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General Discussion / Who's putting in tomato plants?
« on: Today at 04:30:38 PM »
I played with the tiller and made a row for some to go in tomorrow. The longterm forecast says no cold weather and the soil is at 60°.

That means I gotta do it and if it freezes then I'll have the row ready to refill it. The soil looks good with all those shredded leaves I added.

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New Videos / Re: Me and Colt getting some broccoli for his afternoon snack
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:36:57 PM »
HAHA!! He's learning to walk in mud, that's so important!!! Don't trip on the crawfish mound!!! 

Where's the Baby Reebok's?

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General Discussion / Re: Growing rice
« on: February 16, 2018, 04:38:00 PM »
That's a good question. I thought they were just laying it that way for drainage.

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General Discussion / Re: Growing rice
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:18:44 PM »
Jimmie, if you grow enough to need it cleaned/processed you can call Hank's feed store in Rayne. They're a small family company that also processes rice for a few of the larger supermarkets around here. It's a small operation but they put out tons of rice a year.

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The Greenhouse / Re: 2018 High Tunnel
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:15:16 PM »
It all looks good enough to eat ;D

What happen to that volunteer tomato plant, did he make it?

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General Discussion / Re: Irrigation/Fertigation This Year
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:25:55 AM »
I glad your back to gardening and posting again, I hope you have a good year and remember we want pictures!!!! ;D

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Happy Hour / Re: Got any computer advice/help/shortcuts/ information
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:02:38 AM »
I'm on a laptop and I NEVER close out anything and never have problems. I'm using Chrome as a browser and it automatically asks if I want to restore all of the tabs I had open when I shut it off at night.

You can see how many tabs I have open.

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General Discussion / Re: using oil dry as a seed starter
« on: February 14, 2018, 07:38:01 PM »
It's not just MG, any mix stored outside to get wet and rot will have problems. I don't understand some stores that just stack it outside and ruin it, I guess they think the bag is waterproof.

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General Discussion / Re: using oil dry as a seed starter
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:31:44 PM »
It works and people had success using it but I noticed that it quickly faded out and now everyone is back on either a seed starting mix or a light potting soil mix. I'm perfectly fine using Miracle Grow in the blue bag and sifting out the big stuff. It has moisture retention and a little fertilizer. The trick is to find it inside of stores so it is dry, I think once it gets a little wet it's useless except in potted plants.

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General Discussion / Re: What's the weather like in your area ?
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:18:37 PM »
It's hot and sunny today.

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General Discussion / Re: Who do you buy your tomato seeds from?
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:57:01 AM »
They have a nice selection of everything and the prices aren't bad either.

http://www.seedsnow.com?rfsn=992967.e7f8bf

Free shipping today on all orders over $5.00 with code FS-77MLCS

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General Discussion / Re: 2018 season is started
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:36:47 AM »
Thanks! I must've jinxed the sunshine, it's cloudy now.

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General Discussion / Re: 2018 season is started
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:55:14 AM »
The plants are loving this sunshine! It's a beautiful Mardi Gras Day.






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General Discussion / Re: Who do you buy your tomato seeds from?
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:23:03 AM »
They have a nice selection of everything and the prices aren't bad either.

http://www.seedsnow.com?rfsn=992967.e7f8bf

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:45:53 PM »
Same here DB but I checked the 15 day forecast and the lowest temp I saw was 40's. Spring is coming so start getting ready to plant.

I just went check ground temps, 5" down is 59 and 12" is 55. I checked a raised row and it's 60. Hope is in the air!!!!!

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General Discussion / Re: What did you do in the garden today ?
« on: February 09, 2018, 03:45:45 PM »
What's in this picture? Is that dry dirt?

Lucky you missed the rain..

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The JTD tomato is still available. I researched some of the older Campbell's and Heinz tomatoes a while back for a grow out but I have too many already this year.

JTD was the original tomato used in Campbell's soup. I wanted to grow some because these were the standard for mass production and ripening at the same time. They would be good for canning and should have the old tomato taste not like the newer hybrids that taste bad and last forever on the counter.

http://www.victoryseeds.com/tomato_jtd.html

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The original Rutgers was lost so they recreated it, It's a long story but here's the meat and the link.

Although Schermerhorn maintained certified seed stock of Rutgers at NJAES through 1951, the original Rutgers tomato line was not later maintained at the University, and the modern seeds sold today most likely are derivative selections, possibly even different cultivars, from the original.

NJAES faculty working on tomato variety research (left to right): Jack Rabin, Peter Nitzsche, and Tom Orton. Photo courtesy of New Jersey Monthly.
NJAES faculty working on tomato variety research (left to right): Jack Rabin, Peter Nitzsche, and Tom Orton. Photo courtesy of New Jersey Monthly.

As a result of the derivations of the Rutgers tomato since the original 1934 release, the present day vegetable researchers at Rutgers sought to re-create the original strain. This was made possible when Rutgers professor of plant breeding Tom Orton, Pete Nitzsche, agricultural agent of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County and Jack Rabin, associate director of NJAES farm programs, worked on a research project with Campbell’s Soup in 2010. A discussion with Campbell’s personnel revealed that the company had preserved historic seeds in a temperature-controlled vault. Included in that collection were JTD and Marglobe tomato seeds. Once Campbell’s provided the Rutgers team with Marglobe and JTD seed, the possibility of recreating the cross of the original Rutgers tomato, or an improved version of it, became a reality.

From field trials of cross-pollinated Marglobe and JTD tomato plants at the Rutgers Snyder Research Farm in Pittstown, NJ, Orton and Nitzsche selected the most promising plants that best resembled the documented attributes of the original Rutgers tomato. The next few years were spent winnowing the selections down until the final best contenders for the re-invented ‘Rutgers’ tomato crown would be bestowed. The summer of 2015 had the finalists narrowed down to three, and after conducting several consumer taste tests in various parts of New Jersey, the final selection was chosen.

The timing of the release of this “retro” Rutgers tomato was serendipitous, as its debut in spring of 2016 coincided with Rutgers’ 250th anniversary. Thus the re-invented Rutgers tomato was dubbed the ‘Rutgers 250’ tomato.

http://sebsnjaesnews.rutgers.edu/2016/04/whats-in-season-from-the-garden-state-revolutionary-for-250-years-the-historic-rutgers-tomato-and-its-re-invention/

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General Discussion / SeedsNow has free shipping
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:17:31 AM »
For the next 4 days.

http://www.seedsnow.com?rfsn=992967.e7f8bf

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General Discussion / Re: Reaper seeds
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:59:53 PM »
Reapers are the most criticized for not being true. There's so many people complaining about it that it's funny, even after all these years. Just grow it and feel the burn.

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