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JohnB
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April 9, 2007 6:16 pm  

To change tone from the serious (crime, schools, medicine) to the sublime or sublimely ridiculous – how well do tomotoes grow on stx. Does the alkaline soil pose much problem.

We're not avid gardeners, but we love fresh tomotoes. Who doesn't?


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Jules
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April 9, 2007 6:20 pm  

STT Resident and Daniel Jude can probably advise you. They're the board's green thumbs-- STT res on STT and Daniel Jude on STX. Both of them are valuable resources on such matters. I'm sure one or both will reply to you soon...


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JohnB
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April 9, 2007 6:22 pm  

Forgot to mention – wse're looking to move to stx. So growing tomatoes on stx would be the question.


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flounder
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April 9, 2007 7:51 pm  

tomatoes grow amazingly well here on STX.......great crop producing right now


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April 9, 2007 8:04 pm  

I have tomatoes, corn, green beans, squash, eggplant, watermelon, cantelope, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers, chilis and pumpkins. I have potted up a ton of veggi plants for Dan. They should be ready to sell next week. Many different varieties of tomatoes. Everything is growing great.


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April 9, 2007 8:30 pm  

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Daniel was telling me what an enormous help you have been to him lately - congrats to both of you on your mutual green thumbs! Save some veggies for me!.....especially tomatoes! Ya'll sound like a great team.....I know he can grow anything!


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April 9, 2007 11:01 pm  

During most of the year you can get great tomatoes and other vegetables out in Southgate at the vegetable stand located across from Cheesburgers. They have been there for many years and have a strong group of customers. (mostly friends by now). They have the best for sale tomatoes i have every had on St Croix


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April 9, 2007 11:36 pm  

Oh man, I have to admit that I miss my Dad's big beefsteak tomatoes that he used to pull out of his garden by the bushelfull. Two slices of toasted white bread, a thin layer of mayo, two thick slabs of beesteak tomato and some salt and pepper... best sandwich in the world.


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Becky R
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April 9, 2007 11:44 pm  

Beth, that's just cruel.....we're sitting here in 46 degree weather and you're talking tomato sandwiches???? You are heartless, woman!


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April 10, 2007 12:08 am  

Although I have to admit, that even my Dad, the golly green giant, would not have any fresh tomatos right now with his 28 degrees and snow in Cleveland.


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April 10, 2007 2:34 am  

Beth, I am going to be potting up about 50 beefsteak tomato plants tonight. I will put you one in a big pot for your patio unless you have a place to plants. Do you want anything else? Let me know.
Tammy


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April 10, 2007 4:09 am  

Had a great chiabatta sandwich. Mayo, Guiness soaked cheddar, and some nice beefy tomatoes with a bit of salt. Yummy.

But I digress. It's the rat race in Los Angeles that allows me this bit of nice


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bethburnett70
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April 11, 2007 12:32 am  

Tammy I do not have a place to plant in my rental yard, so a pot would be best, but be forewarned... I have the opposite of a green thumb. I can even kill a cactus. Or Aloe. Seriously. I'm very afraid.


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April 11, 2007 12:34 am  

Have you seen the upside down system fo r growing tomatos in a hanging pot - lots of gardening catalogues have it and an internet search might tell you more. It sounds as though it might work for you.


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April 11, 2007 1:47 am  

Don't worry Beth. Just a little miraclegro, sun, water,and a prayer to the tomato god. We will have your thumb green in no time. If all fails I'll give you some tomatoes.
Tam


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April 11, 2007 1:51 am  

I just bought a couple of the hanging tomato pots from QVC. Don't remember exactly, but I think it was about $17-$20, plus shipping for two. I have not planted them yet, but I like the idea. The pictures look good, and I usually trust QVC products to do what they say. I will try to remember to post in a couple of weeks or so and let you know how they are doing. I am concerned they will be very attractive to the birds once the tomatoes start to turn red. Anyone know where I can get toy rubber snakes?


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April 11, 2007 10:54 am  

Juanita - the trashy birds will decimate your crop in a heartbeat if they find them. I haven't grown tomatoes in a while now but, when I did, I bought a roll of a mesh product from a stateside gardening supply company and covered the plants with it which solved the bird problem. I also had a lot of iguanas around and enclosed my gardening area with inexpensive chicken wire to keep them out. Hope this helps. Cheers.


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JohnB
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April 12, 2007 2:42 pm  

Sounds like garden perfection! I'm assuming with a series of pots you could rotate them and have fresh tomatoes practically year round? Wow.

Here in Oregon where are growing season is more limited, I always say if you can't have fresh tomatoes, what's the point of having summer?


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April 12, 2007 3:08 pm  

My sentiments exactly. We are in the sun belt of washington State coast - Port Townsend and I am counting the days til I can plant my toms. I am going to try the "upside down" technique this yr on my porch. See what happens.
Also going to try the new red mulch - see if that is hype or fact.


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