Miracle in the Back yard.

@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
United States
August 5, 2010 11:26am CST
As many of u know my aunt told me years ago i had a brown thumb instead of a green one because everything i tried to raise died. . I decided i would plant me 2 tomato plants & 2 pepper plants. I have these two beautiful tomato plants that have grown at least 3 ft. tall, so healthy looking & not a darn tomato on them,lol. As for the pepper plants they haven't grown tall at all but miracles do happen i have 2 peppers on them. Is your thumb green or brown like mine.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
5 Aug 10
It's so frustrating to have beautiful tomato plants but no tomatoes your tomato plant maybe getting to much nitrogen.it may be a pretty healthy plant but with to much nitrogen it won't produce fruit.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Thanks for your response & the tip. I'm really surprised they lived & grew so tall.lol.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Are they in pots or the ground?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
They are in the ground.
@GardenGerty (101788)
• United States
5 Aug 10
I have a great green thumb when it comes to weeds. Your tomato plants will set fruit when the very hot, over 90 weather is past. Peppers like it hot. You did really well. I have a huge WHITE pumpkin, no surprise, as I planted seeds I saved a few years ago from a white pumpkin. I also have lots of butternut squash. I will really enjoy the fall harvest. these pumpkin and squash vines are taking over my entire garden and yard.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 Aug 10
HI GG, Thanks for your response. Glad u think i will have tomatoes, hope u are right. i'll try to keep the faith. My neighbor keeps on commenting on how big the tomato plants are. Her & her granson put me up a stahe to tie the biggest to .It was so heavy the stakes i had put up were not doing any good. I had give my mop a haircut & was using that but the plant outgrew my mop, lol.
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@GardenGerty (101788)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Okay, that tells me that there is a lot of nitrogen in the soil. If you were to get a plant food that had a higher middle number, it might help. I have also been told to give epsom salts to tomatoes when I plant them, and other people have told me to bury banana peels with the plants or at their roots. I just think you have a fairly long growing season. Tomatoes do not set fruit when the temps are 90 and above is what I have been told.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Thanks GG, i want give up on them yet. It is hot here for sure. I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed that i will have tomatoes. lol
@andy77e (5165)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Isn't it funny how small things people close to us say, get lodged in our memory for life? So 20 years later, we do the thing person x said something about, just to prove them wrong. Not to change the subject, but I do find that a fascinating aspect of humanity. We gotta prove that guy in the 3rd grade who said we couldn't do X, wrong.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Good morning & thanks for responding.It is odd what sticks in my mind. I wish big things would stick that are important but that's not happening, lol. Happy weekend to u.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Aug 10
hi antiquelady maybe you needed more tomato plants to be sure to get blooms fertilized but you did get some green peppers. could be your soil ph value is not right too. I would check to see what ph value tomatoes need.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
hEY hatley, nice to hear from u. I did well to get them planted, lol. I'm surprised they have even grown w/my brown thumb. Maybe i will have some but i can't do alot of gardening. The peppers have got to grow before i have bragging rights on them, lol. Thanks for responding & have a happy weekend.
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Lol!!! Good luck. Mine is brown too. Ive tried before. Once i actually rented a house and grew some really nice tomato plants. There were so many tomatoes that time. I always wished i could grow a garden. So far havent really had any place to grow. Since that once mentioned above. Couple years ago i tried growing in containers. That was a joke. MY sister is completely opposite of me. I always tell everyone she can throw a handful of seeds on cement and grow a garden.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Hi, thanks for responding. My whole family was like your sister . mother always said she got the wrong baby at the hospital & i kept convincing her of that my whole life, lol. I don't know why i thought i'd do good w/these because i'm just surprised they are still living. Thanks for responding & hope u have a great weekend.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
5 Aug 10
I usually get things to grow and my tomatoes had severasl tomatoes on them but the darn dog dug them up
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 Aug 10
To late after they are all gone! This is the only dog we have had that we dont let in the house often as she chews up everythigng.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
I don't blame u for leaving her outside. That is a very bad habit for dogs to do that.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 Aug 10
I know and what ever we have tried it hasnt stopped her and DIG!!!!!!!!!!!!! every where there is dirt dont mind it to much but she throws it on the patio lololol
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• Philippines
7 Aug 10
I think I have a brown thumb. Same thing happens with what I plant. They all die. But never loose hope. Maybe, just maybe, your tomato will surprise you one day. And your pepper will grow taller. Just believe in them. They will blossom to what you expect them to be. Soon. ^_^
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Hi Trish, thanks for responding. If i have tomatoes i'm gonna' be one surprised old lady, lol. Happy weekend to u.
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• Philippines
10 Aug 10
hohoho. Sing to them, or talk to them. Maybe that will help too. ^_^
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
17 Aug 10
They would curl up & die for sure if i sang to them. Can't carry a tune in a bucket, lol. One of my tomato plants is as tall as i am & not a stinking tomato on it. PITAFUL!!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
5 Aug 10
I like growing things but I think that I am middle of the road - some things turn out well but not others. I don't know what you can do to make the tomatoplants bloom and grow tomatoesI am glad about the peppers though. I do better with flowers and do have some lovely orchids blooming right now. did you fertilize your plants? Keep us informed with the tomato plants. We are having a public holiday tomorrow so am taking the day off from work. Am tired of working on public holidays I want a nothing day where I can read and maybe watch a movie and my kitchen needs organizing badly. Not sure that I will sort out the kitchen
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 Aug 10
Hi Cynthi, thanks for responding. I bet your orchids are just beautiful. I can't imagine having something that pretty growing in your yard. My tomatoes have blooms on them. If i get one tomato off them u will probably hearme at your house i'll be so excited, lol. I'm sooooo glad u are going to have a holiday. U certainly deserve one. Enjoy every minute of it & think about yourself for a change instead of everybody else. That's an order, lol.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
5 Aug 10
Yes, Ma'am. I will obey your order
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
I bet u didn't, lol. Happy weekend to u.
@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Aug 10
My thumbs are brown only when I've been digging in the dirt too long and worn through my gloves...
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 Aug 10
Hey barb, thanks for responding. U must have the touch i don't have. lol. Hope things are well w/u.
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@BarBaraPrz (20544)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Aug 10
I have some yellow flowers in the front yard that are well over 6 feet tall... they're only supposed to get about 3 feet tall... and it's not like I give them any special attention. I don't even water them!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Aug 10
Kind of yellow? I can grow certain types of things and not others. Well basically, if it's hard to kill, I have a chance. If it's easy to kill, I probably will.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
17 Aug 10
wELL, GUESS WE'LL JUST HAVE TO CLAIM FAME w/something besides our thumbs, lol. Thanks for your response.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Sounds to me like your thumb has changed..lol...I think I have a brown thumb. My plants grow better when I leave them alone. I can grow a big ole cactus..lol..but the tender attention needing plants are as good as goners when I bring them in.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Hi Jenn, well, we'll see if it has when I have a tomato. I'm not going to hold my breath wiating for that to happen, lol. Hope your weekend has been good so far, Thanks for responding.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
7 Aug 10
Congratulations on the peppers. Now our tomatoes we had a over abundance of them. We had so many we were giving them to whoever would take them getting up to 20-30 tomatoes out of the garden a day for a few weeks. We planted a lot of tomatoes.But our cabbage didn't do well at all poor things, we didn't even get one.. So far our peppers don't have anything on them just blooms but I am hoping to be able to get some peppers off them in a few weeks. Crosses fingers.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
7 Aug 10
gOOD MORNING, THANKS , hope the peppers will get big enough to eat. That's great your tomatoes did so well. Wish mine would. I'd love to have enough to can some but i don't think that will happen,lol.Thanks for responding, hope u have a great weekend.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
6 Aug 10
When I lived in New York I had a green thumb. I had tomato plants, green and red peppers, squash, strawberries and raspberries. I also had flowers and roses that I was able to grow. Here in New Mexico I have a brown thumb. Can't even grow a rose bush. When I move to Puerto Rico at the end of the month I already have a backyard full of fruits and veggies. I have everything from bananas to pineapple to avacodos and coconuts. I can't wait because I know there I will once again have a green thumb.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Hi Lelin, thanks for your response. I didn't know they changed colors, lol. Maybe there is hope for me yet. Your new home sounds wonderful. bet u are really getting excited. To have that kind of yard at the new place is wonderful. Happy weekend to u.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
6 Aug 10
lol.,i really donot know whether my thumb is brown or green as i didnot get a chance to experiment.i live in a city apartment where i do not have a backyard,i will have to wait till i go to my native village home................
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
OMGOODNESS, IF U ARE LIKE ME MAY BE BETTER U DON'T FIND OUT, LOL. tHANKS FOR RESPONDING. hAPPY WEEKEND TO U.
@jamuls (530)
• Philippines
6 Aug 10
my Mom said i've a green thumb. i like planting. part of my chores at home is taking care of our orchids. i don't know if this is true about green and brown thumb. i just know how to take care of plants like my mom and dad. maybe you just need a good soil and a good location for your plants. organic fertilizers would also help... our house is like a jungle, plants every where... :)
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Good morning, thanks for your response & welcome to mylot. Sounds like everyone in your family has green thumbs. Everyone in my family did but me, lol. Happy weekend to u.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
6 Aug 10
Hi Jo I am not very good at gardening at all lol I watered my Neighbours Plants while they where away and they are still all alive but I got so bored while watering them, the worst is I always had the Urge to hold the Hose to my Friend lol if she was here just to liven up the watering of the Plants, but I restrained myself lol and did not do it
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Hi Gabs, I'm not good either. I am shocked that these plants have survived to be honest. I don't think anyone would leave me in charge of their plants if they wanted them to still be living when they got back home. . Glad u restrained yourself. That might have put an end to a nice friendship.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
6 Aug 10
Great news about your peppers! I don’t have a green thumb at all and, as much as I love gardens, I don’t really want one! The reason I say this is that, just like cooking, gardening is something I just don’t enjoy at all! I do love nature and beautiful gardens but I am just not the person to tend to them! I do have two indoor plants that are still alive and well after almost six months and that’s pretty good for me!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Good morning Paula & thanks for your response. I love to cook & can do that at my liesure but am not able to do much gardening w/my medical problems but have enjoyed the 4 plants i have. I never do house plants. They just curl up & die on me, lol. Hope u have a happy weekend.
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• Philippines
6 Aug 10
hello! congrats on your peppers! well, it's not really your "brown thumb" maybe its just finding the right soil and right time to plant your seeds....I live in the Philippines and its a tropical country...most of what we plant in the soil grows....not because of green thumb or something but merely because the soil is just so nutrient rich and the weather / climate is just perfect for planting.......well good luck on your gardening...
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Good morning & thanks for your response. Happy weekend to u.
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
6 Aug 10
Is there really such as thing as green or brown thumb? At any rate if a supposed brown thumb like you can plant healthy tomatoes and pepper then it is okay to be brown thumb. And you've got two peppers!!! Nice! You know I've been spreading seeds of tomatoes and pepper on my garden but I've not seen any of the seed sprouting. On the other hand, my orchids are blooming and the mango and avocado trees that I myself planted are teeming with fruits. Now I don't know how would I be classified. Green or brown thumb?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
I have heard the expression green thumb all my life, I thought it real funny when my aunt told me mine was brown instead of green. I think u must have a green one. To have orchids blooming in your yard would be such a treat. I know they must be beautiful. Fruit trees like that would be a blessing.I have never eaten a mango or an avocado. Thanks for responding. Happy weekend to u.
@AmbiePam (49884)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Well, if I were educated in how to grow certain plants, I think it might be green. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle of the green and brown spectrum. Actually, the times I've tried to grow something, I have been fairly successful. Twice, I planted a garden. Once when I was ten, and then again when I was fifteen. The first time, my lettuce was growing nicely, and a kid who was mowing our back yard, for some reason, mowed over it. When I was fifteen, the same thing happened. I was living in a different house, and to make sure no one did anything to the tomatoes or lettuce, I marked it off, and put a sign on a wooden "stick" by the plants. And some moron kid I went to school with decided he wasn't going to pay attention to anything, and knocked down the sign and destroyed both the tomato plants, and my lettuce while he was mowing our yard (he was getting paid for it, not doing it for free). I was pretty heartsick.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
6 Aug 10
Good morning Ambie, i think i would have put a knot on both their heads for doing that.lol. That was very mean of them. I'm so proud of mine even tho there isn't a tomato on those big , tall plants, lol i haven't given up.Thanks for responding. Happy weekend to u. Hope u are feeling better.