I filled up the straw bale holes, plus beyond the straw bales, there are plants in the ground till the end of the soaker hose. 15 ft or 25 ft soaker hose, can’t remember. Here’s what I got in the straw bales: 2 zucchini plants. You can hardly see them in the photo- there they are, by the stick. Next on the tomato cage is an Armenian cuke plant (Hurray! they are so hard to germinate for me), next 2 tomato cages have tomatoes in them- Dr Wyche yellow tomatoes, or orange banana. On the ground there’s another tomato, then a winter squash plant. The squash are green striped. another tomato, then an eggplant plant that I started indoors and got real big. The wooden trellis has pole beans planted beneath, and somewhere in-between is anther cuke plant. here’s hoping it all
goes grows well!
I love my Rosemary plant.
The terracotta clay pot broke when a gust of wind came by, so I went to this green plastic container that was a little bigger. The plant doubled in width and you can see I keep a flat top on it; pinching off the tallest parts for cooking. I miracle grow it about once a month too.
Here it is (below) in the photo about 2 months ago after I replanted it in a terra cotta pot when I bought it at Wal-Mart. good buy for only 2.50.
I know rosemary is good for beef and lamb, but I use it the most in hash browns in the fry pan. I love my rosemary plant, but do these keep growing in the winter? I’ll have to read up on that… maybe clip off most of it to use dried.
These are my little garden tags along the fence line. I have pole bean and cucumber tags; some tags for my tomato varieties too. They are waterproof with the clear packaging tape on them. Punched a hole in the tag to string them to the fence.
It’s going to be quite a garden this summer. I’ve got my south windowsills full of tomato plants. Below photo is behind the sofa windowsill.
another windowsill behind a sofa below:
In the bathroom (below)
bedroom windowsill (below)
Running out of South exposure windowsills, I have to utilize the kitchen Island where the sky lights are.
Have to wait till the temperature at night is 50 degrees before planting tomatoes.
Here’s a tray of tomato seeds; various kinds. This is a 72 piece peat tray and what surprised me was the miraculously short time span it took for them to germinate. February 26th in the evening I put in the seeds and on the 4th day- March 1st, I saw 8 of these sprout up in the 2nd row (2nd row from the back). After thinking about it, I think I found out why the “instant” germination.
The reason why they came up so fast- I had the space heater on the bathroom counter and the place was well over 70 degrees. It was very warm and ready for the seeds, and I watered the tray the night before to get the little peat things well watered, but really, never before has any seedlings germinated that quick before in my experience.
It was the Tlacolula Mexican ribbed tomato that sprouted first. These two photos above were taken on the 6th day.
I take off the netting when I transplant these little seedlings so their roots can form better.
this video has me thinking of doing this is in the backyard when we get 90 degree weather again! I did dehydrate some tomatoes in the dehydrator.
I was picking a roaster pan full every day through August and September. Had 5 different kids- Brandywine’s, Colossal, Abe Lincoln, Dr. Wyche Yellow (was my favorite), and a few others.
These tomatoes have been coming in handy and they lasted till November. I made a lot of tomato soup to freeze and I was adding up the savings when I think of a can of soup is at least $1.19.
It’s nice to be able to pull out a frozen portion of tomato soup; beef and barley too which takes a lot of tomatoes for the broth. I froze tomatoes plain to make fresh beef and barley soup. Isn’t Beef and Barley the best soup there is?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
It’s a rouge Vif D’ Etampse pumpkin (French), although I don’t like the light colored flesh to bake with, but the seeds are good to butter, salt and bake.
I planted these tomatoes plants on the side of the house this morning and took this photo. This spot gets south west afternoon sun and is shielded from the north wind, so I thought it be a good place for tomatoes!
This view is missing the 4th tomato plant on the left. I filled in grass clippings around the plants, and circled them so you could see where they were. These were the smaller left over plants in the greenhouse. The bigger ones in the previous post went to the garden and I’m not sure what each type is (these were from the tray that didn’t get labeled properly). I think there is a Brandywine plant in the middle of the 2nd photo. The first and last plant are beef stake ones, that is why I put them by the green metal post.
For the last 8 years this spot was filled with climbing rose bushes. I put an add in the paper for someone to come and dig them out and haul them away. A mom and daughter came yesterday and it was a big job for them since the roots were woody and down deep, but they got them out! There van was filled with 4 big climbing rose bushes when they drove away.
I was so happy to have this space for tomatoes! I’ll have to take another photo in August of this exact spot.
We grew these tomatoes and I didn’t realize how much I loved germinating seeds and growing things until this spring when we germinated a lot of seeds. It’s the first time they turned out real well. Started these in the house and used every south windowsill, but the lights in the bathroom we had set up did a lot too.
Lot of these sold at farmers market which means we got payback for the seeds we bought this year- $50.00 worth.
These are our 2 feet tomato plants we started from seeds and even though it’s a little early (mothers Day 2011 ) we had to get them planted so they wouldn’t break off at the stem. Planted them by the garage; not in the garden because they are more wind protected by the garage. These were not grown in the greenhouse even though I checked the category on this post as “greenhouse”.
We’ll have to heat the greenhouse next year to get the tomato plants this big, also these are like a beefsteak variety, so they grow bigger. This one is a Dr. Wythe’s yellow tomato from Bakers Creeks seeds, although they are more orange like in color.