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    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Remember the Topsy Turvy plantr thread?

    Here is what one looks like after 6 weeks. I planted this one on Labor Day.
    It has several tomatoes already and dozens of flowers.

    It's a lot easier than my potted tomatoes. I've got Roma in this baset.
    I'm loading up another one with zuchini today.

    Paul



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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    John Kane Guest

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    On Jul 8, 3:00*pm, "Paul M. Cook" <pmc...@gte.net> wrote:
    > Oops -
    >
    > http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3
    >
    > Paul


    bizarre but it does seem to be really working.
    John Kane, Kingston ON Canada

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    Bob Muncie Guest

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    Paul M. Cook wrote:
    > Oops -
    >
    > http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3
    >
    > Paul
    >
    >


    Paul - Not knowing what size or type of tomato plant, it would still be
    safe to say it so far looks like a lot of growth, and the plant looks
    healthy. Let us know when they are producing, and if you have the
    experience, in what volume compared to the tradition in the
    ground/planter method.

    In my case, That would just make the deer and raccoons in my
    neighborhood happy. They'd think they were going down a grocery store
    isle with that type of presentation :-) In fact, the squirrels deer and
    raccoons are giving me the challenge of not eating all the bird food in
    the feeder that is at about 5.5 foot off the ground. The raccoons hate
    me now as I've put petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the pole thickly enough
    they mostly slide back down while trying to climb it. The deer have
    broken the squirrel shield within a day or repair with their shoulder.
    The tallest white tails can *just* get their tongues over the lip of the
    feeder and lick the food out. Once they break the shield, the squirrels
    can take a running start and get up the pole before sliding and can grip
    the wooden lips of the feeder, but then due to their weight, rip those
    off. So if you are a movie fan, I have a "Caddyshack" situation going
    on, but Bill Murry would think he's on easy street. <sigh>

    As it is, I'm waiting to see how this year's 6 tomato plants I have out
    fair (4 early girls, and two beefsteaks)in ver large size planters, and
    sitting about 4.5 foot off the ground on top of a face cord of wood.

    Regards,

    Bob

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Bob Muncie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:h32s32$ef$[email protected]..
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >> Oops -
    >>
    >> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    > Paul - Not knowing what size or type of tomato plant, it would still be
    > safe to say it so far looks like a lot of growth, and the plant looks
    > healthy. Let us know when they are producing, and if you have the
    > experience, in what volume compared to the tradition in the ground/planter
    > method.
    >


    I have roma in the TT. I also have celebrity and yellow pear heritage in my
    ground planters. So far the celebrity is putting out more fruit. However,
    the TT is fast catching up. The TTs work, the trick is daily watering.

    Paul




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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Jean B. wrote:
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >> Oops -
    >>
    >> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3


    > Wow! That sure has flourished!


    Well, it's been there since last September!

    nancy

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:9X65m.26609$[email protected]..
    > Jean B. wrote:
    >> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>> Oops -
    >>>
    >>> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3

    >
    >> Wow! That sure has flourished!

    >
    > Well, it's been there since last September!
    >


    Oops, Memorial day.

    Paul



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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Paul M. Cook wrote:
    > "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:9X65m.26609$[email protected]..
    >> Jean B. wrote:
    >>> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>>> Oops -
    >>>>
    >>>> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3

    >>
    >>> Wow! That sure has flourished!

    >>
    >> Well, it's been there since last September!
    >>

    >
    > Oops, Memorial day.


    (laugh) Sorry, Paul, I was just goofing, I knew what you meant.

    Your tomato plant looks great. Maybe next year I'll try the topsy turvy.

    nancy

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    James Silverton Guest

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    Nancy wrote on Wed, 8 Jul 2009 16:17:51 -0400:

    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >> "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:9X65m.26609$[email protected]..
    >>> Jean B. wrote:
    >>>> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>>>> Oops -
    >>>>>
    >>>>> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3
    >>>
    >>>> Wow! That sure has flourished!
    >>>
    >>> Well, it's been there since last September!
    >>>

    >> Oops, Memorial day.


    > (laugh) Sorry, Paul, I was just goofing, I knew what you
    > meant.


    > Your tomato plant looks great. Maybe next year I'll try the
    > topsy turvy.


    I haven't tried those things and I was suspicious too but, from all
    accounts they seem to work and the tomato plant does not turn around and
    go the other way.


    --

    James Silverton
    Potomac, Maryland

    Email, with obvious alterations: not.jim.silverton.at.verizon.not


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    notbob Guest

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    On 2009-07-08, Paul M. Cook <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Here is what one looks like after 6 weeks. I planted this one on Labor Day.
    > It has several tomatoes already and dozens of flowers.


    Looks good. How much does the whole thing weigh?

    nb

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    Merryb Guest

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    On Jul 8, 1:17*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    > > "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > >news:9X65m.26609$[email protected]..
    > >> Jean B. wrote:
    > >>> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    > >>>> Oops -

    >
    > >>>>http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3

    >
    > >>> Wow! *That sure has flourished!

    >
    > >> Well, it's been there since last September!

    >
    > > Oops, Memorial day.

    >
    > (laugh) *Sorry, Paul, I was just goofing, I knew what you meant.
    >
    > Your tomato plant looks great. *Maybe next year I'll try the topsy turvy.
    >
    > nancy *


    My sis just used big plastic pails, like the ones you get in hardware
    stores. She cut a hole in the bottom of it and planted the tomato,
    filled with dirt, and hung them up. I think she said she planted
    flowers in the top, too...

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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Merryb wrote:
    > On Jul 8, 1:17 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:


    >> Your tomato plant looks great. Maybe next year I'll try the topsy
    >> turvy.


    > My sis just used big plastic pails, like the ones you get in hardware
    > stores. She cut a hole in the bottom of it and planted the tomato,
    > filled with dirt, and hung them up. I think she said she planted
    > flowers in the top, too...


    Cute! I certainly have enough buckets. I'd just have to get
    something to hang it from. We'll see.

    nancy

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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "James Silverton" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:fS75m.91$[email protected]..
    > Nancy wrote on Wed, 8 Jul 2009 16:17:51 -0400:
    >
    >> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>> "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >>> news:9X65m.26609$[email protected]..
    >>>> Jean B. wrote:
    >>>>> Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >>>>>> Oops -
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3
    >>>>
    >>>>> Wow! That sure has flourished!
    >>>>
    >>>> Well, it's been there since last September!
    >>>>
    >>> Oops, Memorial day.

    >
    >> (laugh) Sorry, Paul, I was just goofing, I knew what you
    >> meant.

    >
    >> Your tomato plant looks great. Maybe next year I'll try the
    >> topsy turvy.

    >
    > I haven't tried those things and I was suspicious too but, from all
    > accounts they seem to work and the tomato plant does not turn around and
    > go the other way.



    It sure does try to. The stalks form very long Js.

    Paul



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    Paul M. Cook Guest

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    "notbob" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:So85m.22238$[email protected]..
    > On 2009-07-08, Paul M. Cook <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Here is what one looks like after 6 weeks. I planted this one on Labor
    >> Day.
    >> It has several tomatoes already and dozens of flowers.

    >
    > Looks good. How much does the whole thing weigh?
    >


    Without fruit, maybe 30 pounds.

    Paul



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    Janet Bostwick Guest

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    "Bob Muncie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:h32s32$ef$[email protected]..
    > Paul M. Cook wrote:
    >> Oops -
    >>
    >> http://tinypic.com/r/20uub2a/3
    >>
    >> Paul

    >
    > Paul - Not knowing what size or type of tomato plant, it would still be
    > safe to say it so far looks like a lot of growth, and the plant looks
    > healthy. Let us know when they are producing, and if you have the
    > experience, in what volume compared to the tradition in the ground/planter
    > method.
    >
    > In my case, That would just make the deer and raccoons in my neighborhood
    > happy. They'd think they were going down a grocery store isle with that
    > type of presentation :-) In fact, the squirrels deer and raccoons are
    > giving me the challenge of not eating all the bird food in the feeder that
    > is at about 5.5 foot off the ground. The raccoons hate me now as I've put
    > petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the pole thickly enough they mostly slide
    > back down while trying to climb it. The deer have broken the squirrel
    > shield within a day or repair with their shoulder. The tallest white tails
    > can *just* get their tongues over the lip of the feeder and lick the food
    > out. Once they break the shield, the squirrels can take a running start
    > and get up the pole before sliding and can grip the wooden lips of the
    > feeder, but then due to their weight, rip those off. So if you are a movie
    > fan, I have a "Caddyshack" situation going on, but Bill Murry would think
    > he's on easy street. <sigh>
    >
    > As it is, I'm waiting to see how this year's 6 tomato plants I have out
    > fair (4 early girls, and two beefsteaks)in ver large size planters, and
    > sitting about 4.5 foot off the ground on top of a face cord of wood.
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Bob


    I sympathize. Not many deer, but raccoons are very persistent. On another
    note, I have found a solution to ants getting into the hummingbird feeder
    and making a mess. Last year I found this little plastic tub of sticky
    stuff called Crawling Insect Gel-Trap by JT Eaton. It is incredibly sticky
    and the sticky never goes away. I wrapped a piece of foil around the pole
    that holds by feeder and spread some of this stuff on it. There had been a
    steady march of ants up and down the pole. In less than a half hour two
    ants were stuck and couldn't get loose. Another ant approached the
    perimeter, walked around and went back down. No more ants even came near
    the pole again last summer, in fact, I haven't gotten around to changing the
    stuff for new this year and still no ants. My neighbor wrapped a tiny bit
    of foil around the hanging cord of the feeder and put a bit of the sticky
    stuff on and had no more ants. Great stuff.
    Janet



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