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David The Good


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3 Easy Ways to Grow Tomatoes from Cuttings
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Starting tomatoes from cuttings is super easy. Today I share three ways to propagate tomatoes that work great - guaranteed! Get Free Plants for Everyone: https://amzn.to/3w0u8OZ Three Ways to Grow Tomatoes from Cuttings 1. The Granny Method Rooting tomatoes in water is easy. Just take some tomato cuttings and remove the bottom leaves and any blooms or young fruit. Now pop them in water. Wait a couple of weeks, then pot them up when they have roots. Feed and put them in a little sun, getting them used to the sun day-by-day. 2. Ground Layering/Sticking Cuttings in the Ground Do you have a sprawling tomato plant? You can root tomato branches in the ground by bending them down and covering a piece of the stem with soil. Weigh it down with a brick if need be. Alternately, if you have moist conditions and soil and the weather isn't too hot, you can sometimes just take tomato cuttings and root them directly in the ground. 3. The Mini-Greenhouse Method This method of rooting tomato cuttings is almost foolproof. Just take your cuttings and stick them in a pot of moist potting soil, then bag them up and put them in the shade to root. The baggie will help the tomatoes root by keeping them from drying out. A few weeks after bagging, take off the bag and adjust the potted tomatoes to full sun, then you can plant them out. This also works with rooting other cuttings. There are three easy ways to start tomatoes from cuttings! Give 'em a try!
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Wildwood

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I do not have a huge garden. Since my husband died it is shrinking. Last year the garden was horrible, so this year I got cow manure and spread it and I realized this year I think I never water enough. This year early we had a lot of rain and I saw a difference in plants and when the rain stopped I watered a lot more. I have a lot of beans, zucchini, yellow squash, kale, collards, peppers, but not bell, they do not look good yet. The cucumbers have crawled all over the place and I put a fence to climb and stay off the bean fence. No cucumbers yet, but this morning I saw the flowers and they have opened and tons of bees. I am hoping I can get this all cleaned up before it freezes and snows and get shredded leaves and the rest of this manure spread this fall and I have barrels my neighbor gave me when he moved and I am going to fill with grass clippings, leaves, and i have 2 rabbits left and have their droppings and bedding, and this cow manure, so I will make compost and I am thinking I want for my Christmas present from family is a battery Mantis tiller. All I get from family is I do not need to garden or need just a box to plant in. I am going to EXPAND the garden. LOL
We lost our gas Mantis in a fire this past winter and almost bought another but then I remembered what a pain it could be and instead I did a ton of research and ordered a little Scott electric one. I think it was around $100. That thing is the bomb for the price. DH was skeptical but he grabs it for everything now. It's so good that we rarely used our big one. You can use fewer tines for tight spots.

I really wanted a rechargeable that used the same battery as DH's tools but the pickings were slim as far as selection with all the shortages. We can charge those batteries with solar so it could still be used if TSHTF and we had no electric. I'll look again this spring for a backup.
 

Wildwood

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My garden here in Fl this year was the worst I' ever grew. I've had gardens in SC, NC, AK & WV before moving to Fla and did well everywhere. It's almost impossible to grow a decent garden in this area. Wish we'd known that before moving here. I've planted in the ground which is nothing but "sugar sand" here and raised beds. My gardens have gotten progressively worse here. Nobody I know had a decent garden here this year.
I always thought gardens would do great there with the warmer weather and would practically grow year round but you know what they say about assuming.
 

Mprepared

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We lost our gas Mantis in a fire this past winter and almost bought another but then I remembered what a pain it could be and instead I did a ton of research and ordered a little Scott electric one. I think it was around $100. That thing is the bomb for the price. DH was skeptical but he grabs it for everything now. It's so good that we rarely used our big one. You can use fewer tines for tight spots.

I really wanted a rechargeable that used the same battery as DH's tools but the pickings were slim as far as selection with all the shortages. We can charge those batteries with solar so it could still be used if TSHTF and we had no electric. I'll look again this spring for a backup.
Thank you! I will look into this.
 

Wildwood

Senior Member
This year in western Arkansas my tomatoes, cucumbers, purple hull peas, and greasy grit beans did great, the best ever. Greasy beans are a unique green bean from KY that produce more food per square inch than anything I've ever planted and we love them. All of my melons are doing great but not ripe yet. The summer squash was prolific before the bugs got the best of it, winter squash was doing good too before the bugs. I've replanted the summer squash...we'll see. I'm probably going to replant cucumbers this week for a fall crop. I got my okra planted late but they are the best looking plants I've ever had so keeping my fingers crossed. I tore out my half row of an experimental stringless green bean and they did pretty good but I'm going back to my Landreth Stringless. I want a stringless pole bean but haven't found one that suits yet.

Sweet and regular potatoes appear to be a bust, the corn remains to be seen and the bell peppers are a bust. Last year was my best year ever for them.
 

hd5574

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Central Virginia

We have a Mexican friend who farms and goes to farmers markets , dear husband has helped him for years on his Sunday market near us...and has brought home our veggies and melons for free.

But with things the way they are we decided to start growing again

So we planted :
Snow peas. .done and we are replanting for fall.
Lettuce, bibb, Romain and iceberg. .done and replanting
Spinach and kale..done and replanting
Potatoes
Squash yellow and zuke
Bokchoy. ..replanting for fall
Butterbeans. ..pole. .heirloom
Cukes..slicing and pickling. .replanting for fall
Bell peppers and hot peppers
Bunching onions...replanting
Planting collards..for fall
Planting onions and garlic
3 kinds of maters, purple Cherokee, sun globe cherry and one hybrid..sandwich size slices
Chives. .onion and garlic
Basil.
Mint 3 kinds
We planted thorn-less blackberries years ago..we are nearly over run with them
Put in raspberries and blueberries this year
Our asparagus beds are very old..yield dropping
So are starting new ones this year.
We have pear apple peach and cherry trees from years ago
We will add more bean poles for next spring for pole green beans and add carrots corn and more herbs and broccoli
Maybe..melons.

Not bad for old folks. .DH is 68 and works full time at tractor dealership. .a mechanic and I am 74 and at home.

An old farmer taught me 50 years ago..plant one for you, one for the bugs and one for the weather.
If you plant something and it doesn't come up ...plant it again..
 

Wildwood

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I remember reading that the ww2 victory gardens were basically a flop....gave people something to do to be productive and add a bit of flavor to their diet but not a successful endeavor for most.

Every little bit helps but will have to rely on barter and friends gardens
I've always wondered about that. Unless you were raised helping your parents garden, there is no way you can be productive without years of trial and error.
 
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