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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    NJ tomato yields have almost always been high in my experience. They're popular to grow around here.
    I made a meat sauce last weekend. Good but too watery. I will need a little paste next time. I could drain some of the water through a mesh but the paste would be less involved.
    NJ tomato, as in grown in NJ, or a particular type of tomato. I lived in NJ for the first 28 years of my life. Now, down here below the Mason-Dixon, Grainger County tomatoes are the benchmark, if you aren't growing at home.
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    I lived in Del Rio TN, right next to Grainger County. Those tomatoes were to die for. I must say I found a produce stand in Ocala Fl that is selling Grainger County tomatoes and while they taste better than those from Publix they are lacking something. I think they picked them too early in order to ship them down here in the heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Collateral Damage View Post
    I've learned to prune indeterminate tomatoes. There are a couple of articles out there on the subject, just google pruning tomatoes. Increases quantity and quality....
    I pick off the leaves when they get discolored. No sense in the plant wasting energy on dying leaves. It seems to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donttread View Post
    So I'm having a record year for winter squash and lots of summer squash too . Ripening dozens of Cherry and other tomatoes every day this week. Overall a great year.
    How are you other gardeners doing?
    You have every right to brag about getting a good crop this year. It takes hard work.

    The fruit and vegetable roadside stands are doing great in my neck of the woods.
    Nothing beats scrambled eggs, sliced tomatoes and avocado for breakfast.

    I learned early " a man's gotta know his limitations ". No green thumb here.

    Though the Rosemary bush is doing fine and so is my "mango" tree that loves high humidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    I just have a small balcony garden. Still waiting to see how they will turn out- probably another month to find out.


    Do you have that book....The Apartment Gardener? Lots of good info in it for your situation.

    Once all this "Hey, honey, let's install new flooring" tizzy is over with I could send it to you if you like. I am not needing it anymore since I discovered my mere touch is enough to kill a plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    I had to shoot a wounded baby squirrel after a hurricane- I was using a bird shot round in a .45 Sig Saur. The first shot made it sequel, I felt bad and stomped its head in with my boot. I should have done that in the first place. It probably had a broken back.


    Next time use a machete.
    I found a baby rabbit dreadfully hurt and wrapped it up in paper towels so it could not see.
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    Lay the poor baby on something wood though. You don't want it to be on a soft surface.
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    The paper towels absorb so the baby's body can be burned and release his little spirit to start over again and grow to be a healthy fat grown-up rabbit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbforrest45 View Post
    I lived in Del Rio TN, right next to Grainger County. Those tomatoes were to die for. I must say I found a produce stand in Ocala Fl that is selling Grainger County tomatoes and while they taste better than those from Publix they are lacking something. I think they picked them too early in order to ship them down here in the heat.
    Del Rio is but a few miles from home.

    Unfortunately, the early picking is the downfall of enjoying things from other places. Come winter, I judge the season by the pre-availability of Grainger Tomatoes... the countdown starts in February for the greenhouse tomatoes, lol.

    Ever go over to the WNC Farmer's Market outside of Asheville? Wonderful produce there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Collateral Damage View Post
    Del Rio is but a few miles from home.

    Unfortunately, the early picking is the downfall of enjoying things from other places. Come winter, I judge the season by the pre-availability of Grainger Tomatoes... the countdown starts in February for the greenhouse tomatoes, lol.

    Ever go over to the WNC Farmer's Market outside of Asheville? Wonderful produce there.
    A lady at the Farmer's Market (next to the World Famous Moose Restaurant) told me a quick and easy way to can tomatoes in your oven. I have had good results using that method although I have had a lot of feedback telling me I was going to poison the entire universe because the 250 degrees in the oven was different than the 250 degrees in a pressure cooker!

    Anyway, for the ETWNC area its called the Wheel of Fortune - Jeopardy Method, You prepare the tomatoes as you would normally. You set your oven to 250 degrees. Put as many jars as will fit into the oven when Wheel of Fortune starts. You take them out when Jeopardy is over and let them cool down overnight. I have never had a bad batch or any that did not seal. I wouldn't try it with those veggies that require higher heat to preserve but I can do 10 or 12 pints at a time in the oven.

    By the way, all I do to my tomatoes is put them in hot water to remove the skins. Chop them up. Fill the jar and add one teaspoon of salt to each pint jar. If you want salt free just don't put any salt in them. Every now and then I put a couple of sprigs of basil and garlic in as well.

    Down here in Ocala I have to change my schedule since Jeopardy comes on before Wheel of Fortune so I have to reverse the timing!!!!

    Quick story about fruits and vegetables. I bought a bushel of peaches from the Farmer's Market. Took them home and my brother in law left them on the back balcony. Next morning I had a bushel basket of peach pits and several happy raccoons! The little devils came back every night for a month looking for more peaches.
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    BTW, did you know that ETWNC does not actually stand for East Tennessee - Western North Carolina but
    Eat Taters and Wear No Clothes.
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