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    The squirrels take out my sunflowers. Of course, I didn't know I had squirrels until I grew the sunflowers.
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    Damn Euch, you NEED to dispatch that bugger. I had a good thread about removing Squirrels a while back but its been removed.

    Anyway, quick pointer for the container Tomato, pepper, cuke peeps, buy a bottle of natural Fish Fertilizer. Yeah, its stinky but your veggies will reward you with awesomeness. I alternate between "Neptunes Harvest Seaweed and Fish**" and "Alaska Fish Fertilizer**". Both are fantastic. Dilute them 3 tablespoons/gal and load your plants up once a week while there are visible fruits.

    **Known to possibly cause cancer in California but is completely acceptable throughout the rest of the F***king universe as a solid Natural, Fertilizer. Its ground up Fish for f***sake.
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    Also, for bed soil in each 40 gal Tomato container, I combine a Full Bag of 64 quart Miracle Grow Potting soil (w/moisture control) full bag (50lbs) of Organic top soil and a 1/4 bag of Pete Moss. Before I mix the lot, I add 3 hand fulls of Hydrated Lime and a cup of "Veggie Magic" which is a simple time release 10-2-2. After about 4 weeks, you should go with the Fish Fert. I'd love to give some watering instruction for Ca. but I can't. We in Va. have plenty of agua via late afternoon thunderstorms.

    Adding the Hydrated Lime will feed the plants and will keep the "Blossom End Rot" down.

    Good luck and lets see your bounty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by x-wingcamewest View Post
    I've never understood spending the time and money on things you can't eat anyways Nocturn.
    Sorry bro. I need food for my eyes as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturn View Post
    Damn Euch, you NEED to dispatch that bugger. I had a good thread about removing Squirrels a while back but its been removed.
    Nah - he's cool and I've pulled all my sunflowers already. Actually, that was the only time I've seen him and it was the day after my 40th birthday party so I'm glad I took a pic to make sure it wasn't some kinda hangover hallucination.

    Quote Originally Posted by nocturn View Post
    Anyway, quick pointer for the container Tomato, pepper, cuke peeps, buy a bottle of natural Fish Fertilizer. Yeah, its stinky but your veggies will reward you with awesomeness. I alternate between "Neptunes Harvest Seaweed and Fish**" and "Alaska Fish Fertilizer**".
    I love how on the Alaska Fish Fertilizer it says it has been deodorized with wintergreen or something like that. Yeah - wintergreen mixed with rotting fish entrails! Good stuff though, just make sure not to use it before company comes over for a BBQ.
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    My current crop:

    Tomatoes (San Marzano, Sundrop, Mung, and Pineapple)
    Cucumbers (Japanese, burpless, Armenian)
    Pinto beans
    Muskmelon
    White sweet corn
    Peppers (jalapeno, serrano, habanero, bells, Thai, and de arbols)
    Red onions
    Blueberries
    Grapes (flame and Thompson)
    Oregano
    Thyme
    Rosemary
    Cilantro
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocturn View Post
    My wife paid an asshat $100 to kill $8,000 worth of plants while I was "out of town" for 3 weeks (Sitka)...
    He's not dead yet? File for divorce?

    Quote Originally Posted by x-wingcamewest View Post
    I've never understood spending the time and money on things you can't eat anyways Nocturn.
    THIS.

    Quote Originally Posted by nocturn View Post
    If you need any pointers, let me know. I have indeterminate container Tomatoes dialed in. I went from having 10 plants a year down to just 5 with 4 times the yeald. Right now I have 2 Better Boy's, an Early Girl, Beefsteak and a Black Beefsteak Hybrid in the big cans. In the small pots I have Romas and Black Cherry. I also have chili, bells and Thai peppers.
    You have all that real estate and you don't slot some of it for a proper Kitchen Garden? I read your blend in other post, why not put in some raised beds and do a pseudo square foot garden with that.

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    how to keep strawberries from getting gutted out by some pests? I'm thinking the slugs are the culprits so I sprinkled some sea salt around the plant. will that help?
    I'm shocked that you don't know that Slugs love Beer, and they drown in it. Bury a pie plate to the edges and fill it with something you wouldn't normally drink (Keystone).

    Quote Originally Posted by nocturn View Post
    Anyway, quick pointer for the container Tomato, pepper, cuke peeps, buy a bottle of natural Fish Fertilizer. Yeah, its stinky but your veggies will reward you with awesomeness. I alternate between "Neptunes Harvest Seaweed and Fish**" and "Alaska Fish Fertilizer**". Both are fantastic. Dilute them 3 tablespoons/gal and load your plants up once a week while there are visible fruits.
    Fish emulsion rules. I buy it in Gallon Jugs. So does burying an old frozen buggers you caught last year that you won't eat next to the root ball, or better yet, wrap 2 or 3 of them 1 inch of dirt from the root ball all the way around.

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    Nah - he's cool and I've pulled all my sunflowers already. Actually, that was the only time I've seen him and it was the day after my 40th birthday party so I'm glad I took a pic to make sure it wasn't some kinda hangover hallucination.
    I plant sunflowers FOR the Squirrels. I've nicknamed the usual culprit "Chubby" cuz she's got a really fat ass and comes over and gets super spoiled. The dogs like to chase around the yard while she runs along the fence.

    I've tore up 400 Square feet of my back yard over the years and put in raised beds and go off a pseudo square foot method. This year I went with Zukes and Crookneck squash, 2 rows of Cucumbers, Eggplants, Endamame, Pole Beans, Carrots, Turnips, the usual herbs, Bell Peppers, and I've now decided to grow a couple Trinidad Scorpion Hot Peppers (Way the **** away from the Bell Peppers).

    "Tomato Alley" as it has affectionately been referred includes Brandywine Red & Pink/Mortgage Lifter/Celebrity/Early Girl/Better Boy and some other **** I can't remember. I think I've got a total of 20ish tomato plants in the ground already.

    Let me see if I can dig up some pics.
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    From some years back:

    Garden2007
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    at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    From some years back:

    Garden2007
    How'd the hanging tomato plants work for you? I tried them once and wasn't too impressed. I was hoping to limit bugs getting into them but still managed to get one these bastards eating my plants:


    This year I'm trying to prune/stake my tomatoes rather than use cages. I thought it would be easy but I can't keep up with some of them. I remove suckers almost daily and still get behind and end up with multiple stems - especially on the indeterminate ones. We'll see if it pays off, I already have a ton of fruit on them and they're close to 6ft tall, but it's more work than just using cages.
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    This is Goliath, tallest Tomato plant I've ever growth. It topped 12 feet before it fell over. It didn't produce **** for some reason, but it was right after my Garden Revamp 3 years ago when I replaced all my boxes;

    at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.

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