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Old 05-22-2008, 08:08 AM   #151
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I tried tomato plants the past two years. Last year, I got about 10 tomatoes total. The year before, I don't think I even got 5. And vine ripened tomatoes were on sale at Food Lion this week for $1.29/lb. Between the constant watering (the plants need lots of water), the fertilizer and the daily search for giant tomato worms (SOOOOOOOOOO nasty), I decided to give it a rest this year. Maybe next year I'll try again, but I am tired of being disappointed with the tomatoes. My herbs, however, are doing swimmingly!

Good luck with your plants!
Every year I try tomatoes and every year I'm lucky if I get a handful before the frost sets in. I had one year where there was a month's worth of nonstop yellow pear tomatoes and it was heaven. Last year I got 5 tiny, tasteless, dry specimens. I also didn't get a single zucchini last year because we had a woodchuck that would come by & harvest the flowers before I had a chance to. I spotted him in the driveway this weekend, apparantly he's setting up housekeeping underneath our shed . So I feel like I'm planting a garden for the woodchuck.

I've actually been toying with one of those upside down planter things for this year (woodchucks can't jump, right?)
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:13 AM   #152
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You could also stretch real maple syrup with simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water, microwave) and maple flavoring.

Around our house, we use real maple syrup, but we put it in little tiny pitchers for the kids. I got sick of watching them dump half a bottle of syrup over their pancakes. The think the pitchers are cute, I find I use less syrup.
Not a bad idea..in our house we don't allow the kids to pour it themselves...sounds mean-but ds was dumping everywhere! Dh makes some from our trees,but still...... I was raised this way,use a little of the real stuff vs a lot of the fake stuff......
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:24 AM   #153
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But with just 1 tomato plant I can get several tomato's. If I get too many tomato's then I will share them with other family members.
You can also make fresh spaghetti sauce with the tomatoes. I do it every year & it's so simple. I don't even blanch & peel the tomatoes - too much time. I juscut off the tops, quarter & puree them, them add some tomatoe paste & a few other things. My family won't eat any other sauce.

We should be planting our garden over the next few weeks. I can't wait!!!

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I Need to STOP taking my Hubby (and sometimes) kids to the stores with me.
I always buy more than what's on my list, thus spending more money, when DH comes with me.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:13 AM   #154
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I am going to try making my own laundry soap and using white vinegar for my fabric softner. Can you add scents to them for a little different smell?
I am excited to try this, I am sick of spending so much money on fabric softner.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:15 AM   #155
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Hi-- not sure if this is all about grocery stretching (sorry I didn't read the whole thing).. but we found a way to stretch $$ in outdoor home issues-- I for the last few years have been growing a packet or two of seed perennials. It takes year to get them going-- but I have a ton of Daisies (got to share some with my neighbors this year) and have a forget me nots, and beautiful bell flowers! Those are so expensive at the nursery, but the seeds are only 99 cents! This year I am trying to grow a butterfly weed.

We also grow our own herbs-- basil is so easy too.. and you can make it into pesto and freeze it all winter long.

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Old 05-22-2008, 09:54 AM   #156
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I stopped using the heated dry cycle on my dishwasher and also use the china/crystal setting and cut my washing time from 104 minutes down to 35!

I read earlier in this thread that another poster uses the dryer for only towels and jeans. We hang the jeans to dry and throw them in the dryer when they are fully dry (and hard and stiff) for only 5 minutes, and they soften up as if they were in there a whole hour!

LOVE the tips here, keep them coming!
Thanks! I tried this last night and when all my jeans were dry this morning, I threw them in the dryer for 5 min. and it worked great!!!

The dryer is something that I have been trying to use less and this idea will cut back my dryer usage a ton.

Now, about whites and towels......!
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:02 PM   #157
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The other day I was at WalMart and they had tomato plant for sale from $1.25 to $2.95 depending on what type of tomato you want.
So I thought gosh if I spend $2.95 on a plant I can spend that same amount at the grocery store and get 1 or 2 tomatos. But with just 1 tomato plant I can get several tomato's. If I get too many tomato's then I will share them with other family members.
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I tried tomato plants the past two years. Last year, I got about 10 tomatoes total. The year before, I don't think I even got 5. And vine ripened tomatoes were on sale at Food Lion this week for $1.29/lb. Between the constant watering (the plants need lots of water), the fertilizer and the daily search for giant tomato worms (SOOOOOOOOOO nasty), I decided to give it a rest this year. Maybe next year I'll try again, but I am tired of being disappointed with the tomatoes. My herbs, however, are doing swimmingly!

Good luck with your plants!
Instead of planting in the yard, try a container garden. You use much less water and don't have as many problems with pests. I had a salsa garden last year. I had 2 tomato plants and a pepper plant that did really, really well. I also had a shallow pot for lettuce(looseleaf variety-mesclun). The pot was filled with potting soil and I could just throw some lettuce seeds on the top and water. Within days, I had enough for a salad. This stuff was fast growing and prolific. One packet of seeds lasted the whole summer long. Unfortunately, I didn't have much luck with the onions and garlic.
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:46 PM   #158
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I tried the "water down your dishsoap" advice. I just kept adding water 50/50 each time I washed. "refilling the bottle"..if you will. It totally worked, and even at a diluted state, I found that I had more than enough suds to clean the same as before..try it, it works..
I tried it too and hardly noticed a difference!
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:52 PM   #159
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Instead of planting in the yard, try a container garden. You use much less water and don't have as many problems with pests. I had a salsa garden last year. I had 2 tomato plants and a pepper plant that did really, really well. I also had a shallow pot for lettuce(looseleaf variety-mesclun). The pot was filled with potting soil and I could just throw some lettuce seeds on the top and water. Within days, I had enough for a salad. This stuff was fast growing and prolific. One packet of seeds lasted the whole summer long. Unfortunately, I didn't have much luck with the onions and garlic.
I have tried container gardening - had even less success with that, but thanks for the suggestion.
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I can't grow tomatoes either! The only part of our yard that gets enough sun is the front yard...

My Mom has a great spot that faces South-- she grows tons of nice tomatoes. I think you need good soil and tons of sun!

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Old 05-22-2008, 12:56 PM   #161
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I tried it too and hardly noticed a difference!

I have tried that also with the shampoo and I just dose not work all the water makes all the saop come flying out. Now I do this at the end of the bottel should I do it at half way??
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Old 05-22-2008, 01:20 PM   #162
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I have tried container gardening - had even less success with that, but thanks for the suggestion.
I am trying this for the first time this year. The EPCOT flower and Garden expo had a pizza garden this year and DH promised to build me a container something like that. I currently have 7 tomato plants on my window (grown from seeds) which should have been plated last week but DH has still not built me a container and it has been raining too hard to plant anyway. I have big plans for this weekend. If it doesn't work, I figure I only spent $2 on organic seeds, $10 for soil and $10 for wood for the container (reusable next year). However, if it does work, I have a summer full of fresh tasty heirloom tomatoes.
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I have tried container gardening - had even less success with that, but thanks for the suggestion.
I'm sorry to hear that. I really enjoy it.
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I am trying this for the first time this year. The EPCOT flower and Garden expo had a pizza garden this year and DH promised to build me a container something like that. I currently have 7 tomato plants on my window (grown from seeds) which should have been plated last week but DH has still not built me a container and it has been raining too hard to plant anyway. I have big plans for this weekend. If it doesn't work, I figure I only spent $2 on organic seeds, $10 for soil and $10 for wood for the container (reusable next year). However, if it does work, I have a summer full of fresh tasty heirloom tomatoes.
Do you have a pic of the container? Thanks .
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Instead of planting in the yard, try a container garden. You use much less water and don't have as many problems with pests. I had a salsa garden last year. I had 2 tomato plants and a pepper plant that did really, really well. I also had a shallow pot for lettuce(looseleaf variety-mesclun). The pot was filled with potting soil and I could just throw some lettuce seeds on the top and water. Within days, I had enough for a salad. This stuff was fast growing and prolific. One packet of seeds lasted the whole summer long. Unfortunately, I didn't have much luck with the onions and garlic.
I'm trying my hand at this this year. I have a bunch of big old flower pots and thought I'd try tomato's, cukes, peppers and would love to do lettuce can i do it in a round flower pot?? I noticed you had a shallow pot you said. I figure what the heck I'll give it a try. I usually have a black thumb and quit even trying to keep flowers alive so not sure how i'll do with food
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