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  • in reply to: How long does Semaspore last? #13838

    Suds
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    I've sprayed the little buggers with Pyganic, an OMRI Listed pyrethrin spray, with varied success. You may also want to try EcoBran. It has a small percentage of chemical on it (not organic) but really does the job. They have a pamphlet on this site that talks about using the two baits together. Here it is:
    Lasting Grasshopper Protection with Modern Baits

    in reply to: Building a Tomato House #13810

    Suds
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    Ahhh, good call! I'm gonna' hinge the front plexiglass panel so that I can get to the goods easily. I originally thought that I could just reach down through the top of the house – but that would make reaching the lower tomatoes tough. Hinging the front should help if I need to increase air circulation too.

    in reply to: Tomatoes, what kind is the coolest? #13805

    Suds
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    Green Zebra's – Hilbilly's? I've never heard of them … although I might stop drinking if I ever saw one in my garden.

    in reply to: Tomatoes, what kind is the coolest? #13785

    Suds
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    Here it is. Yum-zook!

    Burpee's Burger Tomato

    in reply to: Organic Mix for Starting Seeds #13782

    Suds
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    ATTRA or the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has a webpage called Potting Mixes for Certified Organic Production. It's loaded with all kinds of information to help organic producers find commercial sources of organic potting soil…or make their own!

    in reply to: What size pot for pepper plant? #13778

    Suds
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    Go big! Especially if your planning on growing your peppers outside. The ideal pot size for peppers grown outside is five gallons – smaller containers can be used indoors but will restrict root growth and plant size, which may not be a bad thing indoors. As for the type of container, my personal favorite is terra cotta. I like the way they look and they have the ability to "breathe," which keeps potting soils cool and wicks excess moisture away from plant roots.

    in reply to: Help selecting composter #13776

    Suds
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    I have the Original ComposTumbler which I purchased here a little over a year ago. While it carries a hefty price tag, I decided on it because of it's large size (I have a big yard). I've been pleased with the composter ever since I got it and I especially like the crank handle, which makes it easy to turn large piles.

    in reply to: Tomatoes, what kind is the coolest? #13775

    Suds
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    Alrighty! When you're talking about tomatoes you need to know what you're looking for. There are two basic kinds: Indeterminants and determinants.

    Indeterminants are often taller and continue to grow, fruit and flower until frost. Early Girl and Burpee's Burger are two popular examples. Determinant tomatoes are often shorter and bushier and are great for growing in containers. Northern Exposure and Sweet Tangerine are two popular determinants.

    In my garden, Oregon Spring and Forth of July are usually the first two varieties to reach maturity. They also get major bonus points because they taste great! Early Girl and Sungold (a yellow colored cherry tomato) also receive rave reviews. By the way, you can't beat the flavor of a Sungold tomato.

    I'm pretty sure all of these tomatoes will grow well in the Pacific Northwest. Just remember, tomatoes crave rich, well drained soil, consistent heat (a south facing wall works great), and plenty of sunlight. Give them the love and care they need and your tomatoes will be the talk of the neighborhood.