2020 garden thread

Patrick

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we got zero large tomatoes. Everything small was doing well right up through last week, and boom.
probably clean it out this weekend.
 

Roadie

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How did everyone's tomatoes do? The beginning of the season for me saw big tomatoes before the mid-sized size and then a decent yield from the early girls and rutgers. But then, it kinda all stopped, even the cherries. Now I have a bunch of green fruit and the plants look ok and some are starting to change. A few neighbors and my dad (in York, PA) saw their tomatoes 100% die off in mid-August.
Yup, same here. Good early results but then everything started giving up. Plus lots of cracking this year from the uneven weather. We started ripping the plants out a couple of weeks ago and replanting with fall stuff.
 

shrpshtr325

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my wifes tomatoes were doing good, but she thinks they are done already at this point, the volume has definitely dropped off since labor day.
 

rottin'

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Yup, same here. Good early results but then everything started giving up. Plus lots of cracking this year from the uneven weather. We started ripping the plants out a couple of weeks ago and replanting with fall stuff.
@Roadie what fall stuff are you planting?
 

ekuhn

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Cherry's did good, ended beginning of Sept. Tomatoes weren't as big as I was hoping this year, lasted till the end of August, figured because I didn't fertilize. Do have a second wave of some smaller tomatoes that are turning orange now but minimal.

Peppers came in late. Thought they were toast when the rabbits/deer got them. The plant height was short.
 

MMuller

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Garden was a total bust this year. Literally everything. No fruit, withered. Even our trumpet vines that attract hummingbirds every year barely flowered. No bees, bugs. Weird. Same with all our neighbor's gardens.
 

qclabrat

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How did everyone's tomatoes do? The beginning of the season for me saw big tomatoes before the mid-sized size and then a decent yield from the early girls and rutgers. But then, it kinda all stopped, even the cherries. Now I have a bunch of green fruit and the plants look ok and some are starting to change. A few neighbors and my dad (in York, PA) saw their tomatoes 100% die off in mid-August.
All done a few weeks ago and it didn't help that the squirrels got to them. The cherries have a few left. Some plants started dying about a month back.
 

THATmanMANNY

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What do you do at the end of the season? Do you just chop all the plants like some flowers and they will come back stronger next year or do you cultivate everything and replant new seeds? Total newb
 

Patrick

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What do you do at the end of the season? Do you just chop all the plants like some flowers and they will come back stronger next year or do you cultivate everything and replant new seeds? Total newb
tomato plants go in the garbage, others in the compost - i can't remember why, and i can't find it - but it made sense when i read it.
you can keep some seeds, but they might not produce the same tomato. They may reseed, but will likely be too far behind to produce.
most others, rip-out and compost. turn soil over. plant lettuce, kale, arugula, radishes - they will go until a good frost.

Either start plants indoors early next spring, while doing a spring crop of leafy things again, or buy plants, or some combo.

The LED grow lights are reasonably priced to start indoors. Keep them from getting too long/leggy by keeping the light close.
I haven't started my own in forever.
 

shrpshtr325

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tomatoe seeds are nearly impossible to kill, so they will come back, maybe thats why tomatoe plants go in garbage? idk, either way pull em before you plant new, my dad sometimes leaves them over the winter and pulls in the spring, he also starts all his own plants from seed every spring, its kind of his thing.

my wife just buys the plants started and plants away.
 

stb222

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What do you do at the end of the season? Do you just chop all the plants like some flowers and they will come back stronger next year or do you cultivate everything and replant new seeds? Total newb
What the others said, I rip out but it seems a few always manage to sprout up and sometimes in adjacent gardens.
 

Roadie

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What do you do at the end of the season? Do you just chop all the plants like some flowers and they will come back stronger next year or do you cultivate everything and replant new seeds? Total newb
All the tomato, squash Cumberland etc plants get ripped out. We don’t compost them. Stuff like chard, kale and collards are left in the ground. We have had them survive the winter and come back to produce in the spring.

My wife is experimenting with trying to save some seeds from a couple of heirloom tomato plants this year. Will see how that goes. We also cut back the asparagus fronds once the have browned out.
 
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