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Post by BobCat on Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:04 am

I thought I'd start a topic on my current clan today, since the pups began channeling Grommit yesterday, by visiting the tomato patch and eating their fill of yellow cherry tomatoes.  Actually, it's not exactly a tomato patch - it's a "volunteer" plant that sprang up right in the middle of my rose garden.  I had tried those Topsy Turvy tomato planters in an attempt to plant tomoatoes out of their reach, and have had marginal luck, to be kind, with them.  The planters are so heavy that they snapped the wrought iron hangers right off the fence posts, so the TT people sent me a hanger contraption that is strong enough to support them, but as the plants grow, they hang down low enough that the pups could just walk right up and have a taste from there as well.  So next season, we'll have to go back to the drawing board and try to rig up an area that is off limits to the dogs, but doesn't prevent me from getting in there to tend the plants.


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Post by Sue Short on Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:34 pm



That's great. Well at least for the pups, now as to sharing
the tomatoes I don't know about that.
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Post by bpaquet on Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:09 pm

Birds and bugs are tasting my tomatoes. But, I have SO many this year that I can't be upset. I planted too many plants because I had such rotten luck last year. Of course, this year the plants go wild. The kitties are uninterested, and the neighbors' dogs obviously have not heard of tomatoes. They just come to make our yard the doggy potty. My mom's dog does like tomatoes though. She is lucky that her garden is outside the fenced back yard, so the pups don't normally get into the good stuff.

Could you put the hanger contraption on a stand of some sort? That might lift the plants far enough to be out of pup reach.
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Post by Suzzzz on Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:04 pm

Lol!! The pups are following a noble tradition in the Grommit household! Cool I love you

I still think the Topsy Turvey system shows promise. I may try it myself next year. (This year all I had was one gifted volunteer plant which was nommed to the nub by deer just as it flowered. No tomatos for me! Crying or Very sad ) The key to TT seems to be a strong anchor to an immovable object. Perhaps Wes can modify the hanger contraption such that it is so firmly welded to a strong support (fence post or whatever) that a hurricane couldn't detach it. Plus, of course, a barrier to marauding Pups! pirat


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Post by fiffur on Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:07 am

My neighbor has one hanging from the rafters of her porch and it's nearly hanging down to her knees. I think a strong wire cage at ground level will keep a plant like that safe from ground maurauders like squirrels, chipmunks, and Grommit-channeling puppers!
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Post by jeanebellini on Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:58 pm

have you tried using a half barrel to plant in? we did that one or two years back home cuz dad refused to plow the garden and plant and mom wanted tomatoes. So she bought the plants and i took care of them in the half barrels. that and growing the vines up one of those metal cone things could bring the up high enough to keep away from the pooches. don't know about the birds and squirrels cuz we didn't have squirrels around the house (the lived in the woods that were no where near us) and the birds never really bothered out garden...just bugs.
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Post by BobCat on Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:19 pm

jeanebellini wrote:have you tried using a half barrel to plant in?
You know, that's not a bad idea. That SHOULD be tall enough that they couldn't get into it, but yet not so tall that I can't get to the plants. Of course, I know good and well that my excellent little jumper girl Lyra could jump that high, because I watched as she jumped from the floor to the top of the kitchen table in one spring to get her favorit B-A-L-L one day, but she's not as food-driven as Argo.
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Post by Susan A on Thu Jul 22, 2010 5:47 pm

http://www.gardeners.com/Tomato-Success-Kits/VegetablePlanters_Cat,38-659RS,default,cp.html

BC, These dudes work pretty well, and they offer the bonus of being self-watering. That may not be so much of a deal for you, but here in the torrid climes, plants can cook and die between breakfast and dinner. I used them on my deck back in Atlanta. The plants did great. My problem there was that we lived in a very wooded area, and I just couldn't get enough sun to really produce any 'maters of consequence.

I tried going straight into the ground here, but I have really had trouble keeping up with the weeds. I may go back to the containers next year. We'll see. Yesterday I found the chickens pecking at the tomato plants. Do you suppose they were channeling Grommit too?!? I swear that rooster is looking more and more like meat to me. The Hub has named him "Stewart Potts" and calls him "Stew" for short.


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Post by BobCat on Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:58 pm

Maybe I'll ask Santa for one of these! There's even a "trolley" to raise them up out of doggies' reach!
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Post by Sue Short on Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:08 pm

GROAN!!! That is so BAD. Chicken Stew anybody?
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Post by jeanebellini on Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:30 pm

that base is almost as high as a half barrel....wonder of you could put it up on a couple barrels to make it higher??

hmm...Stew Pott...how about Pot Pie:)
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Post by fiffur on Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:29 pm

Pot Pie, what a name for a chicken.............. and yes it does sound like they're starting to channel Grommit too. It's also possible they were pecking at pesky bugs that were on the plants so they were helping keep the plants from getting bug-eaten.

My 'maters are so small, the plants are only about a foot high but I do have two tiny 'maters finally growing for me. Whether I get to eat them or not depends on the weather and the critters. But it is the first time I've actually gotten past the flowering stage. Cross your fingers for me.
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Post by BobCat on Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:27 am

Today is my Bob Cat's birthday (not MY birthday - one a year is enough!). I love you I love you I love you He turns 10!!! How did that happen so quickly? He is truly the love of my life - my best hugger boy and my buddy - even if he did urp this morning on my freshly washed pink top that I had draped over the top of the washer so it could dry nicely... No Laughing
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Post by fiffur on Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:27 am

Maybe he was trying to give you a "pop art" present? Either way..............

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB! You're only 9 months older than my Bijoux. And you don't look a day over 3 IMHO.
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Post by BobCat on Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:19 pm

Yep - I'm singing "Sunrise, Sunset" again today...
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Post by fiffur on Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:35 pm

Now I have that song running through my head...............and yes the years are flying by. Where did they go?
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Post by WarriorNY on Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:44 pm

Happy Birthday, Bob!
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Post by jeanebellini on Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:56 pm

hope you were feeling well enough tonight to get some birthday goodies puss!
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Happy Birthday to Argo & Lyra!

Post by BobCat on Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:03 pm

Today they turn 2 years old! Do you believe it? They're not my little puppies anymore...snif.

Anyway, Happy Birthday to my little Prince and Princess !
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Post by Sue Short on Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:02 pm



you're kidding me. I don't believe it.
Anyway HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! Very Happy
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Post by WarriorNY on Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:19 pm

Happy Birthday Argo and Lyra! I can't believe it either...2 years old already!
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Post by jeanebellini on Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:21 pm

ah,you should put them in the birthday thing..i didn't see them in there!
2 yrs old...that's not so old! bet they're still puppies in their minds!
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Post by fiffur on Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:32 am

Hard to believe it's been two years already, it sure doesn't seem like it was that long ago you got them as tiny puppers.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LYRA AND ARGO!
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Post by BobCat on Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:59 pm

jeanebellini wrote:ah,you should put them in the birthday thing..i didn't see them in there!
2 yrs old...that's not so old! bet they're still puppies in their minds!

They still act like puppies, that's for sure. I don't think I can add them to the calendar unless they're members of the forum! That stinks. It would be nice to have our critters on the birthday board!
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Post by jeanebellini on Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:48 pm

that's weird....you'd think a calendar would be something you could put events on..like anniversaries and if we had get together etc. (I went in there to see if i could do something and nope, can't...though when you click on a date the little box changes colors)
maybe moderators might be able to put stuff in?
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