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Nice! If you like hybrids you must try out Brandyboy. It's an old time favorite - there isn't a year i don't grow it. It's very productive and taste similar to a brandywine (which is one of the parents). Also try out Big Beef also hybrid and taste good. I grow mostly heirloom varieties but still grow a few Brandyboy's and Big Beef.

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I just did a personal taste test with the two varieties I picked for my salad. The flavor of the Early Girl was much more complex than the Better Boy. Both are tasty, and the Early Girls seem better than in past years.

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Squash Harvest this morning. Made some spicy Kabocha Squash Curry yesterday.

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We gave away 10 or so pounds yesterday and picked that many more today. The taste is good this year but the skins seem thicker than usual.

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SUMITH!!!
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6/29/15 12:31 P

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some tomato pictures from this morning.







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Fabulous tomatoes for sandwiches every day but I will begin to burn out in another week. We are also picking purple hull peas, still have green onions and yellow squash, and the watermelons are growing on. I've gone through my Park catalog to figure out things I may want to try this fall as I will have to start those seeds almost immediately. Next spring, I will be retired and I am going to have a ball growing stuff.

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those are BEAUTIFUL! my plants are just starting to set fruit.

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I'm getting burned out with all these tomatoes.. We had 3 tables full of tomatoes canned most of it then gave extras to friends and neighbors. Now we got it down to half a table but we have so much more ripening on the plants that we needed to clear up more room. Some more maters from yesterday morning. Peppers are starting to come in to full gear now - we will be swimming in super hot peppers very soon..



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Wow, book recommendation, basic instructions, and illustrations! Thank you so much for that thorough answer. I'm going to try it this summer!

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6/23/15 12:01 P

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I just ordered Paul Stamets Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms just yesterday. It's a great book and if you love growing mushrooms its a must have. As for cloning if your a beginner you can try using cardboard / but its best to learn to clone using Agar so you can isolate the strongest strains and build up your culture bank. I started off cloning store bought Oysters (which is the easiest). You just cut a piece of the inside of the mushroom and place it on agar (mixed with potato flakes and some malt extract or light corn syrup). Once you place the tissue you will see mycelium growing from the tissue.

Then you can introduce the isolated mycelium in to grains to make grain spawn.



Once you have grain spawn made then you can introduce it to your final substrate (sawdust or straw) but the substrate is dependent on the mushroom.

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6/23/15 12:19 A

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Okay, not homegrown tomatoes, but I harvested my first raspberries yesterday and they are also juicy and red and delicious.

As for growing mushrooms, I've bought pre-innoculated wood from places like www.fungi.com/ but I'd love to learn to clone them from storebought shrooms. Any tips or favorite guidebooks, SUMITH?

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You mean Agaricus Bisporous? yes I've grown it before but its more work. I've done it using worm castings. Cloned the culture from store bought.

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SUMITH2008, have you grown emoticon like that before? and if so, can you share how you do that? Thanks

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I have one humongous Celebrity picked today and am fighting the urge to get the Hellman's and make a sandwich with it. We are picking 6-8 a day now and the grape ones haven't started getting ripe.

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Looks like this year is turning out much better than last year for tomatoes. I almost didn't plant any, but gave in and put in a few, now wish I'd done more.

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Love your container, too!

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
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But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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We like growing mushrooms to.



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SUMITH, your supergirl is as great as your tomatoes! Mine have only been in the ground for a few weeks, so I'm a long way from having fruit, but I'm enjoying living vicariously.

Rebecca

He drew a circle that shut me out--
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But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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6/11/15 9:17 P

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I just direct seed my cucumbers. They seem to do so much better it seems like. I have some Suyo Long cucumbers & Armenian cucumbers (which is a melon) planted in succession. Those are my favorites for cukes.

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I am soooooooooo jealous of those cucumbers!!! I don't even have a flower on mine as yet! And as for tomatoes...I have 4 green ones on my cherry tomato plants.

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6/10/15 12:38 P

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Harvested some Cucumbers this morning.

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6/10/15 2:30 A

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I picked it, ate it, and enjoyed it. Now watching for more.

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Our tomato table just doubled in size. Any of you our neighbours? Free delivery :)

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I really like Early Girl tomatoes. Reliable and yummy.

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I expect to pick my first tomato tomorrow! An E emoticon arly Girl.

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Those are amazing tomatoes emoticon

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I'm watching one that is starting to color up. Should be ready by middle of next week.

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Hubby's container tomatoes are blooming and one has small green tomatoes.
My raised gardens' plants are popping up. I used seeds this year; don't think I will again! Last year we didn't have enough warm nights for a good growing season. I plant organic.

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We can't plant ours till around Memorial day, and even then we have to cover them when we get a late frost. We just had one a few days ago and had to cover crops here.

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6/5/15 1:54 P

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I try to get my plants in the ground by the end of Feb. I will be starting our fall crop plants soon indoors so i can replace unproductive plants outdoors. I'm in Zone 9 so yeah we get to plant early then production stops around summer when temps start to go in to the 100's. Then we start again and get a late crop. Still lots of tomatoes on the plants - i did them in succession planting so i won't get a whole bunch at the same time. The super hot peppers are flowering and that will be next.. I have to do some tomato pruning today. Plants are getting way to bushy.

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Your tomato season must start a lot earlier than mine. We can't safely plant them until about Mother's Day.

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Beautiful! My tomatoes have a long way to go (and grow!) till I get some pretty ones like that. They're just little tiny green things so far!

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Wonderful!!

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Showing off some Homegrown Tomatoes





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