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  1. @Anna N There are - they are indeterminate tomatoes!  Most heirloom varieties are indeterminate.  I grew one hydroponically in the corner of my apartment for almost a year until its roots finally clogged my system and caused a major flood - I had about 20 gallons of nutrient in a pond in the middle of my living room floor!  It was the best tomato plant ever, for the two of us that is... it just kept giving... maybe 4-5 tomatoes per week...  the caveat is that while the plant keeps producing, the vine keeps growing also - so you wind up with a vine about 30 feet long.


    In fact, most greenhouse tomatoes are indeterminate as well, as they provide steady production for a long time.  Those are usually hybrids though, typically bred more for fungus/disease resistance than for flavor.  Most greenhouses train the vine up a string tied to a truss of the greenhouse's ceiling.  Then, as the plant grows towards the ceiling, they let some string out and lean the plants over to take up the space.


    @DiggingDogFarm - I have never seen those... I wish I could try one before trying to grow it...  I've got pretty limited space (I'm on the 21st floor in about an 800 sq. ft. apartment) - so unless I want a pepper plant in the bathroom or bedroom (which would be an issue because of lighting), I need to be selective as to what I want to grow in the limited space my living room provides...

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  2. That's the problem with habaneros... I love their fruit flavor, but the heat is just way too intense.  I wish I could grow the red, long hot peppers I've seen in SE Asia - they're usually about 4-5 inches long and about 3/4" wide at the widest point, tapering to a point.  They've got great chili flavor, but aren't very hot.  I think I've seen seeds for them from time to time, but I don't know what I'd do with a flush of peppers all at once... there's only two of us, and once frozen or pickled, it's not the same as if you were using them raw and sliced thinly.  I wish there was a such thing as an indeterminate pepper plant that would keep growing for a year putting out a few peppers per week.... that would be awesome...

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  3. As a small business owner, I would also add that when looking for people to hire, attitude (cleanliness, timeliness, organization) is very important, but if you will be working side by side with this person, it is also good to find someone who is a good personality fit otherwise that relationship will not last long!

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  4. When we were there, we went to Cheung Chau and really enjoyed it.  We  went to a seafood restaurant by the water, and among other things got some mantis shrimp (they looked good in the tank, and we'd never tried them before) but they were almost impossible to peel!  Maybe they weren't in season, or maybe not cooked properly, or maybe that's just how they are?

  5. When we were in Hong Kong, my wife fell in love with the steamed bao filled with black sesame. It became her favorite dessert (she doesn't like sweets).  Hard to find in NY - even in Chinatown, but we do see it from time to time on our travels, and always have to get it!


    Supposedly, somewhere in Hoi An, there was a woman who had a black sesame pudding stall, but we never found her.

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