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Post  scmelik on 7/22/2011, 6:17 pm

I got activated with the national guard to do some flood control about mid june till mid july. When I left I didn't get my trellis built and didn't really need it because my plants were still pretty small. When when I got back my garden was an absolute jungle, my tomato plants where growing all over, my pepper plants where going crazy.

Well I went out today to check things out, haven't been out there since last weekend I have been so busy at work and it has been so horribly hot that I just didn't make it out. When I went out today my tomato plants had knocked down and broken my pepper plants which were doing AWESOME and had a ton of fruit and the tomato vines finally broke under their weight.

Lesson learned make sure that the trellis is built before plants go into the ground to prevent this from ever happening again.


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Post  camprn on 7/22/2011, 6:21 pm

@scmelik wrote:
Lesson learned make sure that the trellis is built before plants go into the ground to prevent this from ever happening again.
Aren't the plants amazing? They carried on without you, good for them and you. But really, I find it amazing how with just a little management the jungle can be tamed. You will prevail next year. And thank you for your service! Welcome Home!!


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Post  Furbalsmom on 7/22/2011, 7:41 pm

Welcome Home, Scmelick and for what you do.

Sorry about those peppers and tomatoes,Sad perhaps you can still prop some up and get a bit of produce.

Try the EMT conduit trellises next year. Set up on rebar posts, they are exceptionally strong.


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Post  sfg4uKim on 7/22/2011, 7:45 pm

Sorry to hear that.


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Post  Chopper on 7/22/2011, 7:57 pm

Do not be so sure all is lost - although you are the one looking at the dead plants. I have a pepper plant that broke last year and came back to produce. And tomatoes are very resilient. It might be possible to stake or trellis even now. But you would be a better judge of the actual carnage.


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Post  Dunkinjean on 7/22/2011, 8:36 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your garden.

But it may be possible to salvage some of the plants.

I lopped the top of one of my pepper plants a few weeks ago and thought it was a goner.

Lo and Behold, it is now growing and producing peppers - so you never know.

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Post  Goosegirl on 7/22/2011, 9:36 pm

Don't give up on them! My garden survived the heat, but our SD 30-60 mph winds that blew the humidity away from us blasted down my corn, peppers, and beans (basically everything that wasn't attached to an emt conduit trellis). Unlike yours, my tomatoes were too small to break under the weight, so I propped everything back up the next day and everything seems to be recovering. Point them the right direction and see what will recover of what is left.


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