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Subject: Re: BH&G: Better Tomatoes Date: 4/14/2013 7:48 PM
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FWIW, as of today, I have 14 tomato plants in the ground, some with green tomatoes the size of shooter marbles on them. Down here in S.E. Loosiana, we have a fight between the frost and the hot weather. Most tomato plants won’t set fruit when the temperature gets into the 90s. I usually put them into the ground around April 15th and they are finished by the 4th of July. I have a number of 4-foot by 20-something or 12 foot beds. I usually lay down a layer of newspaper under the weed-block cloth and plant the plants fairly close (maybe every 30 or 24 inches apart), through that. I put a drip system in that I can control with the electric timer from a lawn sprinkler. On top of all that, I’ll dump a few inches of chipped pine & oak branches, bark, pine cones, pine straw, etc., etc. on top.

I been talking to the local LSU garden expert and he tells me that tomato plants are very sensitive to the chemical Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, KillzAll, etc. He say that he has seen damage from using it around & on raised beds for up to 30 days after application and from just spraying it 3 or 2.5 feet away from the tomato plants.

I have been having problems with critters ( mainly deer) eating my tomato & chili plants day don’t like them chilies when the fruit matures, no!!!) so this year I’m inclosing most of my raised beds with deer netting, which is about 8 or 7 feet high. It also retards the birds from eating newly sprouted beans, peas, okra, etc.

C.J.V. - haven’t figured out how to keep the coons from eating on my pineapples yet, me ;-(
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