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Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on March 27, 2011 at 2:48pm
I grow my tomatoes in old galvanized washtubs. I combine two different kinds in one tub, very close together, Usually Willamette or Early Girl with a yellow pear or cherry, They look pretty together because of the different size fruit and color. I prune them as they grow to control the side growth and top them when the season tells me new fruit will never ripen. As mature plants people think it's one grafted plant. This year I want to try the new hanging basket tomato around the edges.
Comment by Michael Lee on March 27, 2011 at 2:27pm
Karen, it is still a challenge to grow decent tomatoes here in the North Willamette Valley. I have had the best results with container culture. Start with large transplants into a #10 (10 gallon but we can't call them that anymore) black plastic nursery container. That size pot has the volume so your tomato plant's root system has plenty of room to grow a full season. Pot bound tomatoes are not happy tomatoes.
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 27, 2011 at 12:47pm

I was messing around in the kitchen and made up some fertilizer.  An older woman in town that now has alzheimers muttered to me her gardening tip using bananas.  I then searched for a website to support my invention:

Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 27, 2011 at 12:37pm

ah, so you aren't on the coast.  At least, you will have a hot summer.  I can never really know what is in store for us.  Tomatoe or not tomatoe that is the question.  I grow a couple in my small greenhouse so I can pick a few regardless.  The downpour is now just rain.  It was coming off in sheets from the roof drowning the potted plants I have on a table to cheer my mom up.  They managed to stay in one piece.


Comment by Michael Lee on March 27, 2011 at 12:24pm
Karen, I have a place in the country between Yamhill and Newberg.
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 27, 2011 at 12:07pm
Michael, I cannot believe the rain today.  I expect my roof to cave in any moment!  I think my toes are starting to mold but I can see that glorious green forest out back with a couple daffadils holding their proud head up in the downpour.  Where are you in Western Oregon?  I am near Brookings.
Comment by Michael Lee on March 27, 2011 at 12:01pm
We have not been brutally old in western OR, more like sneaky cold. Our temps have averaged 6 or more degrees below normal all month. Add to that rain nearly every day it makes for anything but garden friendly conditions. I have beets and peas sown and fear they may have rotted.
Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on March 27, 2011 at 11:37am
They (weather People) say we will have a few days this week with no rain, I sure hope so, I have quite a few things to plant including my peas that are getting to big. I did pot the seedlings but they are still in the green house. I also have raspberries to plant and thornless blackberries which are bare-root and sprouting in the greenhouse. Much work to do.
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on March 27, 2011 at 11:02am
My kids came up to work on their property they hope to retire to some day.  I gave them our slickers so they could get the work done! I've already furnished mudders from garage sales.  They are building a wood shed in a down pour and planting starts I got going for them.  Last trip they got the fruit trees in also in the rain.  Rain, rain and then more rain.
Comment by Charles on March 27, 2011 at 9:19am

Snowed like crazy here yesterday. Hope my strawberries, which made it through the winter so well under their blanket of straw, didn't get nipped.

I'd also already planted potatoes, spinach, radishes and onions. Don't think any of them will be bothered though.


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