Gardening with Bozz

in gardening •  24 days ago

You might recall at the end of May I planted my small bucket garden in the raised bed in my back yard.

Things have been going well. The plants seem to be getting enough moisture and they are now growing like crazy!

You will see quite the difference between the original picture I posted to the right here and the current pictures I am going to post below.

I had noticed the other day when I was watering the plants that they didn't seem to have a ton of flowers on them.

This got me concerned that they were not being properly pollinated or that I wasn't going to get a huge yield from them.

I read online that sometimes if your soil has too many nutrients in it the plants will just grow and grow without feeling the need to reproduce. They suggested trimming back some of the lower parts of the plant to put it in "panic" mode.

This will make the plant think it is in danger and produce more buds to try to reproduce. I decided to try this out with one of the plants to see if it made a difference.

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The picture above is the plant I decided to make my experiment. This is before I trimmed back some of the lower branches that were not looking as healthy.

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The other two plants I decided to just leave alone. I think they are coming right along though!

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As I was moving around the plants to decide which parts to trim off, I noticed something I hadn't seen before:

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It looks like for sure, I am going to have some tomatoes before too long. We are supposed to have some very hot and humid weather this weekend, so I have a feeling that it is going to make things accelerate.

What do you think fellow Steemians? Anything we should be doing differently to make sure we get the most of our cherry tomato plants? We have a ton of flower beds between our house and the neighbor next door, so I don't think lack of bees for pollination are a problem.

I can't wait to share some pictures of bright red ripe tomatoes with you soon!

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Thank you!

That is new for me! So if the soil has TOO much nutrients, the plant will get lazy and not work for it, if I understand correct?

CRAZY!

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Yes, that was the way I read it too. Who knew!

A life of paradoxes

  • too many nutrients stop reproduction
  • trim back to help grow
  • hurry up and wait.

Sounds like life. Glad your tomato plants are doing better now.

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Thanks!

Most tomato plants are self fertile, this means that you do not need to pollinate them. Secondly it's very hard to over feed tomatoes and fertilizer or good soil will increase your yield, not decrease it. One thing you can do to increase that amount of tomatoes is to not trim the side shoots this will result in more tomatoes but they could be smaller, so make sure you feed them well when you see the trusses . Next year you could try a couple of different varieties, the variety suited to your climate and soil is the most significant factor when determining quantity. Liquid tomato feed works wonders, you can even make your own from stinging nettles and other weeds. I feed mine at least once a week as soon as I see trusses.

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Hah! Shows how much I know. Thanks for the awesome info. I am going to try to get out and work on them this weekend now if it isn't too hot!

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Yeah have fun, every gardener will probably tell you a different way of doing things so I find it's best to try lot's of different things, tomatoes do however love liquid feed, I you just try that, you won't go far wrong 😀

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Thanks. I have the three plants so I could try something different with a couple of them and leave one as a control and see what happens. You helped a lot!

One last thing I forgot to mention regarding trimming, I always cut off the leaf branch nearest, usually opposite the truss, the idea is that all the juice will then go into the truss.

I am not much of a gardener myself. I do remember having a little garden when I was on elementerary school. Every wednesday we went to our own garden to grow vegetables and flowers. Always had fun. Looking forward to your tomatoe pics.

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Thank you!

BAZINGA That's what I'm talking about!!
Those are lookin' FABULOUS!

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Thanks!

I don't know much about gardening, but seems like someone came in with some answers. I love cherry tomatoes and I'm sure you'll be enjoying them soon enough!

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Haha. Gardening.... if only we here loved it as much as you guys.
When we get: "Its olive season, Its potato season, its vineyard season"... we all go: "oh noot again"... :(

hehe

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Yes, I am sure it would be much different if I were doing it to make a living or even survive :) I worked in the field one summer at my aunt and uncles farm. I will stick to my small garden!

We try and grow vegetables but have monkeys that help themselves to the crop, so tried growing root crops, but they're too clever. Now we grow herbs, lettuce, kale and spinach and they leave that alone! Enjoy your garden, it's so nice having fresh produce, tastes much better than the refrigerated store bought veggies! I don't know much about tomato growing so sorry I can't give any advice.

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Sounds like quite the experience. I suppose there is a way you could enclose it all, but then it would just be more hassle than it is probably worth! Thanks for the comment!

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I think having fresh veggies will be worth the effort, otherwise be happy with what we have now :)

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Thank you! Indeed this is a new process for me this year, and I am just learning as I go. I think so far it has proven to be a success. I will definitely be planting like this again in the coming years.

I have not one green thumb. I can't even take care of weed if asked to. I would probably pamper the weed to death. My parents though, they garden a lot but I don't know if they would have an idea of what you need. I will ask though.

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Thanks I appreciate it. I am pretty much the same way. I have tried to have plants in my house and I always end up either over or under watering them.

wow @bozz ! My dad had trouble with his cherry tomatoes but I think he managed to do something about it. I'll ask him and see how he did it; but apparently he has decided to replant the young ones closer to the wall this time on a different soil and experiment how things goes.

If I get any tips from him I will definitely be posting. I am about to move to a small unit with a balcony and I am thinking of trying out cherry tomatoes there too, including okra if possible.

Wishing you the best with a great yield of harvest!

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Thanks! I have only ever had okra once when I was a kid. I wasn't a fan then, but I am not opposed to giving it a try again. There are a lot of veggies I didn't like back then that I do now.

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haha, it is not easy to cook okra if we are not used to it; but it is one of the strongest cancer fighting vegetable besides the super food like kale.

Over here in Malaysia we like to stuff the okra with fish paste and then boil it in a soup to be served, or even okra seafood stew like the picture below.

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So there are many ways to have them and perhaps you might reconsider on that.

(The secret is not to eat okras that are too ripe for harvest)

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Thanks for the info! Having just battled cancer, I will try anything that might keep me from getting another tumor!

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Prevention is better than cure. Because of that I have learned to eat a lot of things that will not compromise my health lol....

Hope you will slowly like okras for its benefits

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Yeah, I am kind of past that point now, but I hear you! I might look into picking some up next time I go shopping!

They look promising, and your making me want to try to do some here.

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They look promising,
And you making me want to
Try to do some here.

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Go for it! You should be able to find something that is just right for your zone based on the climate conditions!

We've got tomatoes in tubs too and ours are just starting to get some fruit. I'll look forward to those. The ones we had last year were so sweet

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@bozz well done friend, planting requires time and care. Here inVenezuela we throw seeds and tomatoes grow everywhere

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Wow! That seems like it would be nice. I guess a little annoying too though if you don't want that many of them...