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    2022 Tomatoes are planted

    Not that any are interested, but here is a mator update. Some of this will be repetitive as I might also post it on a Clemson Forum.

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    Finally got my mators planted today. It was a lot of work, will be sitting on my ass the rest of today.
    I harvested the rest of the spinach, lots of it still growing well.

    I am using 5 of these pots again.

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    Last season my mators grew too well, enough to open a road side stand.
    Here is my Bride with them:
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    I dumped the dirt from a pot into a wheel barrow. I am using last year's dirt again (saves me $70).
    I mixed in Tomato Tone and dolomite. I would have liked to have gotten the dolomite mixed in a couple weeks back, but that is not what happened.

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    The wicks from last season were there, so added them back plus two more to the pot. I have no idea if that helps, but know my mators were well watered from the bottom last season with this system.
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    Filled dirt to the top, dug a small hole on each corner to hold a half cup of fertilizer.

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    I built a 2" mound on top and stretched a plastic cover over. These are watered from "wicking" up from the bottom. This does work, and importantly keeps the plants at a consistent moisture level.

    Then I repeated that for the other 4 pots. The plants are tucked away and ready to grow. They get full Sun on my dock and lots of fresh river water.

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    I got some beer and am sitting on the porch dreaming on my first mator sandwich.

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    This year scaled back a little. I put two "determinate" plants that reach just 3 feet high in pots 2 and 4.
    I used something new to me - 'Summer Sandwich'. "A rich, juicy slicing tomato perfect for sandwiches with delicious, old-fashion tomato flavor". I hope that is true.
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    In pots 1 and 5 put 'Park's Whopper CR Improved'.
    In the middle (pot 3) put a 'Big Boy'.
    Those are mators I have grown for years, and they are hard to beat for size, flavor, and yield.

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    Your tomatoes did much better than mine last year. Earlier today, I ordered the tomato tone and dolomite lime from Amazon. I'm going to use new dirt this year, but depending on how yours does this year with old dirt, I may try that next year. I'm going to get one of those cement mixing boxes to mix mine on top of the boat dock. Can't easily get a wheelbarrow up there. I think I'll try your idea with the wicks. I probably won't put mine out till the end of April, although it's probably safe now. You'll have a head start on me. As usual, I've started my plants from seed.

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    Hey man, help me out with some proportions. How much of the dolomite lime and tomato tone did you mix in with 2CU ft of soil?

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    I am getting tired just thinking about all that work. I have had to cut back on tomatoes as they cause an issue with the arthritis I have in my hands from rock climbing and over doing it in '99 and 2000.

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    Mator plants are growing fast and look healthy. All have blooms. It looks like another good year of tasty mators.

    Today I took out my dock ladders and replaced them with dock stairs. Now, if I had a dog, she could run up.
    Loosing my dog almost killed me. Rosie would not need these as no way was she going into the water.

    All I have now is a Bride as old as me. We like to swim in the Tugaloo. Now after we dive in, we can walk out.
    Don't even ask how much this set me back

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    Well, I was a lot later than you getting my tomatoes planted. I used some of your advice as far as soil amendments. I had some rubber tree rings that I cut to size with my table saw to use as mulch, and got a soil humidity guage so I can water when needed, and not over water which I've probably done in the past. I also planted a few pepper plants which I started from seed. Here's my 2022 tomatoes as of last week.
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    I've got to see those dock stairs. I need some. This week is catching up on things around the house before leaving for 5 days at St. Simons Island. Saturday, I've got an all day hand gun training class conducted by the Toccoa PD.

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    Looks like ya'll got the tomato plants up and running. I predict a bountiful harvest. Let me know when they come and I'll bring the white bread, mayonnaise, pepper and salt. Umm Good!

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    now you made me hungry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kelly View Post
    Looks like ya'll got the tomato plants up and running. I predict a bountiful harvest. Let me know when they come and I'll bring the white bread, mayonnaise, pepper and salt. Umm Good!
    Did you mean "white bread, DUKES, pepper and salt"???

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    I thought Dukes was the only mayonnaise that existed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Farley View Post
    Well, I was a lot later than you getting my tomatoes planted.
    Snapped this today when coming in from fishing.

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