The 2021 Gardening Thread

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These are so cute! What type of tomato is this?? I recently saw a facebook ad for an orange hat tomato plant that looks similar and small, but ripens to orange. I like how compact they are.
Could be "Tiny Tim", but since I got it from my neighbour, I really don't know.
 

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So in an effort to prevent the squirrels from getting excited about my tomatoes, I have been pulling them earlier. My research said when they start to turn orange it is safe to pull and let them ripen inside. I tasted some for the first time, but they feel a bit gummy, if that makes sense. Is that a sign I pulled too early? What stage do you all pull your tomatoes at?
I don't know about others, but when I can literally roll the tomato off it's stem, without pulling or twisting, it's ripe enough. Unless, of course, you're making green tomato relish.
 

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One thing that I have discovered from this growing season is that I won't be planting any more Sweetie cherry tomatoes. I have lost about half of the crop to splitting; some even after picking. They just aren't worth the time and effort. Next year, I'll stick with the Cherry Baby tomatoes- they are sweeter and more resistant to splitting. In fact, the only ones that I lost were damaged by hail, and at that it was only a half-dozen or so. This assumes that I can find the seeds next year, of course.
 

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One thing that I have discovered from this growing season is that I won't be planting any more Sweetie cherry tomatoes. I have lost about half of the crop to splitting; some even after picking. They just aren't worth the time and effort. Next year, I'll stick with the Cherry Baby tomatoes- they are sweeter and more resistant to splitting. In fact, the only ones that I lost were damaged by hail, and at that it was only a half-dozen or so. This assumes that I can find the seeds next year, of course.
you cant harvest the seeds and dry them to plant like you can with chilli peppers?
 

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Beautiful!! I love that shade of pink! :hearthrob: Do the orchids take a lot of special care?

Every now and then I'm tempted to try an orchid because they were DH's grandmother's passion; but I'm so intimidated and I don't keep indoor plants (plus they looked like great cat toys when my girls were younger :lol:). Maybe it would seem less intimidating if we could do outdoor ones here. We just aren't in the right climate. (She was born and raised in Florida.)
 

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Beautiful!! I love that shade of pink! :hearthrob: Do the orchids take a lot of special care?

Every now and then I'm tempted to try an orchid because they were DH's grandmother's passion; but I'm so intimidated and I don't keep indoor plants (plus they looked like great cat toys when my girls were younger :lol:). Maybe it would seem less intimidating if we could do outdoor ones here. We just aren't in the right climate. (She was born and raised in Florida.)
I do nothing with the oncidiums and other orchids except toss in a bit of food every now and again. I don't have the 'difficult' ones though.
 

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Those are cute!! I ordered a succulent in a little bunny shaped pot last year for my stepmother for Christmas. I forgot to ask how it arrived but the pictures were SO cute I was tempted to try one myself. :lol: (I believe the same seller had kitty shaped pots. My Dad and stepmom have bunnies.)
 
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