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1 hour ago, bob_G said:

The black one is a soft bucket.  Made from felt. Easier to handle than plastic. Plants like them. They come in sizes from 1-10 gallon.

 

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Thanks, I just "googled" soft buckets to what you meant. I too grow in containers and those look interesting. Do you place them directly on the ground and leave them full all winter?

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11 mins ago, K Foley said:

Thanks, I just "googled" soft buckets to what you meant. I too grow in containers and those look interesting. Do you place them directly on the ground and leave them full all winter?

Yup, place them on the ground.   I have left them out all winter with no damage. I redo my container soil each year. Dump the old soil into a large container, add cow manure, some additional potting soil, and place back in the pot.

If you do decide to buy some, really search online. Prices vary wildly.  Plus, I love the handles.

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1 hour ago, bob_G said:

Yup, place them on the ground.   I have left them out all winter with no damage. I redo my container soil each year. Dump the old soil into a large container, add cow manure, some additional potting soil, and place back in the pot.

If you do decide to buy some, really search online. Prices vary wildly.  Plus, I love the handles.

Thanks for the info and i see what you mean just playing a little on line. Much cheaper than brick and mortar stores for sure. I "renew "my soil as well each year.The only issue I have dealt with is some blight with the tomatoes that I seem to be getting under control organically this year. I will be switching out of the hard plastic buckets next spring for sure.

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1 min ago, K Foley said:

Thanks for the info and i see what you mean just playing a little on line. Much cheaper than brick and mortar stores for sure. I "renew "my soil as well each year.The only issue I have dealt with is some blight with the tomatoes that I seem to be getting under control organically this year. I will be switching out of the hard plastic buckets next spring for sure.

Most hydroponic stores carry them.  I think they're very popular among home cannabis growers.  But I bought mine on Amazon. Of course they came from China.  But they were also half the price.

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Tomatoes.

I've got some beautiful plants, covered with fruit, but nothing is ripening?   Last year I was up to my armpits in tomatoes, all sizes by 8/7.   I'd say this year I'm 2 weeks away.

How are yours doing?

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36 mins ago, bob_G said:

Tomatoes.

I've got some beautiful plants, covered with fruit, but nothing is ripening?   Last year I was up to my armpits in tomatoes, all sizes by 8/7.   I'd say this year I'm 2 weeks away.

How are yours doing?

My cherry and grape tomatoes are going crazy-  we’ve been picking for a couple weeks.  We only have one beefsteak and have gotten about a dozen tomatoes so far.  I’ll be making pickles tonight- overnight spicy pickles are the best!!  I’m not sure what to do with all this zucchini...

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25 mins ago, Fitzy said:

My cherry and grape tomatoes are going crazy-  we’ve been picking for a couple weeks.  We only have one beefsteak and have gotten about a dozen tomatoes so far.  I’ll be making pickles tonight- overnight spicy pickles are the best!!  I’m not sure what to do with all this zucchini...

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Nice stuff Fitzy.   I love zucchini, and mine took a merciless beating this year at the hands of my chipmunk friends.  They either dug up the seeds as soon as I planted them, or pulled out the seedlings as soon as they broke the soil.

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15 mins ago, bob_G said:

Nice stuff Fitzy.   I love zucchini, and mine took a merciless beating this year at the hands of my chipmunk friends.  They either dug up the seeds as soon as I planted them, or pulled out the seedlings as soon as they broke the soil.

Yah, I had a brief issue with a groundhog.  He mowed down our snow peas early in the year, but I got rid of him that day.
 

Hope you get those chipmunks taken care of.  We have a local hawk that hangs out in our neighborhood- he must be the one keeping our chipmunks in check.

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