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Steve Mills

Garden club this Saturday!!!

Posted Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 9:18 PM
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  • I have a question for all the more experienced gardners out there. I planted Roma tomatoes from seed this year. They were doing just fine until yesterday when I found a bunch of my little seedlings without their first leaves and now looking like they are about to keel over. I can replant, but what might be going on with these little guys?

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 10:59 AM
  • If they got dark and fell over at the soil line, I am thinking "damping off". Here is a good article on it. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/277/

    Let us know if this hits te spot or we need to go further.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 11:39 AM
  • Sammy must not be trying to hard. I have one cat that can look at my dog and the dog runs, one that tolerates him when he wants to and one who like sammy they are best buds. They wrestle,bite each other, smack each other and sleep together. When one of them gets to rough though the other knows because I hear a yep or a hiss.

    -- Posted by Thatsmystory on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 11:50 AM
  • That's the best kind of dog to have ... just a good ol' mutt! They're the best.

    -- Posted by welkindance on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 12:11 PM
  • You are right, Sammy does not object enough, but when he does PITA does not take it seriously. Sammy can yell, hit her and run to no avail.

    You are also right, that we have some that PITA "respects". I think Sammy made the mistake of trying to be friendly at first and PITA does not believe him now. She has such a big mouth that she takes Sammy's head all the way inside or has his whole neck surrounded.

    I don't think PITA will mean it, but we are afraid she could hurt Sammy in an instant of extra exuberance.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 1:04 PM
  • Steve,

    Sounds like that might just be what happened to my little plants. The article said something about microwaving the soil? I thought I was doing pretty good with them, keeping them just moist enough and they just up and started to keel over.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 10:37 AM
  • You are not alone in this problem Sharon. It has happened to most, if not all of us.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 8:22 PM
  • Well, I didn't make the meeting last night. I was out till dark putting down fertilizer and pre-emergent to prevent crabgrass and other summer annual weeds. I was pretty tired once I made it home. But what a great day to be outside working.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Sun, Mar 21, 2010, at 7:31 AM
  • It sure was. These first few weeks of Spring are just what is needed to re-start the engines.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Mar 21, 2010, at 8:07 AM
  • Steve,

    I think I figured out what happened to my Tomato plants and it matches the cute little black one in the above picture. I found evidence of it on the floor when I arrived home tuesday morning from work. I am going to replant and put the seedlings in a room where my cats can't eat them for supper.

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 3:50 AM
  • I have always made the space where I put my seedlings too uncomfortable for a cat, but the brown and black thing on top of the black one does not care how small, large, uncomfortable or hidden something is, so I will not be starting seeds in the greenhouse this year. Her nose leads her to anything new.

    Yes, I know I could get rid of her, but look at that face! Eventually, (HOPEFULLY) she will calm down. I put a collar on her and she knows this means I am getting to the end of my "rope" and hers.

    I put a large log chain on her collar when she has been particularly aggravating and now all I have to do is pick up the chain and she sulks off. So do the other dogs, although they do not have a collar on, nor ever had the chain attached. They're not dumb critters.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Mar 25, 2010, at 9:02 AM
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