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Has anyone grown the "Burpee Tomato Tasty Treat" tomatoes? I cannot find any information on the website. The seed packet says they are bite-sized so will they be like cherry tomatoes? My plant is already 5 feet tall and starting to flower.

Asked by: Kara18
Hi, I've never heard of "Burpee Tomato Tasty Treat" but perhaps you mean "Early Treat Tomato Hybrid"? I saw this variety at my local Home Depot (Burpee brand). Early Treat is a smaller regular tomato variety, similar size to that of Fourth of July Hybrid Tomato (which can be found here on the site) although "bite size" would definitely imply cherry tomato.
Answered by: sunflowerlover
Date published: 2018-07-13

My watermelon vine has filled my4’x6’ raised bed.  Should I thin it out now that fruit is forming?  The vine is shading the fruit.

Asked by: Pick8476
Watermelon is a very aggressive-growing plant so for you it would be determined as to which is more valuable. The watermelon will likely grow best if you do not thin it out, as you suggest, but what I would do is try to steer the vine and tendrils away from the fruit and direct is elsewhere, perhaps even out of the raised bed.
Answered by: sunflowerlover
Date published: 2018-07-13

A THUNDERSTORM JUST CAME THRU AND BLEW DOWN ALL MY CORN STALKS LIKE DOMINOES! WILL THEY RISE BACK UP OR DO I HAVE TO STAKE EACH STALK? IS THIS COMMON AMONG LARGE CORN GROWING FARMS? THANKS BOB

Asked by: THATHANKA
Hi, this often happens to me whenever we have a violent storm come through. I'm not sure about large farms but happens to me in my garden. It really depends whether the stalks were damaged badly or not, and how bad the storm was. If they're really bad, then I would stake them to be on the same side, but usually my corn is ok after a day or so and stands back up on its own.
Answered by: sunflowerlover
Date published: 2018-07-13

What vegetables are good to grow in zone 9

Asked by: Blg1
In zone 9b we have four seasons: cool season crops in the winter (lettuce), warm season in the spring and fall (tomatoes), and hot season in summer (sweet potatoes). The answer to your question depends on where you garden in zone 9.
Answered by: Judy1
Date published: 2018-07-04

I have blossom end rot on some yellow squash and zucchini,how can I stop it?

Asked by: wally24
Blossom end rot on squashes usually means inadequate pollination. Usually bees perform the pollination for you, but bee populations have been in steep decline lately. You can hand pollinate your female flowers in order to circumvent this problem. I pick a male flower off of the plant and then remove the colorful petals. Then what you have is a pollen bearing body on the end of a stem or stick. Then gently daub the pollen bearing body onto the female pollen receiving area in the center of the female flower. Soon you will have a nice big squash forming on your vine. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-07-07

If I use weed fabric in my vegetable garden do I have to take up every fall so that i can put fertilizer in and till up in spring?

Asked by: Dianed
I personally have never gardened with weed fabric, although it is great for controlling weeds. I use instead old newspapers or brown paper that is available in rolls at your local home center in the paint department. These slowly rot through the growing season, and get spaded or tilled into the soil each winter/spring. (I add some mulch on top of the paper in order to keep the wind from blowing it away.) As for your weed fabric, I would say yes, you must take it up every fall and reapply it in the spring following tilling, etc. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-06-24

When is the best time to cut back burning bushes?

Asked by: Sara1948
There are two schools of thought on this. One says the best time to cut back most shrubs is "when the shears are sharp" i.e. anytime at all. The other school of thought says "wait until they are dormant in winter." I generally agree with the latter. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-06-24

I always see info on flower seed packets about "starting seeds indoors," but what if I want to KEEP them indoors? Can I grow potted house plants and hanging baskets from seeds, and do I need to do anything differently in order to do this?

Asked by: annabelle_george
Yes, you can grow seeds indoors that never, ever go outside for their entire lives. The only thing to do "differently" is to never use outdoor garden soil for your indoor plants. And the most common failure of indoor plants is due to inadequate light. Good luck.
Answered by: Hessianguy2
Date published: 2018-06-24
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