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Tomato and Banana Peppers - 
More tomatoes will be ready for picking in the next few days, but I picked this yesterday. Tom is happy!
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
United States
August 14, 2008 9:54pm CST
I haven't posted in this category in a while and I haven't a clue why. My tiny gardening project has turned out quite well and I've got lots of pictures. I picked another nice juicy tomato yesterday along with two banana peppers. All of this was started from seed with little prior experience at gardening. This interest area has been pretty quiet. Is everyone busy canning their bounty?
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@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I have never tried to can anything. I don't really know how to do it. I know a little bit about what it consists of though. We only have three tomato plants left in our small garden and we eat the tomatoes as soon as they ripen most of the time. I never have any left to can, LOL.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I've only done pickles a couple of times one year and then a few jars of salsa, so I'm certainly no expert. I don't have any of my canning equipment any longer so I can't do any now either.
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@GardenGerty (118198)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I only ever canned things that were high enough acid to be processed in a hot water bath. Mostly I have frozen things. I have made jams and jellies as well.
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I have learned to can from asking for help here this year. I love this site just for that reason. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@cjmobxnc (137)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Actually, I've been busy working this week. Up at 4:30 am every morning since Monday, working till 12:30pm, then coming home and doing stuff around the house, then getting on myLot, then getting ready for the next day and going to bed. I didn't get a chance to even plant a garden this year. That is one thing that I intend to do next year.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Container gardening is a lot less work. You might to look into that if time is a factor.
@cjmobxnc (137)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Thank you for giving me this idea. I think I will try it. Do you know if it too late for me to try some container gardening this season, or if I would do better to wait until next year?
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@GardenGerty (118198)
• United States
15 Aug 08
No, I am not canning. I am freezing a few things, but my pears are going to be my major project this year. The tree is just hanging down. The pears are not big, I think this is about when they are ready to pick. I am glad I am cutting back on some of my outside work, so I can take care of them. I am putting grapes in the freezer, and eating lots of tomatoes.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I think freezing is so much easier, but it works better for some things than others. I would love to have some fruit trees, and hoping to plant some when I finally get into my own house again.
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@N4life (851)
• United States
19 Aug 08
We have done some freezing it is easier than canning and drying I think. Need to look into canning more as we are going to have a big bounty in the next couple yers (fingers crossed). We ae lucky enough to have a relative nearby with a lot of space who allowed us to plant fruit trees last fall. They seem to be doing good now. Keeping insects and vermin away using organic means alone may be a challenge. I used to use non-organic ferts and pesticides but am no longer going to use. Looking around mylot for some good first-hand tips as these are the best!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
15 Aug 08
i'm so glad yours is doing well. my little garden is about gone. we have not had rain in forever & it has just about burnt up . friends are nice to share their bounty.went & picked 3 sacks of apples today at a friend's. been peeling apples all afternoon to put in the freezer. she also has pears but they aren't quite ready yet. canned 4 pints of tomatoes a friend gave me so i'm doing pretty good.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
You didn't have a way to water other than rainfall? My little stuff is right here by the water hose and I leave buckets out to catch rain water and try to use that most of the time. Since it is all right here close by, it's no problem to dip a little to give them a drink.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
15 Aug 08
did water it but it has just been so hot & dry it couldn't do well. plants are burning up.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I am finally getting to eat my tomatoes! None of my green peppers are happening. Something is eating the heck out of them. I've used a lot of poison on them but to no avail. I planted my beans way late because I put the first ones too deep in the ground. This has been a learning experience for sure. Next year I will do better.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I have a couple of bell peppers in containers, a green one and a chocolate one. They've got fruit, but never got very big and I don't know if they will at this stage or not. Sure did get some nice looking banana peppers, though, and more still coming in. I've got loads more tomatoes in varying stages of growth. Good thing my husband loves fresh tomatoes, because I don't.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Aww, I love tomatoes! My son doesn't care for them though. I think I only have enough for myself anyway. I only planted three plants and only one of them is producing so far. If the other two start up I can freeze them. I just got a new seal-a-meal and I love it! I've canned them before but that is so hot! I just hate heating up the house.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I'm impressed at how well you're doing with so little experience! Your tomato vines look awesome! I'm about to start canning tomatoes. More specifically, I'll be making salsa and stewed tomatoes and canning them. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears right now! This always happens, every year. I plant too many tomato plants, get one or two ripe ones, then a couple more, then WHAM! They all ripen at once! That's what is happening right now. I think I ought to have some interesting-looking salsa and stewed tomatoes, though. I planted all kinds of tomatoes, different colors, different sizes. Some are the traditional red kind, but I've also planted tomato plants that are yellow, pink, green and purple when ripe! I won't take pictures of my plants because they look awful this year due to the excessive heat we had. I got plenty of tomatoes but the vines look puny. My peppers didn't do so well, either. I have one bell pepper growing, one pimento pepper and 2 banana peppers. The only pepper plant that is going crazy with peppers is my habanero pepper plant. That has dozens of peppers on it! I think I'm going to make a hot pepper spray from them to use around my garden to keep the critters out.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I guess I'm a quick study. Give me a 'real' garden and I probably wouldn't have known what to do with it. I did have several of the tomato plants in 5-gal buckets and they did great and produced fruit, but I didn't realize that the variety I got were indeterminate, so they weren't the best choice to do in smaller containers. The few that I put into the ground ended up over 6ft and there are dozens of tomatoes on each plant, whereas the few in the buckets only produced 2-3 edible tomatoes so far and didn't get about 3ft or so. When I saw how big those in the ground were getting, I decided to give it a shot and put one of the bucket plants into the ground, even though it already had a couple of tomatoes on it, one that had grown quite large but just wouldn't turn red. The very next day it had a bit of a blush on it, and the plant perked up like you wouldn't believe. That was the first tomato that Tom ate and there are several more coming in on that plant that will be even better. The plant itself has grown taller and bushier as well. It's amazing. Tomatoes can definitely be grown in containers, but I'll be sure to pick a smaller variety if I go that route again. I still can't believe I even got any tomatoes from those plants at all, but I did, so I must have done something right. Tom said there was no difference in the taste between the smaller and larger plants, they were all awesome.
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@aseretdd (13735)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
The tomato looks very yummy... now i am very hungry... good thing i ordered pizza delivery from Pizza hut... i have never tasted banana peppers before... are they spicy... or the sweet and juicy kind... you are doing a good thing... growing your own food is the best food there is... My father just decided to plant some vegetables in the garden... and in a few weeks time we will see the result... and i hope i can post them here...
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I don't like tomatoes or peppers, but my husband says banana peppers are real sweet and he eats them by themselves straight from the plant. I stick with the beans, snap peas and cucumbers, the tomatoes and peppers are for him.
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@N4life (851)
• United States
17 Aug 08
We moved to a new house over the winter. Our first summer garden in our home is turning out well for the first year. Spaghetti squash like mad, green beans, cucumbers, toms, potatos all doing well. We had issues with the cauliflower being munched on a bit much. We did not get around at night quick enough to see what exactly was munching. Had never grown cauliflower before. Oh well...next year we are hoping to have enough for our local farmer's market just down the street. Good luck all.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Oh, that would be wonderful to have a garden large enough to sell some things too. I'd love that! I'll have an abundance of tomatoes this year for sure, but I only planted a small amount of a few other things. The cukes, peppers and tomatoes are the only things still producing.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I have one lone tomato plant in my "garden"--that's all I planted! One reason or another and I never got around to planting the seeds my friend in Arizona sent me except that one plant. And I did it late in the season, too. So they're growing, there's 5 on there so far and more to come, but they're still green and small.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Aug 08
I'm sure they'll be fine. I started some at various times too, and I've got one in a big tub now that is growing like mad and just started flowering, so I don't know if it will make it in time. The tub is heavy so I can't move it into the house at night or anything, but I could probably cover it somehow.
@diansinta (7550)
• Indonesia
17 Aug 08
Hi Ldyjarhead,(*hug) Must be fun to have garden and harvesting, i miss all that, before i used to manage garden with my dad. But now im working at different island from my parents..i miss all that Happy Gardening oxxo'dian from bali island.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
17 Aug 08
It has been fun, and I vow that next year I will have a proper garden, no matter where I end up.
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I am still getting tomatoes and peppers but today I am planting more seeds. My basil and other herbs are doing great in my aerogarden. I can't wait to get the backyard garden set up. I am growing everything in containers right now. We are putting in three raised beds in the backyard though. I am also going to order my seed tators this week to start in tires in the backyard.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
15 Aug 08
A friend gifted me a wonderful book on square foot gardening and I think that is what I will do next year when I'm in my own home. It would be easily adaptable to raised beds too.
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Great job so far friend. If you've been keeping up on my discussions you have seen the tons of tomatoes and cukes etc I have gotten this year. I have tomatoes growing out my ears now days. I am adding a few dfiscussions in this area tonight. (Saturday) Great work again. Keep it up. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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