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Old 08-01-2006, 11:47 AM   #1
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Growing Tomatoes -- has anyone had this happen?

I have always grown tomatoes in the front yard on the side in the sun. This spring, I enlarged my back yard garden area and moved the tomatoes back there so I could grow more of them.

I moved the pepper patch to where the tomatoes had been in front, so I could grow more of them.

My tomatoes are very tall and producing fruit. So are my peppers.

BUT, I have in the past week discovered two small tomato plants growing amid the peppers! One now is about a foot tall and is starting to flower. I don't know what kind they are, but I hope to find out.

How did this happen? Tomatoes that fell from the bush and left their seeds there? Anyone had this happen before?

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Old 08-01-2006, 11:51 AM   #2
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You caught me Jenny. I snuck into your yard late one night and planted those. Wait till you see what else pops up
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:04 PM   #3
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You got it, Jennyemma. They are called "volunteers".
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:12 PM   #4
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I always plant mine in the same place. This year, I found one growing with the sage, and another by the compost bin.
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yep. Happens... enjoy!!
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Old 08-01-2006, 12:32 PM   #6
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Sure Jenny it happens here too, birds eat tomatoes, birds deposit seeds behind, tomatoes fall smae thing. I get this all the time. We rotate our plants from year to year so they don't get nematodes.So each year we get tomato plants coming up all over the place.
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nematodes

what do they look like?
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Old 08-01-2006, 01:07 PM   #8
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nematodes

what do they look like?
Jenny they are hard to see, they gather round the roots of the plant. They are tiny and are pear shaped and similar to worms, but very small. It causes the plant to have patches of stems and leaves tha brown, and die, the plant wilts easy..There are ways to take care of the ground before the next planting, but, that is why we plant in a different spot each year. Course it's pretty easy here as we line in the country..But, if I had a small garden, i'd seek out the best nursery and get help from them.
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Old 08-01-2006, 01:25 PM   #9
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We rotate our plants from year to year so they don't get nematodes.
I think that is what happened to mine. I had some plants that started from a buried tomato. I planted them in pots, and they were doing great. Then one after the other they just wilted and died. I was bummed!
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Old 08-01-2006, 02:08 PM   #10
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I think that is what happened to mine. I had some plants that started from a buried tomato. I planted them in pots, and they were doing great. Then one after the other they just wilted and died. I was bummed!
When I buy plants and something goes wrong I take the plant back and the nursery I deal with will tell me if it's a pest or if I did something wrong. I 've learned a lot from them and from my dad who always had a garden. Gardening is something both sides of my family has always done, and loved.

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