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2015_Day 199: Can tomatoes stand the heat?

Tomatoes on the kitchen windowsill.

Tomatoes on the kitchen windowsill.

On this hot, summer Saturday, I’m happy to report that I’ve got a windowsill full of tomatoes from my garden. But looking at the forecast for the next week to 10 days, I think it’s going to take a lot of extra water to keep that sill full of the red fruit. Continue reading

2015_Day 198: Peppers struggling under tomatoes

Flowers on peppers.

Flowers on peppers.

I’ve never grown peppers before, but I think it’s odd that it took four months for them to flower. Maybe it’s that the tomato plants have moved in on their territory, so they’re getting less direct sun than they might need. Although given it’s been in the 90s for several weeks, the shade may be helpful. I honestly don’t know.
Tomato plants tower over peppers.

Tomato plants tower over peppers.

I’m not sure how much longer the Easy Girl and Better Boy tomato plants will hold up to the heat. They’re getting plenty of water, but they’re still getting pretty brown. There are still a couple dozen green tomatoes on the vines and even a few yellow blossoms, but at this point in the hot summer, I doubt the flowers will amount to anything. The cherry tomato plants are finally full of red and green tomatoes. FINALLY! And they’re delicious, too!
Cherry tomatoes.

Cherry tomatoes.

2015_Day 186: Prep work underway for fall garden

It seems weird planting seeds for a fall crop. I love Texas!

It seems weird planting seeds for a fall crop. I love Texas!

When I planted my tomatoes back in March, I figured they’d be toast by early July. But they’re doing pretty good thanks to a cooler spring and early summer. There still are a lot of flowers on the bushes, not to mention fruit, so I’m hoping that they’ll keep producing for another couple weeks, despite little rain and upper 90s in the forecast. And, because one of gardening bibles (it’s okay to have more than one, right?), “Month-by-Month Gardening in Texas,” told me to, I planted seeds for a fall crop today, too. Continue reading

2015_Day 185: Fight against birds goes on

I hate to jinx it, but I think I might slowly be gaining ground in my fight against the birds pecking at my tomatoes. I’ve only seen one bird in the netting since I put it up almost a week ago. I have seen birds on the backyard fence, and there are a few tomatoes near the area that’s easiest for them to get to, but they do appear to be leaving the others alone. Continue reading

2015_Day 181: Rain, the birds and pretty flowers 

Just two days after our area of central Texas got 3.2 inches of rain, we got dumped on again. This time it was only 1.5 inches, but the night is young and the skies are still threatening to open up. The raised beds and the flower pots continue to fill up.

While I was out between downpours checking the rain gauge, I was disappointed to see a mockingbird fly out from beneath the netting around my tomatoes. Darn birds! #%@&

Another blogger suggested I try a birdbath to keep then away from my tomatoes. I must admit I’ve read about that as a solution, too. That they’re just looking for water. Although given the bird had access to several natural birdbaths (refer to photo at top of this post) and still was found beneath the tomato netting, I have my doubts. Again, darn birds!

One thing I’ve neglected to write about the past few days is that my gazanias are finally starting to flower. And oh, how cute they are. I was surprised to find out though, that their flowers apparently close at night. Realized that this morning when I took a quick stroll around the yard before work and saw one of the buds curled up. By the time I got home from work today, it was open again. Being so pretty must take a lot out of them so they have to rest at night, yes? As long as they bloom during the day, I don’t really care! 

 

2015_Day 180: Upping the ante in my bird war

Okay you crows and mockingbirds. How much do you really like my tomatoes?

Okay you crows and mockingbirds. How much do you really like my tomatoes?

So tell me the truth. Is netting really going to keep the birds away from my tomatoes? Given that my garden now looks like a huge spider web, I hope so. It was fairly easy to put up — I put a 5-foot tall trellis at each end of the two 4×4 tomato beds, then anchored one set of 5×15 netting on them. Because the birds seem particularly fond of the big tomatoes, I criss-crossed another piece of netting over them. Continue reading

2015_Day 179: This gardening interruption brought to you by Mother Nature

I was wrong to think these storm clouds would roll on through with little rain to show from them.

I was wrong to think these storm clouds would roll on through with little rain to show from them.

Oh, I had such grand plans for this fine Sunday. Well, I had plans anyway. Get my inside work done during the hottest part of the day, and when it started to get cooler, head outside to get some gardening in. I had devised a plan to try to keep the birds away from my tomatoes, and I was going to take action. Continue reading

2015_Day 176: Blossoms and blooms

Despite leaf-footed bugs (and crows, I’m thinking now) getting at my big tomatoes, the blossoms just keep coming on my Super Sweet 100s. The cherry tomatoes haven’t produced as many red tomatoes yet as I hoped they would, but all the blossoms give me hope. Continue reading

2015_Day 173: Leaf-footed bug(ger) getting tomatoes 

For the last month, I thought the birds were pecking away on my tomatoes, leaving them pocked with a hole here and there. Tonight, though, it was worse, with half of the bigger tomatoes with holes this size.
I saw this bug last night, but it got away, only to reappear today. It did not escape my wrath tonight.
A little time on the internet tells me it’s the leaf-footed bug, which I don’t recall seeing in Wisconsin. I’m not sure if it’s totally responsible for the pocked tomatoes, but it’s getting the blame right now. I’ll have to keep a close eye on the ‘maters and dispose quickly of the bugs I find.

I hope I can keep it in check or my tomatoes are in trouble.