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Post Posted: Aug 22, 2018 10:16 pm 
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It looked interesting. Sue wants to pull it.
Is it a wildflower or the weed apocalypse?
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YUM! That's wonderful! YUM!

Nice tomatoes!! What varieties are they and were they grown in a greenhouse or outdoors?
What's in the clear bowl?
What type of peppers are those?
Did you grow those watermelons?!?!?!
What's your elevation?

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YUM! That's wonderful! YUM!

Nice tomatoes!! What varieties are they and were they grown in a greenhouse or outdoors?
What's in the clear bowl?
What type of peppers are those?
Did you grow those watermelons?!?!?!
What's your elevation?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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No, I didnt grow the watermelons, lol. Im at 8200'. The clear bowl has ground cherries in it - definitely recommend these, they've done great up here and Im thinking about trying some as a ground cover next year.

I have a plastic greenhouse, only up over the summers.

The tomatoes are -
Blue bowl w/bird - Red Robins
Little yellow bowl - Sungolds (so sweet)
white bowl - gold nugget (amazing fast and producers on smaller plants)
Red ones in front of bowl - Stupice
bigger orange ones - sungella
big dark single one - berkley pink tie dye
I also have some manitobas and black pineapples going but none in the picture. The manitobas are my worst producers this year, only a few fruit and none changing yet. Lots on the black pineapple getting real close to ready.

the smaller peppers in front - buena mulata
the bigger pale peppers - Mira
and theres one smaller one on top of those - sugar rush peach
I also have some thai peppers and shishitos doing really good.

I also highly recommend monica cucumbers for anyone who has trouble getting cukes to pollinate. This variety self pollinates and has been prolific this year!

My only big failure this year has been the zucchini - the fruit is rotting on the vine as soon as they get to about 4" inches long. I cant figure out whats going on with it but have been enjoying the blossoms (stuffed with cream cheese and deep fried, yum) none the less.


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Thanks for the info on the tomatoes. I like to keep track of the varieties that do well up here and try at least one new variety every year. Do you have a favorite this season (and why)?

Also thanks for the recommendation on the Monika cucumber. I considered buying those seeds this year. But I went with a bush pickling (from Territorial Seed Co) this year and I'm quite pleased with it. But it requires hand pollinating.

As for your zucchini rotting on the vine, that's probably either blossom end rot or insufficient pollination.

Blossom end rot is a calcium deficiency that can be caused by various issues. Most common is either a lack of calcium in the soil or the calcium has been locked up by nutrient imbalances (like too much nitrogen fertilizer).

A quick fix is to dissolve 2 Tums tablets per gallon of water and water the plants with this every week until the problem goes away (1 gal w/ 2 tabs is enough for 2-3 plants). Pour it into the soil not on the leaves.

It may be too late in the season for you. But I would still try. Remove all suspected fruit and start watering with the tums.

Removing the blossoms can also cause the fruit to rot due to insufficient pollination. If you hand pollinate, then you can use one or 2 male flowers for that and then harvest the rest for stuffing.

If you want to use the female flowers for stuffing, remove the small fruit with it. As the fruit is generally not sufficiently pollinated while the flower is at its peak for eating.


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Thanks! I will try the tums and see if it helps!

My favorite tomatoes this year are the gold nugget because they set so early and so many fruit. My favorite tasting ones are the sun golds and they were my favorite last year. They arent producing quite as well this year as they did last year though. I also really liked the taxi's last year but switched it up for this year. The pink tie dye one was also quite tasty.


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Is it a wildflower or the weed apocalypse?


Pretty sure it is American Dragonhead, also known as Dragonhead Mint, Dracocephalum parviflorum. Native to North America. A weed only if you don't want it growing there.


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Doesn't sound too bad. Some times say native, seeds germinate after a fire event.
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Mutant tomatoe! Looks like it's growing baby tomatoes out of it.


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FINALLY caught that danged pocket gopher yesterday. Every time I set a trap in one of his tunnels, he would fill the trap with dirt and create a tunnel around it.

At least I hope I caught the only pocket gopher. My dear husband suggested a "dumb" pocket gopher moved and was the one I trapped and the "smart" pocket gopher lives on. I hope not.


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