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The great Tomato move!

Post  Hoggar on 11/4/2012, 10:33 pm

Well its been a busy month and I haven't had much time for
the internet, but I did get some garden / Greenhouse stuff done.

About three weeks ago I dug up several of my Larger tomato
plants the day before our first freeze. They were potted and
moved into the green house, with tons of green tomatoes still
on them.
I have kept the greenhouse as close to or above 60° as possible
and today we harvested approximately 20lbs of ripe tasty tomatoes
they will be processed in to spaghetti sauce and frozen.
We don't have the cash right now to gear up for canning but we have a large upright freezer and a mess of Ziplock freezer bags.

I also potted our three pepper plants and they are doing well but I don't think they are going to last much longer as they have started loosing there leaves, but one of the five peppers was ripe enough to pick and is going in to the sauce.






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Post  mollyhespra on 11/5/2012, 8:25 am

hungry Well done!

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 11/5/2012, 9:55 am

Good move. I'm guessing your tomato plants and the pepper plants are reacting more to the move than to the weather. I, too, moved plants in pots from the deck into the greenhouse and sunroom. The Bloody Butcher tomato in the sunroom is ripening three to six saladette size tomatoes every two days. The beautiful Fish Peppers are just now beginning to set peppers, so get extra babying. For indeterminate toms, I try to encourage them to put out new growth lower down, and trim away the tallest, most spindly limbs. Don't know how long we'll continue to get tomatoes, but it's well worth the move so far. Keep us posted on your progress--BTW, nice greenhouse! Nonna

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Post  walshevak on 11/5/2012, 12:48 pm

If the pepper plants can just be kept from freezing, they will pop out early next spring after the weather warms up and produce peppers earlier than new plantings. Peppers are periennels in warm climates. Last year we had a Habenero plant that bloomed in the greenhouse right over the holidays and produced large bb sized peppers in Feb. Then as soon as the weather consistantly stayed above 60 F we had harvestable peppers before the new plantings even got big enough to bloom.

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Post  littlejo on 11/5/2012, 5:48 pm

Your greenhouse is great. I have one on my wish list! I had no tomatoes this yr but all the peppers are still going strong.
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Post  Hoggar on 11/6/2012, 10:18 am

Cool thanks to the info Kay!
Ill have to try to keep them going, maybe we will get more than
5 peppers next summer.

Jo,
Its a Harborfreight greenhouse watch there add in the spring they drop the price a couple hundred bucks then on Easter Sunday they usually have an unadvertised 20% off coupon at the register that can be applied to the sale price. I got mine for under $600. But there are modifications that will need to be done to reenforce the structure.

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Post  Hoggar on 11/6/2012, 10:50 am

Also Does any one have any advice on how to reduce the transplant shock?

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Post  quiltbea on 11/6/2012, 1:48 pm

Hoggar.....I think the only way to stop transplant shock is to plant a few determinate toms and some peppers in large pots and bury them right in your garden bed. When freezing temps are looming, dig out the pot and bring it indoors.
I know that even determinates will rebloom. Anyway, my Oregon Springs started new green crops in late Oct.

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Post  Hoggar on 11/6/2012, 2:25 pm

Ok, I will just keep nursing them and hopefully they will recover.
Thanks for the reply.

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Post  landarch on 11/6/2012, 3:06 pm

sweet greenhouse

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 11/6/2012, 4:54 pm

Hogger, there are commercial additives that claim to help with transplant shock. I've used one that seemed to help. Unfortunately we're still 2 days away from home where I can go out and get the container to identify it. Can't help but wonder, though, if some worm casting "tea" wouldn't be just as good or better. Nonna

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Post  camprn on 11/6/2012, 5:32 pm

Hoggar, plant it in a bucket.

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Post  cheyannarach on 11/7/2012, 12:52 pm

Congrats on the successful move! They look great in the greenhouse! And even greater in the bowl drooling

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Post  Hoggar on 11/7/2012, 4:47 pm

@camprn wrote:Hoggar, plant it in a bucket.

LOL there in a bucket now?... Very Happy

I am just trying to save them from the swap from box to bucket.Shocked
The bell peppers appear to be recovering and have some new growth so I'm hopping the toms will take off again as well. Ive cut away all the dead or dieing bits and now I am just waiting to see if it sprouts anew.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 11/8/2012, 12:24 pm

I moved a summer potted sucker tomato into my house a couple days ago for my 'grow it in the bay window during winter' experiment. I have visions of it sprawling all over the window ladened with sun gold tomatoes. cyclops

It's all shriveled right now tho as I may have waited too long to bring it inside and it went thru Sandy. So I, too, will cut off all the dead and dying pieces.

It has 2 flowers on it though that aren't dead! Not sure about the pollinating part. Do I need to figure out which is male and which is female like a squash, and do it myself?

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Post  walshevak on 11/8/2012, 2:05 pm

No male and female tomato flowers, just give them a gentle shake.

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