Sure hope it warms up soon

Discussion in 'Tomatoes' started by alblancher, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    My tomatoes are about 8 inches tall already.  The eggplant, bells and jalapenos where all started at the same time but are growing a lot slower.   I may have to reduce the amount of light they are getting to try and slow them down a bit.



    Last edited: Feb 3, 2011
  2. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice job!

    When can you usually put them out in LA??

    We don't put ours in until almost Mother's Day.

  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    The end of Feb is gambling time down here.  If I can get up to the farm and wrap the tomatoes when we have the rare freeze I'll transplant them the last week of Feb or beg of March.  I do have a 8 x 16 greenhouse I can move them to if the weather pattern doesn't change but keeping it warm at night is a problem.  I don't know when  I'll try  to transplant but if gets so hot by the end of May we look to have most of the spring vegs out of the garden by June/July.  If I wait till the end of March for corn the bugs will tear the devil out of it by the time the kernels form.

    This weekend I hope to prune the peaches, muscadines, plums, roses and mayhaws.  I'll cut the blueberries back a bit and remove any dead wood from the figs.   By this time I would normally have strawberries but it has been so cold I lose the flowers everytime it freezes.  The potatoes haven't even come out of the ground real good yet and the turnips are about the size of my thumbnail.  At least the cold weather and rain is good for the new pecan trees I put in.

    Glad I dont do this for a living or to feed me and wifey

  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Good luck with them it's sure been way to cold lately.

    Pecan Trees?? Hmm I must of missed the thread where you posted those pics for us [​IMG]
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not much to see Jerry,  just 24 bare sticks in the ground right now.  Put them in the back of the new property on 40ft spacings.  3 varieties  Creek, Elliot and Excell    from Fairmont Plantation in Colfax LA

  6. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    Yeah it looks like their pushing alittle fast, ya may want to try and slow them down a bit. Don't forget to harden them off before ya plant em!!
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We been eatin maters for the last 2 months. There about done now, cut them back & hope they get more buds on them.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I had to look when you posted that statement!

    In order for me to say that same thing, I'd have to post it sometime in October!

  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Bear, The growing season here starts in October, November for vegetables, but fruit grows in the summer. Go figure!
  10. My pawpaw always told me to plant my tomatoes on Good Friday.  It seems like everytime I take that gamble and plant them in February, we get that last freeze and I have to plant them on Good

    Those are some nice looking Plants Al.  Are they Creole's?
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011
  11. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Geez! you guys are talkin' about fresh veggies from the garden, and I'm looking out the window & watching it snow[​IMG]
  12. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Roma which is a plum type of tomato, Better Boy and Celebrity.   I generally try to pick up a couple of Creole plants from one of the local nurseries when they become available.  Good Friday this year is April 22.  Hope I don't have to wait that long for them to go in the ground?  Right now I am shooting for the 2nd week of March. I was always told to never put anything in the ground until the pecans started leafing out but that can sometimes be pretty late in the year also.

    As hot and dry as it was last summer I hope to get a little jump start this year.

    Pruned the peaches, plums, muscadines, and roses last weekend.  Cleaned out the dead branches from the blueberries, figs and blackberries.  Also planted 4 new apple trees last weekend.

    Wifey and I always plant rose bushes for Valentines day so we'll pick up 4 new bushes during the week and build new beds for them this weekend.

    I still have brussel sprouts and broccoli plants under the lights, they will take a bit more cold then the tomatoes but I don't think  they will appreciate the hard freezes we have been having.

    The jalapenos and banana peppers are not sprouting real well so I may try again with some fresh seed if I don't see some improvement in the next couple of days, I moved them into a warmer spot and increased the amount of light they are getting.  Funny, the anaheims are in the same spot and doing very well.

    Well, that's Al's garden diary for the day


  13. bakerboy7

    bakerboy7 Smoke Blower

    I may as well plant them in the snow so they'll be easier for the deer to see. 
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I need to get down to the grove and prune my fruit trees ASAP before it gets too late.  Just been to busy to make it happen. Spent 4 hours with the weed whacker 2 weeks ago so I can finally get up to them without wading thru 3' tall weeds.

    Will plant the garden next month at the latest I hope 
  15. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Love the garden diary, Al. All of those fresh veggies probably taste delicious! [​IMG]
  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL--That would be the decent thing to do!

    I just watched 5 of them walking up the yard. 

    Except one had a gimpy left front leg, and stayed in my plowed driveway as much as he could.

    This deep snow & ice has been hard on them here in SouthEast PA!!!


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