure we ALL could learn a thing or two.


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

* Get advice from those who grow tomatoes successfully

* Be selective about which varieties you grow

* Be prepared to support your plants

* Check out different opinions about how to make the experience fun and productive


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

  • Posted by digdirt 6b-7a North AR (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 22, 14 at 14:30

1 - that growing them in containers is a whole different ballgame and requires very different methods than growing them in ground. They need different container mix, different feeding and watering, and different varieties for best results.

2 - that the bigger the container is the better and while 5 gallons can be done with extra work, a 12" pot doesn't cut it. 10 gallons is 10x better than 5 gallons.

3 - that pruning is optional but never required.

4 - that most indeterminate variety plants will be 6-8 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide so plant accordingly.

5 - that the 3-4 ring things sold as tomato cages are a waste of money.

6 - that given the thousands of varieties, a tomato cannot be identified in hand, much less from a photo of the fruit.

7 - that the many common tomato plant diseases are just that - common. So learn about them, prepare for them, and then learn to live with them.

8 - that leaves gets spots on them for all kinds of reasons but nine times out of 10 it is just environmental damage and pose no threat to the plant.

9 - that patience is a virtue and green fruit does not ripen in a week. It takes an average of 6-8 weeks from fruit set to ripe.

10 - that branches break all the time and unless it is a full break it will usually scar up and keep on growing with no problems.

Dave


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

  • Posted by qaguy Sunset 21/LosAngeles (My Page) on
    Fri, Aug 22, 14 at 15:29

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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

The first advice I would give to a newbie is TO READ: books, magazines, Internet articles, forums’ threads… Rainy autumn days and white winter days are perfect for reading.

More he knows easier he will be able to fix potential problems. And there WILL be problems.

Ask around if you have questions, there will ALWAYS be somebody willing to help you.

This post was edited by Daniel_NY on Fri, Aug 22, 14 at 15:48


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Excellent advice Dave


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If at first you don't succeed... replant!

There is no such thing as a perfect garden, much less a perfect tomato plant.

The same tomato will not necessarily taste the same from one year to the next. Or even grow the same!

You can plan all you want, but you can't change what weather you get.

Moisture meters are your friends. Hornworms are not.

As you are sweating, getting covered in dirt and getting chewed up by mosquitoes, keep telling yourself "this is fun... this is fun... "

Above all, relax and enjoy!

Edie


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My advice:

1- start small and learn as you go along.
2- get a soil test to know what your soil is lacking.
3- When it come to fertilizer, plants don't care where the N, P, K, Mg, Ca ..is coming from. Don't waste your money on expensive so-called "organic" fertilizer (MPO), UNLESS you are an "Organic purist". That is fine. That is your prerogative.
4- Be systematic on spraying with anti fungal on schedule, Prevention is better than fighting .
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you have also given lots of other good advice already.


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

Some pretty good advice above....
1. Know your weather...and the differences in growing techniques/skills needed in your neighborhood.
2. Learn who has knowledge here and who is just long-winded
3. Rain and damp weather is not your friend.
4. Provide plenty of sun.
5. Listen to digdirt.


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

And

Enjoy what you are doing.

Always read the great advice.

Take the time to sort out different opinions.

Decide what is right for you.

Every garden and gardener are different

Good Luck


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

My Stupidest Gardening Mistake - or- We Were Once All Newbies (GardenWeb)

Newbies and even pros might learn a thing or two.


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Be organized !

No matter how many tools you have, no matter how expensive they are, if it takes 5 minutes to find a hammer, you’re not very efficient.

Buy a cheap toolbox, fill it with your most used tools and keep it handy.

Also, buy the best - which most of the times, are the most expensive - tools that you can afford. They will last longer and will work better than cheap tools that break after few days.

This post was edited by Daniel_NY on Mon, Aug 25, 14 at 22:07


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RE: What are your Top 5/10 advice for a newbie ?

Best advice that was given to me :

Do not put your fingers under the trunk when you don't know how the engine works.

Which, finally, is an incentive to read Garden Web.

And to let your tomatoes fight for themselves when you're busy/lazy/ignorant. Usually, they don't fancy dying anymore than you do.


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BE CONSISTENT !!!

Make - and stick with - schedules: watering, fertilizing, fungicide…

While skipping some operations - watering or fertilizing - can have usually minor reversible effect on the crop yield, others - such as skipping spraying fungicide - can have DISASTROUS effect.

Also, read AND follow labels’ instructions. Don’t “guess” how much you should use. It’s true, in time, when you get experience you might not have to measure those 6 teaspoons, or 4 oz., you can estimate how much that would be. Half a spoon more or less doesn’t make any difference. But, if according to the label, you have to use ONE spoon and you use FIVE spoons - what you "guessed" - you WILL have a problem.


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Best advice??

Listen to Dave/digdirt.

He's the man!!

Thank you Dave for all of your kind, generous help!! (Applause)


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lilsprout wrote: > Best advice?? Listen to Dave/digdirt.

fireduck wrote: > …Listen to digdirt.

lilsprout and fireduck, while I agree that Dave / digdirt knows A LOT, we - the newbies - still try to share what we know. And MANY learned a thing or two. Not YOU TWO, because you don't need... newbies' opinions.

This post was edited by Daniel_NY on Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 11:38


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More advice ?


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