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AccuWeather's winter 09-10 early prediction is out. For a colder, snowier winter than last year. Oy, three years running! And though we've had true summer (since Thursday...) he only expects a week to 10 days of that. Then back to cold summer. And by mid-August the tropical storms start, for - you guessed it! - cold rainy summer.

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Good to hear the Earthboxes

Good to hear the Earthboxes worked so well for you, Beth! I love my Growboxes, and get 3 seasons worth of crops out of them. My little bit of in-ground garden isn't really suitable for crops.

The automatic watering system sounds awesome!

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Speaking of weather, we're

Speaking of weather, we're paying for the mild summer we had.  Going to be 99 F and humid today.  Was 96 F yesterday.  I finally got the automatic watering system up and running for the remaining earthboxes.  Love the earthboxes, love the watering system.  I may ditch the main garden next year (except for potatoes!).  Between the deer eating the tomato PLANTS (reached over the electric fence - and apparently got a tomato cage stuck on its head since I found it in the middle of the back yard - he he), the mole creating tunnels for the voles to eat my potatoes, squirrels who love everything I plant and the tomato disease (fusarium) in my soil that has built up over the years, it is not producing nearly enough for the effort it takes.  With the self watering containers, I grew enough to keep me happy with no major pest problems, and no weeding, and now no watering.  Now it is time to plan the indoor ag "farm" for the fall.  Gotta wait until after vacation to plant.

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Beth - thanks! I'll look for

Beth - thanks! I'll look for Serenade. The 3-in-1 neem-oil based stuff I've used is pricey, and seems pretty damaging to leaves.

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Gisette,   I always plan to

Gisette,

  I always plan to apply a fungicide regularly - and never do!  I do have Serenade that I use occasionaly.  The toms have to fend for themselves.  Maybe next year I'll do better...

 

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Beth - on the topic of rain

Beth - on the topic of rain and green tomatoes - Do you do anything fungicide-wise on your tomato plants? I think mine have septoria leaf spot and regular leaf mold...

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I'm not missing the hot humid

I'm not missing the hot humid weather this year - but I am tired of looking at green tomatoes.

Amen, Beth!

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Great.  Just what I want to

Great.  Just what I want to hear.  You have no idea what happens when it snows in southern Maryland.  Massive panic.  And our two county snowplows (well more than two- just seems like it) take days to clear the roads.  On the plus side, it'll give us more time to play with our ag's!  I saw an ag at the local hardware store with mini jalapenos planted.  So cool!  I want them! And I will be doing cucs this fall.  Can't wait for Peat to get back and update us on his grow. 

I'm not missing the hot humid weather this year - but I am tired of looking at green tomatoes.

Beth