Gardening

How Did My Garden Grow?

As the summer winds down, it’s time to report in on my garden. To be honest, it was a lot more failure than success. Tomatoes My tomato harvest was 2 Red Reif Oxhearts and about 15 Isis Candy cherry tomatoes. The third plant grew tall and green but did not produce a single piece of fruit. All three were heirlooms, and apparently this was a bad year for…
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The Tomato Project: The Planting

As I’ve mentioned before, I have grand plans for a vegetable garden in raised boxes, but I haven’t had time to build the boxes or decided where I’m going to put them. So, I decided to start learning how to grow vegetables in the meantime. When I have the boxes, I’ll start from seed, but these tomatoes started from seedlings. Tomato Project Part 1 My decision to plant tomatoes was…
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The Tomato Project: Part 2

Staking Tomato Plants I chose indeterminate tomato plants. Indeterminate plants can be made to grow on a vine, whereas determinate plants will form flowers at the top of the stalk then stop growing. The plant will grow into a bush, which must be contained. The first step after planting was to wait. And wait. And wait. Once I saw the first flowers, it was time to go to…
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How to Make Backyard Compost

This weekend, I finally got my compost bin. If you haven’t considered composting, you should, and I’ll tell you why. If you want to, but aren’t sure how to start, I’ll show you how. Why You Should Compost There are two main reasons you should compost: 1. It’s cheaper than buying potting mix or garden soil. And you don’t have to drive anywhere to get it. You’ve got…
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How to Set up a Garden Share Day

I don’t yet own a house, but I’m already dreaming of my future garden. At the very least, it will have a lemon tree and an herb patch. I might also try tomatoes and another kind of fruit tree. However, having grown up with several fruit trees/plants in my backyard, I’m well aware of the challenge of growing produce: getting rid of it before it goes bad. You…
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The Tomato Project: Part 3 – I Have Achieved Tomato!

It’s been almost three months since I transplanted my tomato seedlings into the garden. The plants are still growing. Two are four feet tall and still growing. The third is also tall, but I suspect it has a virus and I’m going to have to pull it. Harvesting My First Tomato I have my first striped Roman tomato. It weighs in at five ounces. It came in a full month…
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Tomato Project Part 4

So it’s been about six weeks since my last tomato update, and boy do I have an update. I have tomatoes coming out my ears! Tomato Harvest to Date Two of the three tomato plants are thriving. The third has recently started to produce, but they’re pretty sorry looking tomatoes and I’m not sure I trust them. However, the other two plants are thriving. They’ve been producing about 7-8…
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Beginner Gardening – Which Tools Do I Really Need?

My yard is 75% dead, if I’m being generous with my estimate. We’ve also discovered that most of the sprinklers are broken. One has a broken sprinkler head, and I think the control box is broken for the front set. I’ve chosen to see this as an opportunity to replace a lot of the dead plants with native, drought-resistant plants and plant a vegetable garden on the sloped…
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Tomato Project Part 5

It’s been another six weeks or so since my last tomato update. No picture this time because my plants are looking pretty crappy right now! The leftmost one is nearly dead. The center one is dying, with just three small tomatoes left growing. The rightmost plant is dying on the bottom and thriving on the top. I’ve completely abandoned pruning so that they stopped growing out of reach. Pretty…
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