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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Rosaboobie » Mon Feb 01, 2016 1:40 pm

That's what poly tunnels were invented for :cool:
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby draclvr » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:22 pm

I don't think poly tunnels would QUITE work for me! This is just ONE of my two tomato "forests" I grow every year!
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby LadyKestrel » Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:52 pm

A poly dome, perhaps? :D
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Diat60 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:05 pm

So, Drac, do you get in and pinch out all those plants? I only plant a few but there's a lot of side shoots to be pinched. And what about taking the bottom stems and leaves off? That "forest" looks like you could get lost in it!
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Diat60 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:10 pm

I'm just reading a Stuart MacBride detective story (Det. Sgt. Logan McRae) set in Aberdeen. He mentions that in Aberdeen they call the dustmen (garbagemen to us) "scaffies". Do they call them that on Sanday too?
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby draclvr » Mon Feb 01, 2016 3:30 pm

Diat, I am firmly in the camp of never suckering my tomato plants. My husband has even come over to my way of thinking. When you sucker/pinch off the side shoots, you are removing the main flowering stems. If you want bigger tomatoes, you let those side shoots grow and just pinch off half of the blooms. I just let them all grow and my harvests so far out did his with the same number of plants and same tomato varieties, he finally just grinned and said, "You're right!"

I do remove the bottom two levels of the big stems. These plants are all on 4' centers and are growing in 5' tall tomato cages made of heavy duty concrete reinforcement mesh. Although this looks crowded and dense, there is still plenty of room to move around in there. Once you are in there, you are lost to the rest of the world though! Some of them grow to 7' tall and more - depends on the variety. I always wear a white T-shirt in there because you do come out totally green - bleach wash, baby. Bleach wash!

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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Diat60 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:44 pm

Interesting, I'll have to try that if summer ever comes again. Why not try a tomato green tee and save on the bleach?
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby draclvr » Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:07 pm

Bleach is cheap, Diat! Maybe try it on one plant and do what you normally do on the rest? It is said perfectly sane gardeners can come to blows over the sucker or not to sucker divide!

I usually have anywhere from 120 - 140 tomato plants, so it would be VERY time consuming for me for no benefit from my experience.
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Val » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:37 am

Wow Drac! Your tomato forest is impressive!
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:30 am

When you said you grew tomatoes, I never dreamed it was on this scale. But I should have known you did it on a large scale ha ha.

Never heard of the word scaffies Diat - I think Orkney has a completely different "language" to the rest of Scotland, having such a strong Viking connection. So many of our place names are derived from the Vikings. Like Drac said, Orkney including Sanday is steeped in history and archaeological sites. We have a prehistoric village on mainland Orkney - Skara Brae - which is far far older than the Pyramids of Giza.

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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby draclvr » Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:33 am

Yup, I could just get lost with fascination in your history! Since I was a little girl old enough to read, I've been interested in how early people lived. Would love to visit a Neolithic site like Skara Brae.
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 02, 2016 12:32 pm

Oh my visit to Skara Brae was awesome - thats my kind of field trip!
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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Lucien21 » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:09 pm

Rosaboobie wrote:Oh my visit to Skara Brae was awesome - thats my kind of field trip!


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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Winfrey » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:12 pm

Lucien 21... didn't realize you were in Edinburgh.... one of my favorite places. I used to go to Scotland for business... beautiful.. beautiful country side.

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Re: Brace yourselves, we are told!

Postby Rosaboobie » Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:29 pm

Never been to Eddinburgh - would love to go.
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